This is a classic south Indian dish, which is a superb way of using up leftover rice. It's also relatively quick to make. Serve it for lunch or a light dinner.
Coconut oil can be found online. Skinned split black lentils, split Bengal gram, fresh curry leaves and asafoetida powder can be found in Indian/South Asian stores.
Use groundnut oil.
My kids were not fond of this, but they areso picky. My husband and I loved this dish. We love spice so we added a bit more to our liking. - 08 Aug 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)