This dish is usually made in combination with Kandi Pachadi. It is similar to bhaingan bartha in making. This is one of my favorite Eggplant dishes.
1 4 eggplants
1 red onion
2 tbsp tamarind
1 tbsp Jaggery
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp Urad dal
0.5 tsp Mustard seeds
0.5 tsp Jeera
4 curry leaves
Roast the eggplants either on stove top (if you have a gas stove) or in the oven at 400F.
While the eggplants are roasting, heat 1tbsp of oil in a pan, add the tempering ingredients. After the mustard seeds and jeera splutter, add onions and green chilies fry till golden brown. Remove from heat.
After the eggplant are roasted, leave them aside till they are cool enough to handle.
Remove the skins and roughly smash the flesh with a fork.
Add tamarind paste, jaggery, salt and the onion mixture. Mix well and serve.