My favorite neiveidyam ever is Puliyodharai, my mom used to cook this for us anytime requested because of her simple and easy recipe. We used to have Puliyodharai with Potato Sambal or Pumpkin Pulingkari (Spicy and Sour Pumpkin dish), we never ask for anything else.
Let's get to the recipe;
2 cups of cooked rice
1/4 cup of toor dhall (cooked)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup of tamarind juice
1 sprig of curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seed
A pinch of hing
2 red dry chili
2 cups of water
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
In a pan, heat oil add mustard seed once it crackle, add curry leaves, dry chili, hing and fry for a minute. Now pour in tamarind juice and water let it boil and reduces to half the quantity, meaning from 3 cups (2 cups of water and 1 cup of tamarind juice) boils down to 1 cup of liquid.
A this point add cooked dhall, turmeric powder, salt and simmer for another 5 minutes
Add in cooked rice to the tamarind mixture and mix well incorporating both
All mixed well, now ready to be served
Do try and let me know how it turned out!
I'm sending this recipe to Priya's Event Navratri 2012