Soak tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes and extract paste from it.
Wash and cut vegetables into small cubes and keep it aside.
Wash red gram dal and add 3 cups of water, turmeric powder, asafoetida and a drop of oil and cook it in a pressure cooker.
Boil vegetables in cooker or microwave oven and keep it aside.
Meanwhile chop onions, tomatoes and green chillies, capsicum and keep other required ingredients ready.
Grind 2-3 pearl onions along with a little curry leaves, grated coconut, cumin seeds and garlic. Keep it aside.
Heat ghee in a pan/kadai, add little asafoetida, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilly, capsicum, curry leaves, black gram dal, fenugreek seeds, green chilly, onions, tomatoes and sprinkle a little water and fry for some time.
Add a little salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, sambar powder and fry for some time.
Now add tamarind paste and allow it to boil for some time.
Add cooked dal..
Add vegetables and water if required.
Then add the grinded coconut-onion paste to it.
Finally add chopped coriander leaves to it.
Mix them well.
Recipe courtesy: http://tamilveg.blogspot.com/
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