Red Thai Coconut Curry with Eggplant

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This version of Thai curry is made with light coconut milk and has a third of the calories and fat. For a milder taste, substitute green or yellow Thai curry. Serve hot over basmati rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package extra-firm tofu

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans light coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste

  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon tamari

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas


  1. Wrap tofu in several layers of paper towels. Place in a colander in the sink. Set a plate on top of tofu and weigh down with a large, heavy can. Let stand for at least 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, shake cans of coconut milk well prior to opening. Pour 1/2 of 1 can into a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk in curry paste until well blended. Add eggplant, onion, and bell pepper, stirring well with a rubber spatula to prevent breaking of tender eggplant during cooking.

  3. Stir remaining 1 1/2 cans coconut milk, dark brown sugar, tamari, rice vinegar, and salt into the saucepan. Mix well. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.

  4. Unwrap tofu and cut into bite-sized cubes. Stir into curry mixture. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add peas and cook until warm, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
26g Fat
36g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Sodium 1091mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 57mg 283%
Calcium 340mg 26%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 659mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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