In a pan add 3 tsp oil and add the peeled shallots. Saute this till golden brown.
Add this to a vessel and add ¼ cup moong dal and 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
Add ½ cup water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles along with a potato.
Grind the coconut, fennel, cashew nuts, green chili, roasted gram dal(pottukadalai) into a fine paste. You can add little water while grinding. I didn’t have poppy seeds so didn’t add.
Once the pressure cooker is released, peel the skin of the potato and roughly mash it.
In a pan add 2 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Add the cooked moong onion mixture.
Add the roughly mashed potato.
Now add the ground paste along with ½ cup – ¾ cup of water.
Let this boil for 3-4 minutes.
Serve this with Idli, dosa| poori | chapathi.