Tanjore style Kathrikaai Masiyal is a very lentil based good side dish to _Venn Pongal . Masiyal _means mashed , i.e. , we mash the cooked moong dal and add it to the vegetable . A very unique dal preparation that can also be taken as main dish with plain rice .
- Pre-requisites : 1) Pressure cook the moong dal and mash it with the help of a ladle or you can mash it in a blender . 2) soak gooseberry sized tamarind in lukewarm water for 10 minutes and then take the extract by adding some more water to it. It should come up to one and a half cup . This method helps in taking extract out easily.
- Take a kadaai , and keep it on medium heat. Add sesame oil , and add all the ingredients listed under “tempering”. Once they turn golden brown in color , add the chopped aubergine and tomatoes. Saute them and allow it to cook until aubergines turn tender and tomatoes become mushy. Add required amount of salt.
- Once the vegetables are cooked , add the tamarind extract and allow it to boil until the raw smell of the tamarind goes. Add turmeric.
- Once this concoction starts boiling add the cooked , mashed moong dal and mix continuously. After you add the dal allow it to boil for a minute , take off from heat and transfer it to a serving dish. The consistency should not be too thick or too runny.