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)
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...

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

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisineandhra
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M
  • Passive Time2 hours

Ingredients

Baby Eggplant - chopped
10-12
Chana Dal (senagapappu) - soaked for 2 hours
½cup
Dry red chilies
2
Garlic , crushed
3 cloves
Ginger - finely chopped
1tsp
Green chilies - finely chopped
2
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

Steps

  1. 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.
  2. Next add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves, cook for 1 more minute. Add the soaked chana dal and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with rice or roti.
Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)
Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry)

Logo courtesy : Preeti

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

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