Friday, September 13, 2013

Kathirikkai rasavangi

Kathirikai rasavangi is a kind of thick sambar with freshly ground masala. This could be the one line recipe for this most cherished Tamil recipe. While looking for something memorable to do with my homegrown eggplants, this name came to my mind.  Though I have heard a lot about this recipe in many Tamil stories, novels and tasted it in some marriages, I had the chance to cook it very recently only. I have read this recipe many years ago in a recipe book as kathirikkai paruppu koottu . But  forgotten the masala involved, then I found a very nice recipe in this wonderful website  Subbus kitchen .  Thanks to the author, now I know how to make an authentic rasavangi (eggplant dal). We can make this curry with pumpkin also.
Eggplant rasavangi

Rasavangi powder preparation.

Ingredients:
Eggplant - 1/2 kg
tamarind - gooseberry size
salt - to taste
turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
tuvar (toor)dal - 1/2 cup
channa dal - 2 tbsp

To roast and grind:
coriander seed - 2 tbsp
dry red chilly - 6
channa dal - 1.5 tbsp
shredded coconut - 1/2 cup

to temper :
oil - 1 tbsp
mustard - 1 tsp
channa dal / urida dal- 1 tsp
cumin - 1 tsp
curry leaf - few
hing - 1/4 tsp

Method:
Pressure cook the tuvar dal, turmeric powder to three whistles or till soft. Mash and keep aside.

In the mean time heat a pan with a tsp oil and  roast coriander seed, dry red chilly and channa dal together till the dal turns mild red.
Then add the shredded coconut and fry till it smells good.
Let cool and powder these fried items together.
Keep aside.

Cut the brinjal / eggplant to 2 inch long pieces.
Add 1 cup water, channa dal and eggplant. Wait till eggplant is cooked (less than 5 minutes), add the tamarind extract and salt.

Then add the mashed toor(tuvar) dhal, prepared masala powder and bring to a boil.
Switch off immediately.

In a separate pan , heat 1 tbsp oil. Add mustard, channa dal ,cumin and let mustard crackle. Then add hing, curry leaves. Pour this tempering over hot rasavangi. Mix and serve.

Katharikkai rasavangi is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Serve as curry over rice or as side dish.

7 comments:

Supriya Nair said...

Love the Rasavangi here.

DivyaGCP said...

Delicious and comforting Rasavangi.. Looks inviting!

Torviewtoronto said...

deliciously done dish with eggplant

Priya Suresh said...

Rasavangi looks delicious, just need some rice and papads to finish that bowl.

Maha Gadde said...

dish luking super cute n btw name in english may reach easily to all..like me who r tel or other langs..Hope u don`t mind abt this..

Shanthi said...

Looks good and tempting :)

Shanthi said...

Looks good and tempting :)