Kulfa Dal

(Serves 4)

1 cup tur dal

1 tomato

3 sprigs curry-patta

1½ teaspoons chilli powder

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

3 cups plucked and washed kulfa leaves

¼ cup tamarind steeped in water

1 tablespoon oil

2 teaspoons cumin

2 dried red chillies

2 garlic pods, finely chopped (optional)


Wash dal. Pressure-cook along with chopped tomato, 1 sprig curry-patta, chilli and turmeric powders.

Add 4 cups water and pressure cook again till mushy.

Mash smooth, mix in the kulfa and tamarind, and simmer.

Heat oil and fry cumin, broken red chillies, balance of the curry-patta and garlic, and pour over dal mixture.

Continue simmering 10 minutes.

Serve with rice.