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Katthirikai Masiyal

Eggplant Mashed

11 small or medium fresh eggplant

water to cook eggplant

salt to taste

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp. instant tamarind (Imli)

1/4 tsp. vegetable oil 

1/4 tsp. mustard seeds

1/4 tsp. chana daal 

1/4 tsp. urad daal

a pinch of hing powder 

1 dried red chili pepper, broken in pieces

1 green hot chili pepper, finely chopped

1 tsp. red chili powder or 1 tsp. sambar powder

1 tsp. all purpose flour

1 sprig curry leaves

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Cut the eggplant into small pieces and cook in a water with the salt, turmeric powder, and instant tamarind.

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While the eggplant is cooking, heat the oil in a small saucepan and add the mustard seeds, chana daal, urad daal, and hing powder.

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When the mustard seeds pop, add the dried red chili pepper and green chili pepper. Then turn off the heat and add the sambar powder or red chili power and stir well.

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When the eggplant is cooked well, add the spice mixture from above and cook for few more minutes.

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The masiyal ( eggplant mash ) should not be watery or too thick. If the water is all gone, add some more. Miix the flour with a little bit of water and add it to the masiyal and cook for another minute.

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Add the curry leaves in the end and serve it hot.

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This dish goes well with "Pongal", plain rice, or "Chapathi".