Saturday, November 24, 2012

Eggplant & Chickpeas Dal

Here we go for a week of blogging marathon, this week's theme is going to be Cooking with chickpeas. Obviously my next three dishes are going to be chickpeas based dishes. For today's post, am posting this thick chickpeas and eggplant dal based curry, this dish hardly needs less than 15minutes and this dal goes for a quick preparation. This curry goes for pressure cooking and few roasted spices with eggplant and cooked chickpeas.

This dal goes awesome with anything, we call it as three in one dal, coz you can serve this delicious dal with idlies or dosas for breakfast, with rice for lunch and with rotis for dinner.Usually i make this dal quite often just with eggplants,for a change i tried this time with chickpeas and both works out wonder.

1/2cup Split yellow moongdal
3cups Eggplants (cubed)
1cup Chickpeas (cooked)
1no Onion (chopped)
1no Tomato (chopped)
3nos Green chillies (slit opened)
1/4tsp Turmeric powder
1tsp Lemon juice
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1/2tsp Urad dal
2nos Dry red chillies
Few curry leaves

To roast & grind:
2tbsp Coriander seeds
1/2tsp Asafoetida powder
1/4tsp Fenugreek seeds
3tbsp Coconut (grated)

Take the washed moongdal,cubed eggplants, half cup of chickpeas,chopped onions,chopped tomatoes,slit opened green chillies with turmeric powder,salt and enough water in pressure cooker.

Close the cooker with lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Meanwhile dry roast the ingredients under the list 'to roast & grind' as fine powder.

Once the steam gets released, smash the cooked veggies and chickpeas with a spatula.

Now add the grounded roasted spice powder,remaining chickpeas to the dal and cook everything in simmer.

Adjust the thickness of the dal with enough water.

Finally heat the oil, lets splutter the mustard seeds,urad dal, add the dry red chillies,curry leaves and fry them.

Add this tempered spices,lemon juice to the dal and give a stir.

Serve hot with rice.


  1. I'm just so hungry right now waiting for breakfast and you made more hungrier sis!!! Dhal looks sooooo yummy! :)

  2. Wow..simply superb and delicious..

  3. Delicious eaten with plain rice with some apalam...

  4. yummy dish with a nice combo...I am getting hungry here...

  5. wow u made healthy dal to more healthier the color ,its yummy

  6. I love chickpeas - so healthy and delicious... this curry is so rich in nutrition!!! love it!!

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  7. Very different combination..never tasted it.looks very delicious.

  8. Different and unique variation of dal....looks so yummy....

  9. a unique combo dear.. must have tasted great..

  10. Dats a yummy bowl of chickpeas dhal...:)


  11. Never had this combo looks so good too.

  12. yummy combination never tried before..

  13. gosh priya...chickpeas, mung dal, egg plant, what unique combinations, ur recipes are indeed very interesting and unique

  14. I love the flavour combination. i will have to try this one. Not had dal for a while.

  15. This is good and very awesome to look and yummy

  16. I love chickpeas - so healthy and delicious... Yummyyyy

  17. Different and delicious..neva tried 'em together.
    have a lovely weekend:)

  18. One can always count on you to make stunning out of un related ingredients. :) Lovely

  19. Eggplant and chickpeas is a combination that I am very fond of. This looks good, Priya.

  20. your recipes are very innovative and looks delicious..

  21. Never made in this combo. I will definitely try Priya. Looks very nice.

  22. New combination!looks super healthy

  23. yumm, such a lovely looking curry dish, love chick peas, have a nice weekend

  24. eggplant and chickpeas, super combo..

  25. A combo I didn't even dream off..terrific recipe Priya.Thanks for sharing.

  26. Delicious combination. Looks yummy.

  27. Aha, another pressure cooker recipe. Gravy sounds delicious.

  28. Very unique dal Priya.Must have tasted great na..

  29. What a nutritious dal! :-) ... I have been searching for variety of dals, and iam loving this :-)


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