Friday, December 25, 2009

Tarakaari Bele Saaru (Lentil and Vegetable Curry)

This is a curry that forms a staple food in south India and it goes best with steamed rice.

1. Toor Dal (Togari Bele) - Adout 3 hands ful
2. 1 small onion
3. 2 tomatoes
4. Curry Powder - 3 table spoons (I will give the recipe for this in my next post)
5. Garlic - Half a clove
6. Salt for taste
7. Vegetables
8. Powdered coconut - 2 hands ful
9. Vegetable iol - 2 table spoons
10. Mustard seeds - 1 table spoon

Wash toor dal in a container.
Chop onions into half and finely slice it length wise and add it to the dal.
Cut vegetable into 1 inch cubes.
Vegetables like carrot, beans, radish, potato, Khol Rabi, Ivy Gourd etc can be used.
You can also use some green leaves and Grains with the vegetables and add them to dal.
Wash 2 whole tomatoes and put it into the container of dal and vegetables.
Pressure cook this till the vegetables and dal are completely cooked.
Remove from pressure cooker once cooker is cooled and take out the cooked tomatoes into a mixer.
Add powdered coconut, curry powder to the mixer and blend well.
Keep the cooked dal and vegetables container on flame, add the ground mixture and salt and bring to boil.
In a small frying pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves, peel and halve each garlic and add it to hot oil and pour this while hot into the boiling dal and vegetable curry. Turn off the flame and serve the curry with steamed rice !

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