Deadline Dishes — Aubergine Curry with Zanna Mackenzie

Zanna Mackenzie is here to share one of her amazing recipes today! So without further ado, let’s meet Zanna!

Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!

If You Only Knew is Zanna’s third novel; her previous books The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.

Find out more about Zanna on her blog www.zannamackenzie.blogspot.co.uk, on Twitter via @ZannaMacKenzie or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zanna.mackenzie

First up, I’d like to say thanks to Heather for letting me take part in the Deadlines, Dishes & Drinks feature on her blog!

The recipe I have chosen to share with you is aubergine (eggplant) curry and it’s something of a family favourite. We usually make this dish once a week – on a weekday as it’s pretty quick and easy to pull together and full of stock cupboard type items.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do if you decide to give it a go!

Aubergine Curry

This quantity serves 2 approx.



  • 1 onion
  • 1 aubergine (eggplant in the USA). If you don’t have this to hand you could substitute a tin of chickpeas.
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • Vegetable stock
  • Turmeric
  • Curry powder (medium)
  • 2 large beefsteak tomatoes (finely chopped)



  1. Fry the onion in a little vegetable oil until soft and just starting to colour.
  2. Add finely chopped aubergine (eggplant) to the onions in the pan and fry for a few minutes until the aubergine softens and browns.
  3. Add 2 chopped garlic cloves to the pan and cook through for a minute or two.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of medium curry powder to the rest of the ingredients in the pan.
  5. Mix 1 generous teaspoon of vegetable stock powder in a little hot water and stir to dissolve then add to the pan and stir all the ingredients for a few moments.
  6. Add the finely chopped tomatoes to the pan and stir through, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently until the tomatoes reduce down to a thick sauce consistency.
  7. Serve with rice, poppadum or bhajis – or all three!

Would you have the courage to feel the fear and fall in love anyway…?

Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as she has been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.

Then Zane and Matt arrive on the scene as the new owners of the Carrdale Adventure Sports Centre.

Dating Zane, she soon discovers he’s not the Mr Perfect she thought he was; and why is he so reluctant to talk about his past?

As for Matt – well, to Faith he isn’t Matt at all because he was a completely different person when he broke her heart all those years ago.

With her new boyfriend and her first love running Carrdale as business partners – Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets – Faith struggles to keep the peace between them whilst trying to figure out how she feels about the two men in her life…

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  1. Eileen says:

    perfect meal for all the summer vegetables coming soon. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks Eileen!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for letting me be a part of Deadline Dishes Heather, much appreciated!

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