Sep 302010

Eggplant sambar

I love Indian food and South Indian food in particular. One of my favorite South Indian foods is Sambar. This is a delicious soup or stew that is served with Indian crepes called dosas, vadas (lentil “doughnuts”) or rice.

I like eggplant and like it even more in sambar. The addition of carrots adds a sweet taste in contrast to the sour from tamarind. Coconut adds more sweetness and texture. The dal is packed with protein. Enjoy a tasty and healthy addition to your diet, and an option to regular dal.

Here is how I made it; feel free to modify it to your taste. Measurements are approximate.

* diced eggplant (about 1 medium size)
* 1/2 cup diced carrots
* 1/2 cup onion
* toor dal (about 1 cup rinsed and soaked)
* 1 tblsp coconut oil
* 5-6 curry leaves
* 1 tsp mustard seeds
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1 tsp tamarind
* 1 green chili
* 2 cups water
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tblsp cilantro
* 1/4 cup coconut (optional)

Saute spices with onion, carrots and eggplant. Add dal, water, and cook until dal is tender. Mash it to the consistency desired. Try it in a slow cooker!

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