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Eggplant and Ground Beef Curry Recipe

Eggplant and Ground Beef Curry

Eggplant and Ground Beef Curry

Eggplant and ground beef are a great taste combination.  They are good in meat sauce for pasta, and wonderful in curry too!  Eggplant gets very tender and becomes a nice melt-in-your-mouth texture.  Well-browned beef gives a tasty flavor to the sauce.

Using ground beef, you don’t have to cook this curry as long.  It is very easy and quick, but has the same great taste as our regular curry. Perfect for everyday dinner!

If you would like to know more about how to make curry, please watch our Curry and Rice video.

Eggplant and Ground Beef Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 5-6 servings


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 large egg plant (or 4-5 Japanese eggplants), 1" cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 oz curry sauce mix (120g)
  • Optional Seasonings
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 Tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • Steamed Rice


  1. Heat oil, ginger, and garlic in a large pot. Add meat and cook until browned, then add onion (and carrot if using) and cook until soft. Finally add cubed eggplant and stir.
  2. Add water to the pot. After it boils, skim any fat, and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add curry sauce mix. Stir well so the pieces of the mix dissolve.
  4. If you'd like to use the optional seasonings above, now add the ketchup, Worcester sauce, apricot jam, and soy sauce. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes (cook longer if you'd like it thicker).
  5. If you'd like to add the optional curry powder, stir it in just before serving.
  6. Serve the curry poured over rice.

Eggplant and Ground Beef Curry

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  • Sarah
    January 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hello Noriko,

    This recipe seems really tasty and I want to make it, but what is curry sauce mix? Is it powder in a packet or liquid in a jar or something else? I live in the SF Bay Area, so it’s no problem finding in our stores…I just am unsure what it is exactly.

    Thank you!

    • Noriko
      January 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      it is a block of curry roux in a box. It should be in Asian food isle at regular supermarkets in SF, or Japanese markets.

  • Estee
    February 13, 2014 at 9:23 am


    I wonder is there substitute for curry sauce mix?

    Thank you.

    • Noriko
      February 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      that would be a whole different recipe…stay tuned!

  • gene
    September 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Do you ladies have a recipe for grilled Japanese eggplant ?

    • Noriko
      September 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      not yet, but we will!

  • mark
    September 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    could I use quorn mince or would it be too sweet?

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

      you mean corns? I never tried but sounds yummy! Salty and somewhat spicy curry sauce and sweet corn should go very well.

      • Ariel
        September 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        Quorn is a proprietary brand name of a mushroom-based meat substitute. Kinda tastes chicken-y. Personally I think it would be good!

        • Noriko
          September 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

          it does sound good with curry! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Gayle suhich
    August 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I live in the Virgin Isalnds and finding the curry sauce will be near impossible. Has anyone made it with a substitute yet? I’d be interested as I plan on making it tomorrow.