This recipe originates from South India and was taken by Muslim immigrants to Malaysia. It is a wonderfully warming and nourishing lentil and vegetable curry with a tantalising flavour, but with such a long list of ingredients, I fear that few will attempt to make it. Pottering around in the kitchen preparing, then eating, this, is my idea of heaven, and I love to serve it to guests. The original recipe suggests using half and half toor (toovar) and chana dal, but I prefer to use a greater proportion of toor dal. It is possible to use Australian yellow split peas in place of the dals. Adjust the number of chillies to suit your taste.