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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vathal Kolambu


1 cup small eggplant chopped
4 tablespoon oil for best results use Indian sesame oil
2 teaspoon channa dal
1 teaspoon urad dal
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek
2 dry red chili or to taste
4 teaspoon sambar powder or substitute with store bought adjust to taste
                       (easy home made recipe for sambar powder --- click here)
1/2 turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
1 teaspoon of salt or to taste
1 teaspoon corn starch dissolved in water


In a pan on medium heat add channa dal and urad dal when the dal is brown add mustard seeds fenugreek seeds and dry red chili when the mustard seeds crackle add the eggplant saute for a few seconds, cover and let it cook for 6 to 8 minutes.  Add sambar powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida add water tamarind concentrate and salt let it boil for 6 minutes and turn the heat off.  Add corn starch dissolved in water.

A berry called "Sundakkai" is dried and used in this dish along with the other frying ingredients.  Vathal means dried in Tamil.  Since "Sundakkai" is not available locally I have substituted eggplant for it.

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