The Pitlai Recipe is of my Grand Mother's. I love the freshly grounded spice in the tuvar dal along with the bittery taste. If you are bored of trying sambhar's, you can give this a shot once a while.
Small Bitter Melon's-20
Tuvar dal-1/4 cup [Boiled and Mashed]
Tamarind-of a small lemon size
Roast the Below and Grind them into a Coarse Paste
Urad dal-1 tsp
Chana dal-1 tsp
Dry Red chilli-3
Coconut grated-5 tsp's
Asafoetida powder-a pinch
Split Urad Dal-1/4 tsp
Coriander Leaves-2tsp [to Garnish]
First cut the Bitter Melon's into thin round slices and boil them in adequate water. after it is cooked, Add the Grinded paste to it and mix well. Now add the Tuvar Dal and a pinch of turmeric powder and mix well. add tamarind water and let it boil. add salt to taste. Now do Talippu/Tadka and pour over it before switching off the flame.
It tasted the same as the big one's. we liked the small thin slices in the dal. give a try when u find some of these..