Heat 2-3 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds and coriander seeds and sauté for 1 minute.Add ginger and garlic and sauté till garlic is light brown. Add poppy seeds and sauté for 2 minutes. Add onion, mix and saut. é for 2-3 minutes
Roughly chop fresh coriander leaves.Add ground chillies, turmeric powder, chopped fresh coriander and coconut, mix well and cook for 1 minute. Transfer into a grinder jar and add yogurt. Grind into a smooth paste with sufficient water.
Heat remaining oil in a non-stick pan. Add ground paste and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add green gram, salt and garam masala powder. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add 2-3 cups water, stir to mix and bring to a boil. Serve hot.