Kulfa Dal

(Serves 4)

1 cup toor dal
1 tomato
3 sprigs curry leaves/patta
1½ teaspoons chilli powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
3 cups plucked and washed kulfa leaves
¼ cup tamarind steeped in water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cumin
2 dried red chillies
2 garlic pods, finely chopped (optional)


Wash dal. Pressure-cook along with chopped tomato, 1 sprig curry patta, chilli and turmeric powders.
Add 4 cups water and pressure cook again till mushy.
Mash smooth, mix in the kulfa and tamarind, and simmer.
Heat oil and fry cumin, broken red chillies, balance of the curry patta and garlic, and pour over dal mixture.
Continue simmering 10 minutes longer.

Serve with rice.