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Ingredients: (To serve : 5)

1. Toor Daal -- 1 1/2 cups

2. Mustard seeds -- 1 tsp

3. Frozen Whole Onions (small onions) -- 1 Packet

4. Sambaar Powder -- 3 tbsps. (add more or less depending on how spicy you want it)

5. Tamarind paste -- 1 tsp.

6. Hing -- 1/4 tsp. (optional)

7. Salt to taste ( approx 1 tbsp)

8. Cilantro (Coriander leaves) -- 1 cup


1. Cook the toor daal with water in a cooker or in a crock pot until it is soft(or cooked).

2. In another pot, heat a tbsp of oil and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to crackle, add hing and the onions. Be careful while adding the onions. Let the onions cook for 5 minutes in little water.

3. Now, add the toor daal. Mix well with a ladle. In a glass, mix the sambaar powder, salt and the tamarind paste with a ladle of the hot toor daal. Now, pour it into the pot and mix well so that no lumps are formed.  Add cilantro and let it come to a boil. Let it boil for 4 minutes before turning off the heat.

4. Serve with plain rice, idli, wada or dosa.

Note: You can substitute any vegetable in place of the onions. For example: eggplant, cabbage, beans or spinach. Try to buy MTR's Sambaar Powder at any Indian stores.