Old is gold I make pulikkachal in Microwave oven. The method is- Ingredients as per your usual method. First microwave the tamarind pulp (made out of an orange sized tamarind ball) with turmeric for 10 minutes. Add the fried and ground chilli etc. Add 2 tablespoons of gingelly oil. Mix well and microwave for 10 minutes more. Now add salt, 1/2 cup gingelly oil and microwave for 5 minutes. Heat 4 tabsp of gingelly oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds. Add broken urad dal and channa dal, 6 broken red chillies, curry leaves. Add to the paste. Mix well and add oil if needed. Micorwave for 2-3 minutes. The pulp should be a little soggy. When cool it would harden and the oil would have separated. Check inbetween so that it will not become very dry. This can be stored in an air tight container when cool and used for 2 months. Preparing this pulikkachal in microwave saves time. When we make it on the stove, it gets splashed all around and cleaning becomes a task. I make Deepavali marunthu also in microwave only. Grind 1/4 kg of peeled ginger well. Add the same volume of powdered jaggery. Add 2 tbsp of gingelly oil, 2 tbsp of ghee, 1 tbsp of coriander powder and mix well. Microwave for 5 minutes. Now add a little more ghee and 2 tbsp of honey and microwave for 2 minutes. It is ready. Here also make sure that the marunthu is a little soggy and allow standing time. Then it will be of the right consistency. Please check in between. The time may vary slightly. But the taste is the same.