Katirikkai Thogyal

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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1 medium bhima eggplant
3 teaspoons urad dal
3 medium red chiles
1 tablespoon hing
1/2 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
3 Cup oil -- (to fry dal)

Preparation / Directions:

Wrap eggplant in foil nicely and keep inside a 400 F oven for about 45 minutes or until soft. Alternately you could broil it over a gas flame till it gets evenly charred. Cool and peel off skin. Drain of any juices. Chop into large bits. Fry dal, red chiles and hing in oil till brown. Drop into a blender, add tamarind, salt and some of the eggplant. Run the blender on low speed till coarsely blended. Add remaining eggplant and whir for one minute. Scrape out and serve. Other Thogyals/Chutneys: Substitute lightly sauteed onion/zucchini/Canadian (hothouse) cucumber in above recipe for a variety.

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