|Mustard seeds - Avalu|
|Bengal gram dal - Senagapappu|
|Lentils - Minapappu|
- Fry everything in little oil
- Basic tempering usually just has mustard seeds, cumin and lentils/dal. If any Indian recipe does not mention the specific ingredients, just use the bare minimum and add whatever you like according to taste.
Not all the above ingredients go into every dish. Each Indian recipe will have a unique combination which will vary by region and individual family customs. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just what people are used to in general.