Step 1: Assemble initial ingredients
2 onions, coarsely chopped
few dried chiles, whole
sweet red pepper, chopped (Bell pepper or similar. These were gypsy peppers from the farmers' market.)
1.5 lbs Japanese eggplant*, chopped
few fresh chiles, chopped (how spicy do you like your curries?)
ginger, coarsely chopped
leeks, chopped (I had leftovers in the fridge; they're hardly traditional)
Add the onions and dried chiles to the pot with some canola oil, and stir while you chop the rest of the veggies.
*Use anything but the big Italian type. Asian eggplants are smaller, sweeter, and cook better in stir-fries.