Masala Badane Palya

(Baby Brinjals/Eggplants stir fried with ground spices and coriander)

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15-20 mins
Serves: 3-4

8-10 Baby Purple Brinjals, halved and cut into wedges and placed in a bowl of cold water till needed
1-2 tbsp Coriander Leaves, very finely chopped
Salt to taste

To Roast and Grind into Powder:
Small bunch or ¼ cup Coriander Leaves (including stem)
3-4 Green Chillies (Adjust acc to taste)
½ inch Ginger
1 small marble sized Tamarind Pulp
To roast:
1 tbsp Channa Dal
½ tbsp Urad Dal/Split Black Lentils
¾ tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds

For Tempering:
1 tbsp Oil
½ tbsp Channa Dal
½ tbsp Urad Dal
1 Dry Red Chilli, broken
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
¼ tsp Hing/Asafoetida
Few Curry Leaves

Dry roast channa dal in a pan till it turns light golden brown. Similarly dry roast urad dal, coriander seeds and jeera one by one and keep them aside to cool. Once cooled grind them coarsely with fresh coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger and tamarind pulp without adding any water.
Now heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it. When it starts to pop and splutter add channa dal, urad dal, and dry red chilli. Sauté them on medium flame till dals turn golden brown in colour. Mix in cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing and sauté for just few seconds.
Add brinjal wedges and keep stirring at medium to high flame for about 5-8 minutes.
Add salt to taste and ground powder and mix well. Keep stirring for another 2-3 minutes till all pieces of brinjal is nicely quoted with ground mixture.
Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp of water and cover the lid. Let the brinjals cook on a low to medium flame for another 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle little water in between to making sure that the masala doesn’t stick to the pan.
Switch off the flame once the brinjals are well cooked and mix in finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve it with a bowl of steam cooked Rice with Ghee and Dal or with Chapatti and enjoy.

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  Labels: Brinjal(Egg Plant), Channa Dal, Coriander leaves, Mangalore food, Palya, Urad Daal