Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker (for IP method)
Small Frying pan (for tempering)
1 cupToor dal / Kandi Pappu / Yellow Lentils
3tablespoons Tamarind puree
4Green Chillies(small size)
1 tablespoonRice flour or Chickpea flour(optional)
1½ teaspoonsRed Chilli Powder / Cayene Powder
2teaspoonsSugar or Jaggery
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Coriander (chopped) – 2 tablespoons
Water – enough to cook and boil
Ginger Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon (optional)
Ingredients for Tempering (optional)
½ teaspoonMustard Seeds / Aavaalu
1teaspoonCumin Seeds / Jeera
half of ¼ teaspoonAsafoetida / Hing / Inguva
PREP WORK (common for both methods):
Firstly, take the dal / lentils into a vessel and wash them twice thoroughly.Now, cut the tomatoes and onions cube sized and slit the green chillies length wise.
STOVE-TOP METHOD(time:15 mins)
Add everything to the vessel. Pour water into the vessel up to a level that the dal/lentils or just dipped.
Put the vessel on medium flame of stove, cover with lid, let it cook for 10 mins. After which, check if the dal is cooked or not, by pressing a lentil against 2 fingers.
If you are using, stove-top pressure cooker, put the lid and whistle on, cook it up to 4-5 whistles. Let the pressure release.
Add the red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder, tamarind puree, sugar,1½ cups of water, tablespoon of coriander, ginger-garlic paste (optional).Mix everything, & let it boil on stove under medium flame.
Add rice flour or chick pea flour to thicken,switch off,garnish with chopped coriander. Done!!
INSTANT POT METHOD(time:8 mins)
Transfer washed lentils, diced onions and tomatoes, slit green chillies, tamarind puree / pulp / dry tamarind to the IP vessel.
Pour water up to a level that everything is just dipped.Switch the Instant Pot ON, set it to Pressure Cook Mode, under high pressure, for 6 mins with valve closed.
Release the pressure either manually (NPR) or let it release naturally (NPR). Anything is fine. Remove the lid, turn on the IP, set to Saute Mode, under high pressure, for 2 mins
Add 1½ cup of water, sugar, salt, red chilli powder / cayenne powder, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste (optional).Let the soup boil,add the rice flour or chick pea flour to thicken. Garnish with chopped coriander. Done!!
If you wish to do the tempering, take all the ‘Ingredients for tempering’ into a small pan onto the stove top, and saute them.Transfer this tempering into the vessel and mix gently. Done!!
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