Valor, methi (fenugreek) and aubergines with muthias (dumplings) curry

Every family has some favourite dishes they make regularly with some variations.  This is one dish I make at least once a month but with variation of vegetables depending on what is available seasonally.   A recipe for a similar dish with potatoes and without the aubergines is here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of valor( Dolichos Lablab or Hyacinth bean) prepared into small pieces. See here how to prepare valor.
  • 1 medium sized aubergine cut into cubes.
  • half a cup of fresh chopped methi (fenugreek)
  • 10 muthias (muthiya) (you can use more if you like) Recipe for muthias is here
  • one cup of passata ( you can use canned tomatoes if you wish)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic which should be really crushed finely
  • 2 tbls cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • salt to taste
  • chilly powder to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbls lemon juice (optional)

Method:

1. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan  and add the mustard seeds to the hot oil and cover until the popping stops. Lower the heat and add the aubergines, valor and methi.  Now stir well and add the garlic, salt, chilly powder and turmeric powder.
2. Now add half a cup of water, stir and allow the vegetables to cook at a medium heat.
3. Once the valor has softened, add the muthias (muthiyas) to the curry and allow it to cook for five minutes. If the curry looks dry, add half a cup of water to allow the muthias to soften and  absorb any moisture in the curry.
4. Add the passata or tomatoes and lemon and allow the curry to cook  for 2-3  minutes or until it gets to the consistency you like.
5.  Serve this curry with rice or khichedi and any of the Indian breads such as chappatis or porathas.

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