Gulla huli (Egg plant sambar)

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How long it takes: 1 hour

Number of servings: 3-4

Eggplant in English/Gulla in Konkani/Badanekayio in kannada. This gulla is a special variety available here, a bit sweet unlike the other varieties available elsewhere. I have already put up Yennagai and also gulla sagle. Today I would like to put up Gulla huli, Kannadiga dish.  It turns out so yummy that , one who hates this veggie would empty the dish for everybody’s surprise!!!!! It is a typical festival/ceremony food when available, say about 4-5 months in a year. Here is my version of the dish.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped Gulla – 4-6 cups (to be cooked with salt, tamarind & jaggery)

2. Toor dal – 1/3 cup KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                               Chopped gulla(Eggplant) KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Toor dal & ingredients of seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop the veggie into bite size big pieces so that when cooked one gets to relish the same.

2. Cook dal as usual in the cooker till done. Place a wide based bowl and cook chopped gulla in it adding 2 cups of water, salt, tamarind and jaggery till done KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                             Chopped gulla being cooked KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                     Cooked gulla

Ingredients of wet masala:

1. Bengalgram dal – 1/2 teaspoon

2. Blackgram dal – 1 teaspoon

3. Coriander seeds – 3-4 teaspoons

4. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

5. Fenugreek seeds – 5-6 seeds

6. Asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

7. Curry leaves – 5-6 leaves

8. Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

9. Fresh grated coconut – 2 tablespoons

10. Byadgi chili – 5-6

3. Place a spatula with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low flame. On heating add Bengalgram dal, blackgram dal and fry till light brown. Add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves in a row. Stir well and then add red chilli. Once fried add grated coconut and fry for a few seconds. On cooling grind it in the mixer adding  tamarind from the cooked veggie and water in steps to a medium coarse consistency. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                      Ingredients of wet masala KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                     Wet masala ingredients being fried                                                                KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                                 Grind wet masala

4. Add cooked dal to cooked eggplant from step 3 to it.                                                          KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                      Cooked dal being added to the veggie

5. Stir dal and veggie well and add in the wet masala from step-3 to it and bring it to the required consistency checking for salt etc..,                                                               KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                 Wet masala being added to dal-veggie mix                                   

6. Place a spatula with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in it. On heating add mustard seeds to it. When it splutters add curry leaves and season it to the dish. Yummy gulla huli is ready. Enjoy with white rice. 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Seasoning in progress                                                                  KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Ready to serve Gulla huli

Good to remember:

1. Chop the veggie into big bite size pieces to relish.

2. This dish is not that spicy but a little tangy and sweetish.

3. Veggies like the Mangalore cucumber, and also Okra can be used for this dish.



14 thoughts on “Gulla huli (Egg plant sambar)

    Priya said:
    February 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    One of my comforting food,thick and irresistible.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Priya,

      Thanx a lot as usual for visiting my space.

    Notyet100 said:
    February 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Looks sondelicious,…

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Notyet100,

      As you say it should beeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

        Shalini Amanna said:
        November 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

        Halloween Pratbibha, First of all thank you very much for your receipie. it was explained very nicely. It will be very good for the beginners also. I tried it and it came out very nice. Thank you very much. God Bless You.

    silshila said:
    February 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I love eggplant 🙂

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    Dinkar said:
    March 2, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Hi Pratibha:

    After a long time, I am looking at the recipes on this site again, and there are so many delicious new ones!!! About this specific sambar/huli, it is hard to get Gulla anywhere else than S. Kanara, but we do get a vegetable called “Thai Eggplant” here. It is also green and white, round but much smaller. Don’t know if you have tried it, but we will try this recipe with Thai Eggplant and inform. Thanks!


      prathibalrao responded:
      March 2, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Hi Dinkar,

      Thanx a lot for visiting my site and commenting too. Long time i have heard from you. On the east coast you get big oval shape “Egg plant” veggie which is also as sweet as the “Gulla of south canara. If available try it out with that. Do send me a feed back please.

      Regards prathiba

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    January 25, 2018 at 6:33 pm

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