September 11, 2013

Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter I
Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes from Andhra Pradesh
Dish: I for Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)
Finding dishes that start with vowels is hard. Letter 'I' was even harder. All I could think of was Idli, but no matter how hard I thought I couldn't think of an Andhra spin to good old idlis. After a lot of thinking (out loud), the remembered the word Iguru. One of our dear friends back home used to call some of the curries 'igurus'. I didn't know what it actually meant, so I asked my mom to research.
She came back and said that the curries that are made by evaporating the liquid (igaradam) are generally called 'igurus'. I took it as the curries that are made slightly wet, but not necessarily with a gravy, fall into this category.
Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)
Luckily after that I watched an episode on a Telugu cooking show where the chef made this Iguru which I promptly noted down and made it for today. This is a spicy and flavorful dish that is perfect when served with steamed rice and rasam.
Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)
Ingredients:
Baby Eggplant - 10-12, chopped
Chana Dal (senagapappu) - ½cup, soaked for 2 hours
Dry red chilies - 2
Garlic cloves - 3, crushed
Ginger - 1tsp, finely chopped
Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
Curry leaves - 6-8
Turmeric - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

For Tempering:
Chana dal (senagapappu) - 1tsp
Urad dal (minapappu) - 1tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp

Method:
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan; add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add dry red chilies and the crushed garlic cloves. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Next add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves, cook for 1 more minute. Add the soaked chana dal and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next add chopped eggplant along with salt and turmeric. Cover and cook on medium flame until eggplant is completely cooked through and chana dal is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
Serve with rice or roti.
Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)

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Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32.
Previously on A-Z Vegetarian Dishes of Andhra Pradesh:
A for Aava Pettina Aratikaya Kura
B for Bagara Baingan
C for Chimmiri
D for Dosakaya Pachadi
E for Erra Gummadikaya Pulusu
F for Firni
G for Gongura Pulihora
H for Haleem/ Vegetarian Haleem
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21 comments:

  1. interesting combination and a healthy dish...

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  2. wow ! this is a new style of cooking ! Curry looks good :)

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  3. wow thats an delicious channa dal iguru :) looks so yummy and very informative post dear !! :)

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  4. i'll try it with bottle gourd :)

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  5. Oh I had bookmarked drumstick Igru long back from a tv show. Yet to do it. Looks superrrr

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  6. I can have this curry simply with some rice, delicious and fingerlicking dish.

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  7. Awesome dish as usual I don't have to search for andhra food outside just clicked ur site will teach me in and out of andhra dish yummy recipe nice click too.

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  8. Very nice dry curry. Perfect with a bowl of curd rice...

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  9. Very interesting dish Pavani, yes I have heard my mom and mil using this word. though I have never used it myself..we do make this dish and call it simply gojju or koora

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  10. dal vaangi, is what we call it...my maami (maternal aunt) makes it so well, love to have it with bhakris, this recipe of yours is also wonderful

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  11. I am sure this tastes just as good as any eggplant curry :) You being an eggplant fan, can't expect any less from you, right??

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  12. Wow.. look so delicious and tasty

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  13. Learnt something new here.Nice dish Pavani.

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  14. Yummy dish.. My version is kinda similar to this..

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  15. New combination for me. Your iguru looks wonderful. We do snake gourd with chana dal.

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  16. Thank you Pavani...i am learning so many new things from this bm everyday...dish looks very delicious

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  17. Rasam and this should taste heaven. A comfort side dish for rice.

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  18. Take off the ginger and add a bit of ground coconut, and you have a koottu :-)

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  19. Delicious and I see that Rajani has given kootu recipe too. Love to try them both.

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