Raksha Bandan Tamarind Rice

3 cups Rice cooked with 1 tbsp butter/ghee/oil1/2 cup thick Tamarind extract3 tbsp Channa Dal2 tbsp grated Ginger2 level tsp Red Chili powder1 level tsp Turmeric powder1/4 tsp Asafetida powder6-8 Green Chilies slit in two3-4 dry ChiliesFew Curry Leaves5 tbsp Cashew nuts (broken up and kept)- Optional1/2 cup Vegetable OilSalt to Taste
1. Heat ½ cup vegetable oil.2. When the oil is hot add the chana dal, dry chillies, curry leaves, green chillies, asafetida powder or a small piece of solid Asafetida.3. Fry until the Dal is golden brown.4. Now, add the salt, turmeric powder, chili powder, grated ginger, broken cashew nuts and stir for a few minutes on a low flame. Don't let the turmeric and chili powder burn.5. Boil for 15-20 minutes till the quantity reduces to half and the mixture becomes thick.6. Put the cooked rice in a dish, add the prepared mixture and required quantity of the Tamarind extract.7. Mix to the rice and stir well. Keep covered until ready to serve