"Sholay" came out in the mid-seventies and was a landmark film in many ways. Not only was it the first ever 70 mm film but it ushered in the era of multi-star cast films in a way that we had not seen before. Dubbed as a 'curry' Western, the movie nonetheless had all the usual ingredients of a masala movie but with a lot of added violence. Salim Javed's dialogues and Ramesh Sippy's direction brought out the best in its star cast. Sanjeev Kumar as the old thakur and Jaya Bhaduri as his daughter-in-law Radha both gave powerfully understated performances. The on-screen chemistry between Hema as the talkative Basanti and Dharmendra as Veeru, as well as the camaraderie between Amitabh (as Jai) and Dharmendra was a delight to watch. Amjad Khan as Gabbar was outstanding. R.D. Burman's music passed muster with the exception of "mehebooba." It is lavish production and remains one of India's must watch movies of all time.
1/2 cup toor dal
1 cup methi leaves
1 cup palak leaves
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
4 to 5 dry red chillies
2 tablespoons shredded dry coconut
1 tablespoon tamarind extract
1 teaspoon jaggery
1 small onion sliced
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 green chillies chopped
Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon Hing
1 table spoon + 1 teaspoon oil
- Cook the toor dal in the pressure cooker with turmeric added to it.
- Cook the methi and palak leaves and mash.
- Roast the coriander seeds, red chillies, and dry coconut in a teaspoon of oil and grind to a paste.
- Mix the cooked dal, ground paste, mashed greens, salt, tamarind extract and jaggery.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil.
- Add the mustard seeds and when they cackle, add the hing, sliced onions, chopped green chillies and chopped garlic.
- Saute on medium high heat till the onions and garlic are cooked then add the dal mixture.
- Cook for about five more minutes to blend in the flavors.
- Serve hot with rice.