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Vangibath Uppittu / Spicy Eggplant semolina


Yet another one of mom's yummy recipes.
What you need: Serves 4/5
2 cups medium rave/semolina
4 cups boiling hot water
1 cup green eggplants diced
1 cup ripe tomatoes diced
1 cup onion sliced
1 cup peas
2 tsp cilantro finely chopped
2 tsp homemade vangibath powder (or MTR brand powder)
½ cup fresh or ¼ cup dry coconut
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp ghee/oil
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
Tempering:
1 tsp urad dhal (uddina bele), 1 tsp kadale bele (split channa dhal), ½ tsp mustard seeds, a sprig of curry leaves.

Add ghee into a shallow pan. Over medium heat, add the dhals and fry to a golden brown, add the curry leaves and rave, roast them well for just a few minutes, set them aside on a plate. 

In the same pan, add oil to the pan, when it begins to smoke, add the chopped onions and peas. When they turn transparent, add tomatoes and egg plants together. After a few minutes, when the egg plants soften, add Vangibath powder, salt and sugar. 

You may add coconut and give it a quick stir. Add 4 cups boiling water. When the whole mixture begins to bubble, add the rave slowly into it and constantly stir to get rid of any lumps. 

Cover and set the heat to the lowest setting. Garnish it with finely chopped cilantro, cashews and a dollop of ghee if you like. Enjoy!