So here's another way of making a simple day, in Kerala style Paruppu Curry.
As Rajani says, in different parts of Kerala, different dals are served. While some use toor, some use moong dal as well. While some keep it simple by serving plain dal with ghee, without tempering, some temper it with mustard and red chilies.
Some even add ground coconut with green chilies. I naturally wanted to go with the different one from what I am used to. We too have Mudda Pappu, which is plain boiled toor dal, seasoned with salt, and served with ghee. Sometimes we temper, sometimes leave it as such. I welcome the similarities and wanted to make it different too.
The dal was very delicious and one can make this for a regular meal as well
This is part of my Onam Sadya I prepared for Mega BM for the Indian States
Kerala Paruppu Curry
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Green Chillies - 1-2
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
A pod of garlic or two are ground as well, some people skip it when making for Sadya.
Ghee - 1 tsp
How to make the Parippu
MW Moong dal for 10 mins with twice the amount of water along with turmeric.
Grind the coconut with chilies, cumin, and garlic (if using) to a fine paste, adding water as required.
Once the dal is cooked, transfer it to a kadai and bring it to a boil. Add the coconut paste, salt and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. You can add more water if the parippu is thick.
Heat a small pan for tempering, add a spoon or two of ghee, and temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves, and red chilies as well.
Since I was cooking more than 10 dishes, I resorted to MW boiling. You can use a Pressure cooker as well.
For a variation, you can try this Dali Thoy, a simple dal from Konkani.