Patoli is a traditional Andhra dish, made with lentils, spices and fresh coriander. It's delicious and really healthy. Serve with freshly cooked rice. You can also add okra or green beans to the dish.
Split Bengal gram (chana dal), skinned split black lentils (urad dal), fresh curry leaves and asafoetida powder can be purchased at Indian/South Asian speciality stores.
Flavors are good, but mine required about double the cooking time, and I never did manage to turn the dal into a "paste," even after 8 hours of soaking. We ended up with a tasty chana dal dish, but I assume the texture was "wrong" since I never achieved that paste. I might make this again, even so. - 01 Aug 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)