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Tuvar dal - 1/2 cup
Drumsticks - 3
Brinjal -2
Small onions - 12 (peeled)
Potato - 1
French beans - few
Tomatoes -2
Thick tamarind extract - 1/4 cup
Salt to taste
Jaggery - small piece
Coriander leaves - few

Grind together:
coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Red chillies- 8
Channa dal - 2 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/4 tsp
Poppy seeds -2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1" piece
Cloves- 2
Fresh grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 tsp

For Talimpu:
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard, cumin, fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli- 2
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few


  • Wash and pressure cook the dal until soft and tender. When the lid open mash the dal and keep aside.
  • Cut all the vegetables into 2" long pieces.
  • fry the spices in little oil and grind together with chopped tomatoes to make smooth paste.
  • Heat the oil, add all talimpu ingredients and allow them to splutter.
  • Add chopped vegetables, small onions and stir fry for few minutes.
  • Then add water, salt and cook till vegetables are almost tender.
  • Mix in tamarind extract, mashed dal, jaggery and some more water and bring it to boil for few minutes.
  • Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.

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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.