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Eggplant Dal

18 Oct

Vankaya Pappu.

Oil is tempered with spices and dals. Indian eggplants / brinjals are chopped up and cooked in tempered oil till just soft. Then the cooked toor dal is added to the brinjals and cooked for last 5 minutes. Serve eggplant dal with steamed rice and a crispy papad.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Eggplant Dal.


Toor Dal 1 Cup
Baby Eggplants 3
Green Chiles 3 – 4
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Salt to taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 4
Asafoetida a pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Wash toor dal under fresh water to remove any dirt.
Remove stems, wash and chop the eggplant into small chunks.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Pressure cook the toor dal in 2 cups of water for 3 whistles.

Heat oil in a small pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles, chopped eggplant, turmeric powder and salt.
Fry for couple of seconds and cook covered till eggplant is soft but not mushy.
Stir occasionally if necessary.
Uncover, stir in cooked toor dal and adjust the salt.
Cook on low flame for around 5 minutes or until the dal and the eggplant is well cooked.
Serve eggplant dal with steamed rice and a crispy papad.
Notes: Make sure to add salt once the eggplant is added to the tempering.

Suggestions: Make sure dal is perfectly cooked before adding to the tempering. Also the green chiles can be added to the raw dal to cook for extra spice.
Variations: If the toor dal is cooked on a stove top, the eggplant and green chile pieces can be added to the toor dal during the last 10 minutes of the boiling time and then the dal can be tempered with spices.
Other Names: Eggplant Dal, Vankaya Pappu Kura.