chop the basale soppu / malabar spinach roughly (1 inch length - use both stems and leaves) and slice ½ onion thinly. keep them aside.
in a large vessel add basale soppu and tamarind extract.
also add salt and jaggery to it. close the lid and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes in a medium flame.
once the leaves are cooked and the onions to it and boil for another 4-5 minutes.
now add the ground masala, turmeric powder and bring to boil.
add the cooked dal and boil vigorously for 5-6 minutes.
meanwhile, heat up some oil and sputter mustard seeds. add the garlic if using, followed by the curry leaves.
immediately pour the tempering on the curry.
mix it well and serve basale koddel with hot steamed rice.