Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eggplant Channa Gravy


Where does the time go? I haven't been able to update my blog or visit yours either...I am going on vacation next week and i thought i will post something to say i am here :-) Hoping to blog and blog hop regularly after that. Though i am not leaving comments on your blogs, i am up2date on your recipes, thanks to Reader :-)

This has been in my blog for a long time...I created it for FIL eggplant and i think there are several FIL events that have taken place after that and here it was still in my draft!! I decided to post it today.

I learnt this from my mom. Kind of :) My mom makes awesome Rasavangi - a type of gravy with Eggplants. I asked her to make it once when she was here and she added channa to it and it was totally yum! As usual, i was only concentrating on pigging on it and never bothered to take the recipe. I keep forgetting to take the recipe from her too whenever i talk to her over the phone, but one day i had this craving to have it immediately and i created my own recipe and it was quite close to it. I was pretty impressed with my own guessing ability :) Just FYI, i still haven't remembered to ask her for the recipe :-O



Ingredients :

Eggplants - 10 (medium sized ones that you get in indian store)
Channa daal - 1 cup
Channa - 1/2 cup (pressure cooked)
Curry powder - 3 spoons (or more :))
Tamarind paste - 1/2 spoon (or the equivalent water extracted from fresh tamarind)
Salt to taste
Coconut - 3 spoons (optional)
Mustard seeds, urad daal, hing and curry leaves for seasoning.



Method :


Grind the curry powder and coconut together with little water and keep aside.
Pressure cook channa and channa daal. Steam the eggplants in microwave till they are soft. Add the eggplants to the cooked channa and daal. Add tamarind water, salt and curry paste. If you decide to avoid coconut, just add the curry powder directly to the eggplants. Cook it till the raw smell disappears. Takes approximately 5 minutes since the curry powder does not have much raw smell as the ingredients are roasted before grinding. Season with mustard seeds, urad daal, hing and curry leaves. Can add red chillies too.
This is a quick fix for me as i usually have cooked channa in the freezer.
Tastes good with Rice and Roti.


26 comments:

lata raja said...

Vidhya, oru adai and this gravy will make me smack! The thadka itself is invitingly pictured.

Akal's Saappadu said...

welcome back and happy break too :):)
wish you a very happy holidays! the channa eggplant curry looks nice tangy and thick at the same time; I do a similar curry with coconut milk. it goes well with dosai too :)

K said...

Its the same with me too:)

Have a nice vacation!

Tina said...

Its a new combination and recipe..delicious...

Priya said...

I can eat this gravy with anything, that too with rice and papads, such a delicious gravy..Have a great vacation dear, enjoy!!

Rekha shoban said...

wow!i think it goes well with chapathi...yum!!!

Happy cook said...

Love the combination, looks creamy yummy.

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice different recipe...delicious

DEESHA said...

I have never combined eggplant & channa .. cool recipe

Cham said...

Have a great time and don't worry about blog! Tasty recipe!

Indhu said...

I use chana dhal with chayote squash (chow-chow).. Adding chana is new... love the picture with the tadka :)

Have a great vacation!

Gita said...

This gravy is new to me Vibaas...looks tasty...I have to try it sometime...have a good time in your vacation :)

Andhra Flavors said...

new to me, must try once.

Vibaas said...

thanks all :-)

@Priya, yes i love it with rice too.

A_and_N said...

Just some Thaisaadam and I'm happy :) with this!

Divya Vikram said...

Brinjal and channa sound like a unique combo. looks tangy n yummy!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Wow this curry is new to me..Looks delicious..Will surely try this..

Sanjana said...

Vibaas wow, I've never tried cooking aubergines in this way- But it sounds delicious! I hope to try it out soon. And I love your recipes- fantastic blog :) Definetly following you!

jeyashrisuresh said...

gravy looks yummy.and see u soon with ur great recipes.Have a happy vacation

Vibaas said...

Thx all for ur lovely comments n wishes.

sowmya.s said...

good one..looks yumm...

Dershana said...

happy vacation. the combo sounds yum. a pep to eggplant.

Raje said...

Interesting combinations, looks delcious!

Anupama said...

Eggplant and chaanna??!!! Wow... never heard of this combo, but the gravy sure does look deli... gotto try it soon

Andhra Flavors said...

nice combo! looks creamy.

Hema said...

I am visiting your blog for the first time and that was a lovely recipe-great combination.

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