This is a recipe I picked up from aayi’s or SIL’s recipe book. Can’t recall from which one exactly. I think they got it from a recipe show. It looked so good that, I had to try it. I used frozen gooseberrys(amla/nellikayi). I changed the recipe to include a garlic seasoning and also used tamarind to give it a tangy taste. It came out very good. It had a distinct amla taste. It tastes great even when eaten like soup.
1/2 cup toor dal
3/4 cup onion
A pinch turmeric
1 tea spn sarina pudi or any spice powder (I used ready made curry powder that I had)
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn urad dal
1 tea spn chopped garlic
2 red chilies
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 2-3 pieces of tamarind
3-4 curry leaves
Cook toor dal with turmeric, 1/4 cup onion, 2 amlas cut into small pieces(discard the seed). Amlas are very hard to cut, so you can cook them first in cooker and then cut them.
Heat oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, 1/2 tea spn garlic, remaining onion, pieces of remaining 1 amla, curry leaves, pepper. Fry till the onions turn translucent. Now add the spice powder. Grind to a paste along with tamarind and salt.
Add the ground paste to the cooked toor dal mixture. Add salt and bring it to boil. Take off heat.
Heat ghee and add remaining 1/2 tea spn garlic. Add red chilies cut into pieces and pour over the saru.
Serve with hot rice.
Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 20 mins