Bitter gourd-2 (1/2cup, chopped)
Cooked channa- one fist full
Jaggery- a small piece
Few curry leaves and cilantro
To roast & grind
Red chillies-3 (adjust to taste)
Hing/Asafoetida- a generous pinch
Pressure cook the thoor dal and channa separately and keep it ready.
Chop the bitter-gourd and tomato into small pieces.
Heat little oil in a small pan, roast the items under "to roast & grind" without burning any. Let it cool completely, then grind it to a fine paste.
Cook until tomatoes become soft n mushy, then add the tamarind juice, chilly powder, turmeric powder.
Let it boil nicely till the bitter-gourd is 3/4th done.
Mix the masala with the cooked dal and add it to the bitter-gourd.
Cook it on medium heat for 5-6 minutes.
Tasty Pavakkai pitlai is ready to serve. It tastes great with white rice and some veggie fry.