Chickpeas with eggplant and drumsticks(Chana dry sambar)

Probably this can be called as South Indian Chole. Few days ago, my friend Aruna sent me this recipe. She tried her best to reach to the origin of this dish. She mailed the person who had introduced this recipe to her. Finally we came to know this recipe is a Salem special.

This is a very interesting combination of chickpeas, eggplants and drumsticks, spiced up with sambar powder. So it is like a very dry sambar with chickpeas. V is not very fond of chole, so I was a bit skeptic to try this. But this was very delicious. We both enjoyed it a lot. Eggplants and drumsticks give a very good flavor to this. Kudos to whoever came up with this recipe.

Do you like the photo of this dish? I do. V spent a lot of time to take this shot. I think this is one of my favorite pictures so far. We have been struggling with our camera for a long time now. Then last week, Cynthia from Tastes like home, gave me many inputs to take good pictures. I am a great fan of her pictures. She was very kind to send me a detailed mail when I asked for tips. Thanks a lot Cynthia.

See my other recipes with chickpeas – chole bhature recipe and chole biryani.

Also check out Indira’s Baingan chole, some more chole recipes.

2/3 cup chickpeas soaked overnight
10-12 big pieces of eggplant(brinjal)
8-10 pieces drumsticks
1/2 cup onion
1/3 cup tomato
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn chili powder
1 tea spn sambar powder (Use any brand you like. I used homemade)
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 1-2 pieces of tamarind
3-4 strands coriander leaves

Soak chickpeas overnight and cook till they are tender. (you can also use canned chickpeas. Make sure to drain off all liquid and give a good wash).
Heat a little oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves and onion. Fry till onions are slightly brownish. Add tomatoes and salt. Fry for a min till tomatoes soften (salt helps in cooking tomatoes faster). Now add eggplant and drumsticks, pour in half a cup of water. Cover the pan and cook on a medium heat till they are done (do not overcook).
Add chili powder, sambar powder, chickpeas. Mix well. Add the tamarind extract/juice. Cook for another 3-4mins. Take off the heat and garnish with coriander leaves. (Remember, this is a dry dish unlike any other sambar which is like gravy). Serve hot.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins (if you use canned chickpeas, it takes much less time).

21 thoughts on “Chickpeas with eggplant and drumsticks(Chana dry sambar)”

  1. Yes Shilpa, I love the pics you have taken here…I need to take some tips from you…Great job, and the dish looks great too..Sounds yummy and think it will be great with dosas, rite ?? Had never heard of this before. Thanx to you.

    Shilpa: Maya, read this post by Cynthia. She has explained it so well. Serving this with dosa looks like a good idea. I will try it.

  2. The picture looks amazing as ever. We too love this gravy very much.

    Maya, Looks it will taste good with dosa, especially thick urda polo.

    Shilpa: Thanks a lot for this recipe Aruna. We absolutely loved it.

  3. these pics are truly beautiful. i never get good drumsticks here. the frozen ones are too tough and grey.

    Shilpa: I used the frozen ones too Bee. We get fresh once in a while but they wont be very good. So stopped buying them.

  4. Which post Shilpa ?? Am not getting it :(..

    Shilpa: Sorry Maya. I think it was my confusion between 2 ids. I think I did some mistake. So left a comment again.

  5. Lovely recipe and a lovely picture. And did I mention how lucky you are to have V help you out with the shots… Dinesh hardly goes near then camera,life would have been so much easier (sigh)

  6. Shilpa, I love the recipe and the photo. Btw, did I mention how lucky you are to have V help you out with the shots…Dinesh hardly goes near the camera…life would have been so much easier (sigh)

  7. Shilpa,
    Great pics. May be I can get a sneak in on those tips as well :).
    I have never ever tried chick pea and brinjal combination….may be some day soon

  8. Hi SHilpa,
    Had tried Indiras baingain chole some days back and loved it. Will try this too. We just make the traditional chole and this is a great way to jazz uo the regular vegetables.

  9. Hi Shilpa,
    I made this today and it turned out great I didn’t had eggplant so i used zuchhini and forgot to add drumstick but stil it was soo good. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  10. I loooove the pictures! Oh my gosh you and V have done a marvelous job! I can’t wait to see more. Honestly, the dishes are so inviting.

    Now if only I can get some drumsticks 🙂

  11. shilpa, i am not able to view the pics. are u working on ur blog template??? the recipe sounds very interesting…

    Shilpa: Sia, I will check to see whats the matter. No, I am not working on template 🙁

  12. Hi Shilpa,

    Was away in Mexico for a week and the first thing I did when I got back was look up ur website and saw this wonderful, simple and ‘ruchkar” recipe and tried it yesterday with thin rotis…

    Hubby simply loved it !!!

    Thanks for the for ur wonderful recipes…

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