Pholsu is a Konkani Delicacy that is known to very few households. It is very similar to sambhar. Very Nutritious and easy to make. A dish packed with vitamins and nutrients. Tastes good with rice.

I learnt this dish from my Mother who learnt from her Mom i.e My Grandmother. Do try this one 🙂


  1. Tuvar Dal – 1/4 cup
  2. Potato – 1 Small diced
  3. Carrot – 1 diced
  4. Beans – 5 nos cut into 1/2” pieces
  5. Drumstick –  2  cut into  2” pieces
  6. Tomato – 1 
  7. Ladies finger – 5 nos cut into 1” pieces
  8. Brinjal – 1 diced
  9. Tomato – 1 chopped 
  10. Tamarind – 1 gooseberry size dissolved in warm water.
  11. Green chillies- 4 – 5 slit ( as per your taste)
  12. Coriander leaves – For garnish
  13. Salt- as per taste
For Seasoning:-
  1. Oil – 1 tsp
  2. Jeera – 1 tsp
  3. Asafoetida/Hing – 1/4 tsp
  4. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Cook dal until completely done in a cooker.
  • Take 1/4 tsp oil and fry the lady’s finger pieces till they become soft. This is to avoid them becoming gluey and mushy once they are added to the curry.
  • Transfer the dal in a deep bottomed pot,add the carrot, potato,beans, drumstick pieces, green chillies,1/4 cup water and salt to the dal and cook. 
  • Once they are half cooked add the brinjal, tomato, lady’s finger pieces and cook till done. 
  • Squeeze the tamarind well and add this to the cooked veggies and dal mixture.
  • Mix well and give a boil. Check for salt.
  • Season with Jeera, hing and curry leaves.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and Serve hot with steamed rice boiled or white.
  • I have used mustard for seasoning but the original recipe has only jeera.
  • Do not make the curry too watery.

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