- Dry roast the channa dal until browned. Allow it to cool.
- Grind the roasated dal, coconut, chiles, tamarind paste, cilantro, ginger paste, and salt in a blender with as little water as possible. For best results the final consistency must be somewhere between coarse and smooth paste.
- For seasoning heat the oil in a small ladle. Add the mustard seeds to hot oil and allow it to crackle. When the crackling starts subsiding add the asafoetida and the curry leaves, and stir for a few seconds.
- Add the seasoning mixture to the chutney and mix well.