Monday, April 29, 2013

Eggplant Dal




Here's a great recipe for an eggplant/brinjal dal. Dal is a staple in our house and hubby normally makes it as he's better at it:-) sometimes when we mess up dishes a few times we get scared to make them again, well thats me speaking my dal often turns out too thick and not so great. But now I have the ratio right its a good consistency and after nearly 10 years of marriage I am over my fear of using the pressure cooker. 



Ingredients:

  • 4 small eggplants, you can find the little ones at your local Indian store or a big one chopped would be fine
  • one cup of toor dal or the little red lentils are great, 4 cups of water 
  • 1/2 a red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds 
  • a pinch of cumin seeds
  • a pinch of turmeric 
  • salt to taste 
  • 1/4 of a tomato chopped 
  • one small green chili 
  • a handful of fresh cilantro chopped to garnish 
  • a pinch of masala powder 
Method:

  1. add one cup of dal and 4 cups of water to the pressure cooker, a little turmeric, the tomato and the eggplant and pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles until the lentils are soft, about 10 minutes 
  2. release the steam in the sink and put on the stove on a low heat
  3. heat a little canola until hot and add the mustard seeds allow them to pop, then add the onions, garlic and chili, cumin seeds cook until nearly brown, add the masala powder 
  4. then add to the dal and mix
  5. garnish with cilantro


Is there a dish that you have had to work the confidence up to cook again? 

be brave you CAN cook 

hugs 


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38 comments:

  1. Delicious eggplant dal, I made dal and eggplant separately but not combo, thanks for giving this wonderful idea I will try it.

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    1. thanks :-) means a lot when Indian folks think its OK

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  2. Oh dear..you made me laugh:) I still have that pressure cooker fear.. maybe after 10 years I also will be over it :)
    That's why..I cook only red lentils :))

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  3. A fabulous dal! Totally my kind of dish. I cannot wait to buy the first eggplants of the season...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. I love this dal, Rebecca - I'm a big fan of eggplant, and I really love those little red lentils for dal. I've never overcome my fear of the pressure cooker though - my mother used to use one a lot when I was a kid and I was always terrified of the way it used to "blow its top". Even though I know modern ones don't do that, I'm still terrified.

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    1. thanks and I know you can get over your fear hugs

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  5. I've never actually made a dal before though I love all these flavors! Definitely need to try this!

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  6. Never made dal before but we need to try it... looks delicious!

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  7. Beautifully done, who can resist to this wonderfuldal, i can live without my pressure cooker.

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  8. I never added eggplant in daal, sounds interesting. As for pressure cooker, I am one of those Indian wives who hates it :( I just have one which I use only and only to boil daal. That's it! :)

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    1. he he well your a fab cook with or without one

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  9. I never had eggplant dal...sounds and looks delicious Rebecca. I really like all the spices in it.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

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  10. What a delicious looking dish. I love eggplant!

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  11. Lovely combination for dal & eggplant! Your dish looks delicious.

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  12. Pressure cooker is a life savior for a working mother like me! It saves me so much time and effort. Your dal looks absolutely delicious and it is yet another one meal that can be prepared in a pressure cooker!

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  13. Love what you say...Be Brave You Can Cook! I've definitely messed up plenty of dishes before, but I keep cooking, and more often than not, most dishes are a success :-) Thanks for sharing-this looks delicious!

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  14. Love all the ingredients in this dahl. Looks healthy and delicious ;-)

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  15. Oh this looks delicious! I love Indian food and flavors and this is a nice, light vegetarian meal.

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  16. I've never made dal - but loving this for mid-summer when the eggplants are in (and tiny). I am still afraid of a pressure cooker!

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    1. he he everyone is scared of them pleased I am not the only one and its good year round

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  17. Oh wow, this looks absolutely fabulous! I love eggplant :)

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  18. Yummers!! I love dal with eggplant and bravo for pulling this off. I've never used pressure cooker before marriage, so I can understand where you are coming on this :)

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    1. thanks and funny to hear all about everyones pressure cooker fears

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  19. This must taste wonderful, Rebecca. I too have a fear of pressure cookers and don't even own one.

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