Ingredients:

• 1-2 – Drumsticks (tender and fleshy ones)
• 1 – Tomato (quartered)
• 1/4 cup – tur dal
• 1 tsp – Tamarind paste or a lemon-sized ball of Tamarind
• 1 tbsp – rasam powder
• salt to taste
• 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
• 1/4 tsp – Mustard Seeds
• 1/4 tsp – Jeera seeds
• 1-2 – Red Chillies (dried)
• a pinch of Hing
• a few Curry leaves
• oil or Ghee for frying
• a few Coriander leaves (finely chopped)

Method:

  1. Pressure-cook the tur dal until it’s soft (3-4 whistles).
  2. Soak the tamarind ball in 4 cups of water and strain the juice.
  3. Pour the juice in a vessel, add tomato, turmeric powder, rasam powder and salt.
  4. Keep the mixture on the gas at medium flame.
  5. Boil the drumsticks separately until they are well-cooked.
  6. Remove the insides of the drumsticks and put them in the tamarind water mixture.
  7. Bring the whole mixture to a boil.
  8. Add the tur dal and boil on medium flame for 5-6 minutes.
  9. Season with mustard seeds, jeera, hing, red chillies, curry leaves and ghee (or oil).
  10. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.
  11. Serve hot with rice.

Recipe courtesy of Shweta