manathakkali kai sambar - Vegetarian Side dish for idli, dosa, rice - Sambar recipes

Manathakkali kai are tiny berries that are green in colour and turns black when ripe.It is known as Black nightshade in English (Kashi soppu - In Karnataka, in telugu it is Kamanchi chettu and in hindi it is Makoi. These names are from google. If you have another name pls. let me know). This kai / Keerai is very common in my household and at my in laws. They have this plant at their backyard so it is organic too. I am big fan of fruits from childhood. Now a days everytime i go to India I pack Keerai and kai. This sambar I made for lunch & I have used it as side dish to Dosa too. I didn't use sambar powder for this sambar. It still tasted good
Ingredients
Cooked Toor Dal - 1 cup
Manathakkali Kai - 1/4 cup

Small onion - 10
Garlic - 3 -5 pods
Tomatoes - 1 (chopped finely)
Brinjals - 6-7 (wash and cut it. Leave it in water till you need it)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Gingerly oil - 2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 10
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon (finely chopped)
Hing - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chillies - 3-5 (Adjust to your spice level)
Green chillies - 2 (adjust to your spice level)
Tamarind - 2 teaspoon thick paste and add 1/2 cup water

Method:
Heat ghee and oil. Add mustard seeds let it pop. Add Urad dhal, Cumin seeds, Curry leaves, Red chilles, Green chillies. Fry for few sec. Add hing. Fry for 20 sec. Add onion and garlic and required salt. 
Fry for a min,Add tomatoes & turmeric powder. Fry for a min. Add manathakkali kai. Add water from cooked dal. Adjust the salt
When bubble start to come add brinjal and close the lid. Let it cook. Add cooked dal
Add tamarind water and let it boil for few more mins. Add coriander leaves
Switch it off Enjoy!
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