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Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter I Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes from Andhra Pradesh Dish: I for Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru (Eggplant-Chana Dal Curry) Finding dishes that start with vowels is hard. Letter 'I' was even harder. All I could think of was Idli, but no matter how hard I thought I couldn't think of an Andhra spin to good old idlis. After a lot of thinking (out loud), the remembered the word Iguru. One of our dear friends back home used to call some of the curries 'igurus'. I didn't know what it actually meant, so I asked my mom to research....


4 serving

Total time

50 minutes


  • 10 - 12 Eggplant (Baby - chopped)
  • supermarket roast chicken, approximately 200g once shredded ((senagapappu) - soaked for 2 hours)
  • 2 chilies (Dry red)
  • 3 cloves garlic (, crushed)
  • 1 tsp ginger (- finely chopped)
  • 2 chilies (Green - finely chopped)
  • 6 - 8 Curry leaves
  • supermarket roast chicken, approximately 200g once shredded
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tsp chana dal ((senagapappu))
  • 1 tsp Urad dal ((minapappu))
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds


  1. Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan; add the tempering ingredients and once the seeds start to splutter, add dry red chilies and the crushed garlic cloves. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Next add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves, cook for 1 more minute. Add the soaked chana dal and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Next add chopped eggplant along with salt and turmeric. Cover and cook on medium flame until eggplant is completely cooked through and chana dal is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice or roti.

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