For 4 Person(s)
Wash and soak ‘urad daal’ (white lentils) in 2 glasses of water for 4-5 hours.
Drain, wash and grind to make a smooth paste of moderate thickness.
Take the paste out in a bowl and keep it covered for 2 hours to let it ferment (I skipped this step).
Whisk well to make it lighter and then add 1 tsp of crushed fennel, 1/2 tsp of crushed pepper corns and 1/2 tsp of salt. Mix well.
Heat 2.5 glasses of water in a pan, and when it starts boiling take a big lump of the ground daal mixture (made in step 4) and drop in the boiling water and let it boil for 5 minutes.
Take the boiled lump out in a plate and let it cool down for 5 minutes and then chop to make medium size pieces.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the vadi pieces till they’re golden in colour (traditionally frying and cooking is done in mustard oil only, but you can use your choice of cooking oil for frying).
Wash and blanch spinach in hot boiling water for a minute.
Drain and refresh in cold water and then grind with dill, green chilies, green cardamoms, cloves and peppercorns to make a fine paste.
Take out in a bowl and mix curd and whisk well, then add 2.5 cups water and mix.
Heat 2 tbsp of mustard oil in a pan, add 1 tsp of cumin seeds, crushed coriander seeds, grated ginger, bay leaves, cinnamon, 1 whole black cardamom (slightly crush it to open the seed) and asfoetida.
When the cumin starts crackling, add turmeric, chili powder and fennel powder.
Add spinach mixture. Let it boil for 5 minutes.
Now add salt and the fried dumplings (sepu vadis) and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Add lemon juice and serve hot.
Best served with cumin rice/plain rice and chapatti.