Allam [ginger]- 1/3 cup peeled and cut into chunks

Green chillies – 17 to 20 cut into 2 pieces [ adjust to your spice level ]

Roasted chana dal – 3/4 cup

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Coriander seeds – 2 tbsp

Curry leaves – 1/3 cup loosely packed

Mashed garlic – 8 cloves

Jaggery – 1/3 cup

Oil – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Tamarind – small lemon size

Water – 3/4 cup to 1 cup for grinding

This recipe was given to me by my househelp – Bhavani


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add allam [ginger] pieces and cumin seeds .Fry on medium flame for 3 minutes.
  2. Then, add coriander seeds and fry for 1 minute. Add mashed garlic.
  3. Fry on low flame for 1 minute. Add green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes and add roasted chana dal.
  4. Fry on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Switch off the flame and cool it. Transfer it to the grinder jar.
  5. Add salt, jaggery and tamarind. Grind it to a paste using water.
  6. Adjust seasoning. Adjust water for grinding according to the consistency you prefer

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