Lentil Curry - ಅವರೇಕಾಳು ಸಾರು

Monday, January 24, 2011

This is a savory South Indian dish from the state of Karnataka. A long-time favorite !

Preparation time: 20-25 minutes

Serves: 2-3 people

You will need:
  1. Deskinned Papdi lilva (ಅವರೇಕಾಳು):100-150 gms
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Asafoetida/Hing: a pinch
  4. Coriander Seeds ( ಕೊತಮ್ಬ್ರಿ ಬೀಜ ) : 2 tspn
  5. Red chillies (preferably badgi) : 7-8
  6. Pepper Seeds : 8-10
  7. Cumin Seeds : 1 tsp
  8. Cinnamon Stick/Dalchini/ಚಕ್ಕೆ : 1 inch approx.
  9. Rice - 1 tsp
  10. Coconut (wet/dry) - 1 cup
  11. Tamarind paste - 1 tspn
  12. Salt
To cook:
  • Boil the lilva beans in a pressure cooker with some salt and keep it aside
  • In a skillet, add all the ingredients (nos. 2-9) preferably in that order and roast until you can smell the aroma of the spices
  • Once roasted, grind all the ingredients along with  the coconut and tamarind paste. Add some water to get a chutney-like consistency
  • In a separate pot, add the boiled avarekalu and the above ground paste. 
  • Add water and bring to boil.
For tempering:
Once boiled, temper it with oil/ghee, hing, mustard seeds and cumin seeds

Serve Hot with Rice!

Lentil Curry
Tip: For a better aroma and flavour, temper the curry with ghee instead of oil.


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