Thoor Dhal / Red gram dhal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 2 medium size , diced
Tomato - 2 diced & 2 quartered
Tamarind - 2'' piece
Green chillies - 1 tbsp, chopped
Red chilly powder - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Dhaniya / coriander powder - 1tsp
Jeera / cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsps, mustard, Jeera, curry leaves, a pinch of hing.
Pressure cook the dal , onions and the tomato quarters in enough water till mushy.
Place the green chillies and tamarind in a small cup and pressure cook along with the dal.
Remove the skin from the tomato quarters & mash it well along with the dal.
Extact the tamarind juice and add it to the dal.
Add in all the dry powders , sugar , cooked green chillies , salt and diced tomato and bring the dal to a simmer.
Transfer to a serving dish & mix with the tempering.
Tastes great with hot rice as well as with any rotis.
Can use chopped garlic in the tempering.
Traditional dal preparation does not use dhaniya, jeera , garam masala powders. Can omit them if you wish to do so.
Sending this to the 21st edition of MLLA hosted by manju ,which was started by Susan.