Kandipappu Pachadi

Serves: 4 
Red Gram Dal - Kandipappu1 cup
Onion1 mediumchopped
Curry leavesfewchopped
Indian seasoningfenugreek seeds
Water3 cups
Tamarindto taste
Brown sugarto taste
Pepperto tasteoptional
Red chilis8-10 hotbroken
Garlic6 big cloveshalved

  1. Fry red chilis, fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves with seasoning till transparent
  2. Add unwashed dal, toast for a few minutes till fragrant
  3. Add garlic and onions and mix
  4. Add salt and water; cook for 3 whistles
  5. Add water (if needed), tamarind, sugar and bring to boil
  6. Adjust to taste and garnish with cilantro

This dish should have strong sweet and tangy flavors from the sugar and tamarind. Though it's not a sweet dish, the spices should not dominate. Best served with plain rice and ghee.