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Nov 28, 2010

Vankaaya Kootu (Eggplant/Brinjal Stew)


  • 1 cup Toor Dal (Kandipappu)
  • 4 small Eggplants
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 tsp Chana dal
  • 1 tsp Coconut
  • 3 or 4 Green Chilies (or more)
  • A pinch of Turmeric powder
  • A pinch of Asafetida (Inguva, Hing)
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • Few Cilantro Leaves


  1. Place toor daal and eggplant pieces together in a bowl and pressure cook until 3 whistles.
  2. Meanwhile, dry roast (with no oil) coriander seeds + urad dal + chana dal and grind into a paste along with coconut and green chilies. Keep aside.
  3. Take out the toor dal + eggplant mixture out of the pressure cooker and mash it well with a fork or back of a spatula until you get smooth texture.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they pop, add cumin seeds + curry leaves and fry well.
  5. Add cooked dal + ground paste and mix well. Add turmeric + asafetida + salt and mix well again. Keep on low flame for some time until bubbles appear on top and turn off the flame. Garnish with cilantro and serve with steaming hot rice with a dollop of ghee. Yum!!


Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Delicious kootu, i dont bother to have them with rice or with rotis..

chef and her kitchen said... [Reply]

Looks yummy...love brinjals in anythiing..

Pavani said... [Reply]

never tried kootu with vankaya..new n interesting.looks yummy n must try it..

Suja Manoj said... [Reply]

Delicious stew..comfort food,never tried stew with eggplant...thanks for this yummy recipe.

notyet100 said... [Reply]

curry looks yum,...:-)

Unknown said... [Reply]

yummy kootu!...i also make it from time to time!..always wonderful with hot rice!

Hamaree Rasoi said... [Reply]

Sounds interesting...Never tried this..

Hamaree Rasoi

Swathi said... [Reply]

Eggplant kootu looks delicious. Nice with rice.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Nice Header
-Nature lOver

Unknown said... [Reply]

Lovely looking stew

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Looks delish.

Shobha said... [Reply]


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