This is basically south Indian recipe but very famous in north India also.I cook this once in a while when I am short in time to make dal and veggies separately.
Toovar/arhar dal 1 cup
Potato 1 small
Sambhar masala 1tbsp
Turmeric pw 1/2 tsp
Red chili pw 1 tsp
Tamarind paste 1 tbsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida 1 pinch
Curry leaves a few
1. Wash and pressure cook toovar dal with chopped onions,tomatoes,carrot,potatoes, turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups of water.
2. Now add tamarind pulp, sambhar masala and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
3. For tempering/tadka heat oil and add mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves.Let the mustard seeds crackle.Add this tadka to our sambhar and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Serve hot with idli,dosa,wada or rice.
Note:You can add other veggies like brinjal, turnip,radish,drumstick also.