Recipe Cuisine: South Indian / Tamil Nadu | Recipe Category: Curry for Rice
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time: 30 mins | Serves: 4
Toor dal - 3/4 cup
Tomato - 1
Green chilli - 7
Tamarind - a small pebble sized
Garlic - 5
Asafoetida - a generous pinch
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coconut - 2 tblspn
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Small onion -5
Red chilli - 2
Curry leaves - a sprig
Oil - 2 tblspn
Coarsely grind coconut and cumin. Soak tamarind in water and extract its juice.
In a pressure cooker, take toor dal, chopped onion, garlic, turmeric, asafoetida, green chilli(slit into 4 halves), and enough water. Pressure cook for 4 whistles over medium flame.
Once pressure subsides, mash the dal and add ground coconut, tamarind extract and salt to taste.
In a vessel, heat little oil. Once oil becomes hot, crackle some mustard seeds. Add red chilli, chopped small onion and curry leaves.
When onion begins to brown, add the mashed dal and 1 cup of water. If chilli is not very spicy, add 1/2 tsp of chilli powder at this stage. Cook for 5 minutes and put off the flame.
Serve hot with rice!
- The juices of green chilli which gets into the dal while mashing gives a fantastic taste to the dish. So do not reduce it.
- Do not add too much of tamarind. It should not become sour.
|Keep all your ingredients ready. Soak a pebble sized tamarind in water and extract its juice.(*Not more than pebble sized)|
|In a preddure cooker, take washed toor dal, green chilli(cut into 4),choppd tomato, garlic, turmeric|
|a generous pinch of asafoetida|
|Add little water and pressure cook the dal for 4 whistles over medium flame|
|Meanwhile, coarsely grind the coconut and cumin|
|When the pressure subsides, open the lid and|
|mash the dal. Press in green chilli so that the juices of green chillies gets into the dal|
|Add in ground coconut|
|and salt to taste|
|Heat little oil and crackle some mustard seeds|
|When it begins to pop, add in chopped small onion, red chilli and curry leaves|
|When the onion begins to brown|
|add in mashed dal|
|Add 1.5 cups of water|
|Optional: Check for spiciness and add if required. Cook for 5 minutes and pur off the flame|
|Serve with hot rice and any of your favorite accompaniment!|