Sunday, November 6, 2011

Eggplant with Lentils - Indian Style

Indian eggplants (cut vertically)
Cooked yellow dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
half handful curry leaves
2 red chili peppers (to taste - cut)
1 tblsp masala (sweet)
1/4 teaspoon hing (astaphoria powder)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin powder (or seeds)
red chili powder to taste
garlic to taste
one spoon to taste jaggery (molasses)
one spoon to taste tamarind
shredded coconut (if desired,)

Fry mustard seed in oil until it snap, crackles and pops
Add curry leaves (if they're wet, watch out!)
Add mixture of dry powders
Mix well

Add eggplants

Add molasses and tamarind
Stir well, cook for 7-10 minutes
Add cooked 1 cup dal and 1/2 cup water
Bring to boil
Add salt and chopped coriander to taste
Serve with rice


  1. Amanda,
    I'd like to try this recipe, but I've never used some of the ingredients and am not sure where to get them. Can you find dal, masala, hing, and tamarind in a regular grocery store? I actually have no idea what these ingredients even are. Also, I've used curry powder, but haven't seen curry leaves anywhere.

  2. Hi Librarian Girl! Many of the items you can find, but curry leaves, probably not, just because it is a "fresh" item and they don't sell well outside of Asian stores. Curry powder includes curry leaves usually but has other items in there... but if your taste buds like it, it works!


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