Vankaya Pulugura (Brinjal & lentils)

Sagari's post on Vankaya Pulugura brought back many fond memories associated with it. Our way of making Pulugura was slightly different and also ingredient had few additions. I think every one cooks according to their taste. V.Pulugura was my grandmother's favorite followed by my dad's. Dad says 'it tastes yumm with a dollop of curd over it'. My dear hubby drank the left over pulugura without rice :D. He bought a bag of brinjals over the weekend and he is now 'sleeves up' for next batch of pulugura :)) Here you go with a simple yet flavorful brinjal/Vankaya Pulugura:

Brinjal : 1 big (purple brinjal was what I used, you can use which ever variety is available)
Onion : 1 big (chopped into big chunks)
Tomato: 1 big (chopped into big chunks)
Coriander Leaves : 1/2 cup (chopped)
Green Chillies : 8
Togaribele/Tuvar dal/deskinned split pigeon peas : 1/2 cup
Turmeric : 1 pinch

Tamarin Juice : 2-3 tbsp

Seasoning :
Oil : 1tbsp
Mustard seeds : 1tsp
Asafoetida/Hing : 1 pinch
Red Chillies : 1 (broken)
Curry Leaves : few
Kadalebele/chana dal : 1 tsp
Uddinbele/Urad dal : 1tsp

Pressure cook chopped brinjals, onion, tomato, chillies, coriander, toordal and turmeric with enough water. We do not add extra water at a later stage.
Once the pressure comes down, take out the vessel and run hand blender for 30 seconds or mash it using majjige kolu/with the back of the spoon. The intention is to mix the ingredients.
Add tamarind juice and salt.
Take a deep pan and heat a tbsp of oil. Add mustard seeds followed by a pinch of hing. When mustard stops crackling add red chillies, curry leaves and dals. When dals turn gold color add the mashed ingredients. Bring to boil. Check for salt, adjust if required. Switch off the stove, cover and keept it for next 10 mins till the flavors settle down.
Serve hot with rice.

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I tried Carrot Malai/ Payasa from Chitra Amma's blog. I just used cashewnuts instead of almonds mentioned there. It was delicious. Thanks Chitra Amma for sharing your recipe with us.

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45 comments:

Priti said...

Both looks yummy....

Madhu said...

Bowlful of brinjal curry looks delicious, now i feel like drinking it..
Carrot payasa looks delish as well.

YOSEE said...

Your father's fondness to drink pulugura with a dollop of curd on top reminded me of my grandfather's habit of drinking Rasam with a dollop of curd on top !

Dibs said...

Nice to hear from you so quickly! Both dishes look fantastic! My inlaws are visiting us, and now we have 4 of us with different food requirements - either due to medical requirements or because we have different likes and dislikes!! I am scratching my head for every meal!!! :-) Don't get so much time for blogging!!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

As usual both of them look very tempting.

Rekha said...

Sounds yummy laksmi, and guess what, my MIL made this today :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

both recipes are delicious

Happy cook said...

Can you send this for my lunch today.

LG said...

@ Rekha,
pleasently surprised to hear that.

@Yosee,
Dad like curd with rasam too :D

Priya said...

Brinjal curry looks delicious LG..i love much anything with brinjal, thats a terrific carrot payasa..absolutey delish..

Sushma said...

I'm hearing this for the first time. Procedure seems very simple & have book marked it to try very soon :)
Thanks for the recipe

rekhas kitchen said...

vankaya pulagura oohh my mouth is full of water ooh lakshmi how can you tempt me like this yaar looks delicious and that carrot payasa looks so beautiful with its color yum yum

Sunshinemom said...

I am afraid I don't like brinjals much though I do include it in my food. Will try this once for P. He likes brinjals very much!

Asha said...

Not familiar with Pulugura, looks like Badanekai saaru, I will try! :)

Carrot Malai looks yum.

Malar Gandhi said...

Both looks perfect. love carrot payasam so much, thanks for sharing.

DEESHA said...

Love anything with badanekayi .. N lovely payasa, I had these loong ago, got to make some soon

TheKeyBunch said...

That looks like a nice dish for our dinner tonite. I am out of non veg, and I have brinjal and the dhals, so I am good to go! :)

Thanks Lakshmi, you r a life saver!

Sharon

Vani said...

Pulugura is new to me. Anything with eggplant has got to be great! It looks delicious, LG! Am bookmarking this.

AnuSriram said...

Lovely pulungara.. Looks delicious! Yummm Carrot payasa..

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! new recipe to me :) carrot kheer looks yummy and colorful Thanks ri

Pallavi said...

Nice ones Lakshmi. About your note on the Crispy Nutty Treats, yes the marshmallows are the binding agent. You can also try with honey or dates or even prunes(i tried this and worked ok.. but the outcome wasnt as tasty).. Kids usually love the marshmallows the best :))

Ashwini said...

This is something new..But looks yumm .WIll try ..bookmarked. Thanks for the correction LG..

Cham said...

Cooking is something unique, everyone has his own touch for taste, salt, sugar.
Very different & yummy curry with brinjal LK!

notyet100 said...

feel like preparin this soon,..looks so yum,..lovely colour of carrot kheer ,,..must have tasted good,..

Vaishali said...

This sounds so delicious. Thanks for a lovely traditional recipe.

Kumudha said...

Vankaya pulguru looks so yummy.

Thanks for lovely recipes

srikars kitchen said...

Both looks awesome & YUmmy...

Sanghi said...

Hi Lakshmi, Lovely Dal. Do send some tomatish dishes to my FIL-Tomato event by 31st..!;)

veda murthy said...

Hey Lg,

looks like a lovely recipe ....sounds very different...i hav never heard of this recipe nor the procedure....will surely give it a try

Veda

Ramya Bala said...

the brinjal one is very nice lakshmi...actually we make a similar one as side dish for idlies and dosas and this one reminds me that curry...very good one

Pooja said...

Both are looking delicious and yummy..

Anonymous said...

Hi Lashmi,

It was very yummy..... thanks.

LG said...

@Anonymous,

Thanks for trying it and posting your feedback :)

Varsha Vipins said...

yumm..I am seeing Brinjal everywhere now..Superb combo with dal LG..The payasam looks thick n rich..:)

rekhas kitchen said...

Happy Ugadi to you and your family lakshmi

Indrani said...

I love bringals in dal..will try for sure..nice recipe..have something for u in my blog, go check here
http://indranid.blogspot.com/2009/03/coconut-laddoo-and-shower-of-awards.html

Cham said...

Wishing u and ur family Happy Ugadi!

Smitha said...

Ugadi Shubhashayagalu Lakshmi

sharada said...

Happy Ugadi to you & your family!!
The brinjal curry looks delicious.

Dibs said...

Hello Lakshmi - Wish you and your family a very happy ugadi!

YOSEE said...

Thank you for your wishes Lakshmi. I hope you had a wonderful celebration.

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Priya Kumar said...

Dear Lakshmi, thanks a bunch for this recipe. We loved it. I am an ardent follower of your blog. The first time I tried this recipe I messed it up with more water and ended up diluting the taste, but the second time I tried it it was nothing short of splendid. Love the inclusion of 'ಪುನಃ ಬನ್ನಿ' Kannada words, makes me miss home all the more.
I have posted a link to your website,to help ma frnz. Plz have a look.
http://solvity.com/post/48/vankaya-pulugura-brinjal-lentils

LG said...

Dear Priya,

After a day's hard work, it gave me pleasure when I read your comment. Thank you so much for sharing my blog details with your friends.

Cheers,

Lakshmi