INGREDIENTS:Tamarind - a lemon sized ball
Manathakkali vathal -1 tablespoon
Sambhar powder - 1 tsp.
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Salt - as per taste
Curry leaves - few
Soak tamarind in water and extract pulp. Keep aside.
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat a spoon of oil and fry the vathal. Keep aside. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil & add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add methi seeds, hing, turmeric powder and curryleaves . Saute for a while. Now add the sambhar powder and slightly saute it being careful not to burn it. Immediately pour in tamarind extract alongwith salt. Allow it to boil. Now add the fried vathals and boil till thick.
Goes well with hot rice, snakegourd pachadi and roasted papad or appalam.