A strange name!Isin't it?Palya is a Kannada word for "subzi/dry curry".Its a very interesting South Indian recipe and tastes very different.If you haven't tasted it give it a try u will love it.Its eaten with rice or Chapathi's/roti's.Its a hit in my house.
2tsp Toor Dal
5-6 Dry Red chillies
1tsp Cumin seeds/jeera seeds
1/2tsp Mustard seeds
1tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste.
Soak the Toor dal in water for about an hour.Cook gorikaai/guvar with a little water and a pinch of salt.Drain and keep aside.Take the soaked toor dal, dry red chillies, dry coconut and cumin seeds and grind it in a mixie without any water if possible till its smooth.(if not able to grind add very little water) Now make tempering with oil in a nonstick pan and add mustard seeds and when it splutters add hing and turmeric powder.Now add cooked gorikaai, dal paste, salt to taste and fry it till the oil dries out and the paste becomes a dry powder or like crystals.
Note: Donot leave it unatteneded as it may burn and add a little more oil if required.It can be made with fresh Methi leaves too.When eating with rice add a spoon of oil so its not too dry.Guvar can be found in frozen section inany indian stores.