Sambar - 6

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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1/2 cup tur -- (toor) gram dal
1 1/2 cups oil
4 medium red chillies
10 whole pepper seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon bengal gram dal
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 piece tamarind -- (the size of a small lemon)
1 dash turmeric
1 dash asafoetida
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tablespoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1 medium pumpkin
1 medium Onion
1 bunch radish
4 medium drumstick

Preparation / Directions:

1. Soak the tamarind in a small bowl of water for 10 minutes. Squeeze to extract juice. 2. Vegetables: Whichever vegetables you use, chop them into small pieces. in all, use a cupful of vegetables. Boil until soft and firm. 3. Boil tur gram dal until soft. Mash. 4. Masala: Heat the oil. Add red chillies, pepper seeds, coriander seeds, dry bengal gram dal, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds. Fry until light brown. Strain. Cool the masala. Grind. 5. Pour the dal into a frying pan. Add the tamarind juice. Heat on a slow flame. add salt to taste, asafoetida and curry leaves. 6. Add masala, sugar and chilli powder. Stir. 7. Add a glass of water, vegetables and cook until you obtain the right consistency.

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