In a pan add 1 tsp of oil and add the chana dal, coriander seeds, red chilis and shallots.
Roast well till the onion becomes translucent and the dal becomes golden brown.
Grind this along with ¼ cup of coconut into a smooth paste. Add little water while grinding
Keep this aside.
In a pan add oil and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Once the mustard splutter, add the chopped brinjals to this.
Saute for a minute.
Now add the rice water | arisi mandi to this.
Add turmeric powder and salt.
Let this boil for 7-9 minutes till the brinjal becomes soft.
Now add the ground paste to this.
Mix well and boil this for 2 minutes.
If needed add little water to adjust the consistency.
Switch off the flame.
Brinjal gravy is ready.
You can pair this with hot rice and a spicy curry too.