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A curried lentil preparation which specially goes well with Dosas and idlis and plain rice--South Indian
Recipe By : Niru Gupta
Type: Vegetarian Serving: 4-6 Cooking Time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup (180 gms.) Yellow Lentils (Arhar or Toover Dal)
  • 6 cups water OR 4-5 cups if using a pressure cooker
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp sugar or molasses (jaggery)
  • 3 tbsp sambhar masala  
  • 3 tbsp thick tamarind pulp (about 20 gms dried) OR 1 tsp tamarind concentrate
  • 2 tsps mustard (sarson)seeds
  • 7-8  curry leaves (kadhi patta) or 1 tsp dried and powdered
  • 2-3 whole dry red peppers (sabut lal mirch)
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, cut into approx.1" cubes
  • 1 big onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (hara dhania) to garnish.


  • Pick, clean and wash the lentils. Add the water and cook with the salt, till absolutely
  • tender, and no grains remain. (about half an hour without the pressure cooker, and approximately, 10 minutes in the pressure cooker.)

  • Add the sambhar masala, sugar, vegetables and onions, and cook till the vegetables are

  • Tender. Add the tamarind.

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the whole red peppers and the curry leaves.

  • Turn around 2-3 times, add the lentil mixture and bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 5 minutes.

  • Serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves.

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