This is a Tanjore Maharashtrian speciality. It can be prepared with any one of the vegetables listed, or a combination of all of them.
Vegetable of choice : About half a cup each of Green beans, Bitter gourd (Karela, hagalkai), Snake gourd (Padvalkai), Elephant yam (Suvarna gadde, suran)
Peanuts : 2 tablespoons
Tamarind Paste : 1 teaspoon
Toor Dal : ½ cup
Pitla Pudi : 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds (Rai, Sasve) : 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida (Hing) : ¼ teaspoon
Vegetable Oil : 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
- Cook the toor dal in a pressure cooker.
- Cut the vegetables and boil them well along with the peanuts. Add salt, tamarind paste and pitla pudi. Allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the dal and cook for another 5 minutes.
- In a pan, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil. Add mustard.
After the mustard pops, add asafoetida. Add the seasoning to the Pitla.