Kathirikai Kootu | Brinjal and Channa Dhal Masala Curry Recipe

Tamilian Community (Specially Mudhaliar Community) in Bengaluru are known for their unique combination of vegetables and meat dishes. This Brinjal and Channa Dhal Masala Curry has an amazing mix spices which are simmered to form a tasty gravy its normally served with roti or rice.

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500 Grams of Brinjal (Cut into cubes)
1/2 Cup Channa dal /Split Chick Peas
1 Large Onion (Roughly chopped)
2 Tbsp Coriander powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Inch Cinnamon
4 Cloves
2 Pods Cardamom
3 Tbsp Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Green Chilly Masala Paste Please Click Here for the Recipe
Finely Chopped Coriander, Mint and Lime Juice for Garnish.
Salt to taste

Prep Up: 
Wash the Channa dal twice add to a pot that fits in a pressure cooker.

Add pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tsp Castor oil and 1 1/2 cup water to the dhal cover and pressure cook for 10 min or for 2 whistles until the dal is cooked till 70%.

Chop brinjal into cubes and add to a pot of water until use.

Heat wok on medium flame add oil allow the oil to smoke a bit.

Add cardamom, cinnamon and cloves allow the spices to splutter.

Add onion  and chilly masala paste fry till the raw flavor from masala has reduced and the onion should turn pink in color.

Add the coriander powder and turmeric powder and fry till the oil separates from the masala 

Add brinjal and fry for a minute on low flame add 1/2 cup water and salt cover and cook the brinjal till half done.

Add cooked dal and 1/2 cup water if needed since the dal already has water adjust the curry accordingly. 

Adjust salt stir well cover and allow the brinjal, dal and masala to cook well for 5 minutes. 

Garnish lime juice, coriander and mint...serve hot with rice or roti...Enjoy😋

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