While Sundays and chicken dinners go hand in hand in many a household in America, lentil dumplings in tamarind sauce take center stage in India's Tamilian kitchens. Serve Spiced Puffed Breads or even steamed basmati rice with this dish. Prep time does not include lentil soaking time.
TIPS: Cook the dumpling paste just until it resembles a soft dough or it will dry out and look like bread crumbs. Dry dough will not hold its shape and the dumplings will subsequently fall apart in the sauce. The dumplings can be made a day ahead, covered and stored in the refrigerator.
Leave fenugreek seed out of the recipe if unavailable. Because tamarind has such a crucial role in this recipe, there is no substitute for its distinct tartness.