Last updated March 19, 2023 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Vegan, Low-Carb Eggplant Curry

An eggplant curry for the Candida diet.

Making Indian cuisine at home is far tastier and healthier than take-out! This delicious eggplant curry is vegan, full of nutritious ingredients, and a delicious low-carb choice for your Candida diet.

Since eggplant has the starring role in this curry dish, take the time to choose the freshest one you can find. When shopping for an eggplant, be sure to look for one that has a nice green stem, is firm to the touch, shiny and deep in color.

Our eggplant curry is a satisfying dish, full of colorful vegetables and a delicious homemade sauce. And it has a little kick of heat that will simply make you want more. Eggplant and tomatoes simmer in a warming, fragrant combination of classic Indian spices and vegetable broth.

This easy curry dish has a soft, luscious texture and a rich, flavorful sauce that is perfect for pouring over gluten-free pseudo grains such as quinoa or millet.

This dish is a great make-ahead meal, allowing the flavors to develop more fully and get richer with time. It can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. It is also freezer-friendly, so you can save time and get a welcome break from cooking during the week. Just make an extra batch, then thaw your curry overnight in the refrigerator and reheat the next day.

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4.4 from 53 votes
An eggplant curry for the Candida diet.
Eggplant Curry
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 2 Tbsp. oil, such as coconut or olive
  • 1 large onion, diced, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • A 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large eggplant, about 1 1/2 pounds, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or water
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh minced basil
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes.
  2. Next add the curry powder, turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, salt, minced garlic and ginger. Sauté, stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the diced tomatoes, eggplant and jalapeño pepper. Stir the mixture to combine thoroughly.
  4. Finally add the broth or water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, covered, until the eggplant is tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish the curry with red pepper flakes and fresh minced basil. Serve with either cooked quinoa or millet.

Curries are a delicious option for low-carb diets like the Candida diet. The flavors and ingredients make them both satisfying and healthy. You can find more than 100 Candida diet recipes just like this in our Ultimate Candida Diet program, which I created with Dr Eric Wood.

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  1. Pam Truscott says:

    5 stars
    Sounds like a wonderful recipe I can’t wait to try it thank you so much

  2. Marilyn Simone says:

    5 stars
    Yummy! The spice flavors were so fresh tasting, I added extra fresh chopped ginger to the leftovers…

  3. Ellisha says:

    Just literally made this dish and it is GOREGOUS! I’ll be using this recipe even when I’m over my Candida! Thank you

  4. Veronica says:

    4 stars
    This is really yummy, and definitely a repeat for me, but I don’t know if advertising it as “low-carb” is really fair. It has almost 17g of carbohydrate per serving (granted, that’s not net). I don’t know if it’s because of the brands of some of the ingredients I used, but compared to fat (at 7.8g) and protein (at 2.9), carbohydrates really dominates this dish. Add in a cup of cooked quinoa per serving and that brings the carb count (again, not net) up to 26.6g).

  5. Natalija says:

    5 stars
    Mega tasty curry! Thank you for the recipe. I have one question though, is it ok to add cheek peas to the dish? Or should I avoid those on anti-candida diet?

  6. Lindsay says:

    5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe! I add a head of broccoli and some unsweetened coconut milk when I make it. Reheats really well 😊

  7. Hoang says:

    5 stars
    It was suprisingly delicious! I’ve been experimenting with food lately and came across this promising meal. It was easy to make and suited my guts! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. Ivana says:

    5 stars
    Amazing. I left the eggplant dices salted for 20 minutes and washed them before adding them, to avoid bitter taste. It was great 👌

  9. Isabella says:

    5 stars
    This dish was surprisingly super tasty! I have a lot of food allergies so I had to exclude the onion and jalapeño pepper but I added more garlic and some bay leaf and it tasted great!

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