Pappu Chaaru (Vegetable And Lentil Soup-Like Dish)

Course : Curry
Serves: 6
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1 cup split red gram
2 1/2 cups water
---SET 1---
2 medium onions
2 medium green chiles
3 medium tomatoes
4 medium French beans
2 medium drumsticks
1 medium carrot
6 medium okra -- (ladies fingers)
1 teaspoon red chile powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 teaspoons tamarind extract
1/4 cup coriander leaves
15 pieces curry leaves
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
5 cups water
---SET 2---
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin
5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter

Preparation / Directions:

Wash the dal and boil in water until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat, let cool and make into a paste in a grinder. Keep aside. Meanwhile chop all the vegetables into bite sized pieces except the drumstick which is cut into 2.5 inch pieces. In a pot mix the vegetables, the above paste and the remaining ingredients in set 1 and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and let cook until the vegetables are cooked. Remove from heat and keep aside. In a deep skillet heat butter on low heat and add mustard seeds and cumin. When the mustard seeds start to pop add fenugreek seeds and slightly crushed garlic cloves. When the garlic starts to turn light brown add contents from pot. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Serve hot. This dish goes very well with Uthappam, Plain White Rice, Idli and Dosa. Preparation time: 60 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes

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