Eggplant and Potato Stirfry

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Eggplant and Potato Stirfry

Eggplant and Potato Stirfry

This recipe is easy to throw together (you know me now, I am a lazy cook like the easy way out), and is something you can make when you have more veggies than you know what to do with. You can add any veggies you like, but don’t omit the eggplant. It lends the dish a certain creamy texture that you will love.

Making Eggplant and Potato Stirfry

I buy food stuff on impulse, and i always tend to leave the market with more stuff than I intended to buy. Making lists haven’t helped me-something always comes up sha. God, help me! The boys at the vegetable market have figured this out, and when I go there, the conversation goes something like this:

Me: Nasiru, abeg give me tomatoes, pumpkin, and spring onions.

Nasiru: Ok Aunty, but we get fresh leeks *grabs a bunch and shoves it in my face*

Me: *to myself* they are fresh sha. Oya, give me leeks.

Nasiru: Ok Aunty, you don see our fresh cauliflower? Very big, i dey keep am for you.

Me: *not stopping to think how he could be keeping it for me when he doesn’t know when I’ll come to the market* Oya, give me cauliflower.

He doesn’t leave it at that. He goes on to show me eggplants, their freshest mint and coriander, beautiful red cabbage, huge radishes, etc. And I always fall for it, and when I get home, I have to plan more meals than I set out to make, just so I can use the veggies at their freshest.

Moral of the story- don’t be like me. Buy what you need. And if, unfortunately, you are as impulsive as I am, send someone to the market with a list instead. Lol.

Eggplant and Potato Stirfry

This serves 4


  • 700g of Irish potatoes, cubed and cooked till just done
  • 300g of skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 large eggplants, cubed
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 atarodo, chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon of Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 2 tablepoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of salt, divided


Heat oil in a wok over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add onions, ginger, chicken, and 1/2 tablespoon of salt.

Cook the chicken for 4 minutes, then add tomatoes, eggplant, green pepper, carrots, leek and atarodo. Stir, and cook for 4 minutes.

Add potatoes, remaining salt, black pepper, basil, oregano and paprika. Stir well, and cook for 4 more minutes.



Hi, my name is Chidinma. I’ve been happily married for 4+ years (actually almost 6 years now), and my husband and I have been trying to have our own children for almost all the time we’ve been married, with no success…yet. We haven’t lost hope (far from it), and we believe it will happen very soon.

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Gaitsnstrides - April 23, 2016

Hi Chidinma, awesome recipe as always. Sorry to be a bother but can u send me a list of important spices to have in my kitchen? I know u posted it on the nairaland site sometime ago but I can’t find it again. Thanks dear!

    Chidinma - April 23, 2016

    Hi Gaitsnstrides. No bother at all.
    Here you go:

    Ground cumin
    Ground coriander
    Coriander seeds
    Mustard seeds
    Toasted sesame oil
    Sesame oil
    Garam masala
    Bay leaves
    Star Anise Seeds
    Lemon grass sauce
    Hoisin sauce
    Oyster sauce
    Fish sauce
    Plum sauce
    Soy sauce
    Balsamic vinegar
    Carraway seeds
    Black pepper
    Sea salt
    Orange blossom water
    Rose blossom water
    Whole cloves
    Ground cloves
    Dried basil
    Ground cardamom
    Dill seeds
    Dried rosemary
    Adobo seasoning
    Cayenne pepper
    Lemon Pepper
    Cajun spice
    Worcestershire sauce
    White pepper
    Ginger powder
    Garlic powder
    Dried sage
    Oriental 5 spices
    Liquid smoke

    There are dozens of other spices, but these are the ones in my cabinet.

      ese - April 28, 2016

      wwoooowwwwwww…. the list is stylishly long ooo…. i have some of them sha…. and i would coninue to buy more as time goes on..
      However, this meal is going down on may 1st.. i would give a feedback on how it goes..

        Chidinma - April 28, 2016

        Lol. Not stylishly long, e long! Little by little is the way to go. Looking forward to the feedback.

Ogo - April 23, 2016

Omg at d list of important recipes! R u kidding me? Well I guess I have to make do with stocking little by little. Moreso I have no idea hw to use them. Except ofcourse with all d help I cn get here.
My other problem: when I go to buy vegetables from these abokis, I c a lot of vegetables that I have no idea what their names are and how/what to make with them. Cauliflower, pumpkin, spring onions, leeks…I hv no idea what dey are! Is it possible you could do a post on vegetables obtainable in nigeria? With pictures, names, possibly nutritional values…
Am a newbie, av not been able to see all d past posts. So incase you have done somethin like this before, can you pls giv me d link. You have a marvelous blog and am hooked already. Thumbs up

    Chidinma - April 25, 2016

    Lol, i know what you mean. What i’ll do is this: the next time I go to the vegetable market (most likely Sunday), I’ll take pictures of all the veggies they have and do a post. I apologise for replying late, i’ve been of the grid a bit

Ogo - April 27, 2016

Wow tnx a lot. Remain bleased as u continue to bless our kitchens

Twingirls - May 2, 2016

Delicious! That is simply the word, and for somebody watching weight, its fabulous, I filled my tommy, knowing I was taking more veggies dn carbohydrate! Deema u rock.

    Chidinma - May 4, 2016

    You know you rock more! I apologise for posting late, my phone is broken.

nikkie - May 3, 2016

i just finished making this now and waoooh, so tasty, i enjoyed it. Thanks chidimma

    Chidinma - May 4, 2016

    These kind of comments make blogging worthwhile. Thank you darl.


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