Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mix Dal

Dal is an Indian word for lentil. Lentils are a staple ingredient in Indian Cuisine. There are variety of preparations for these lentils and Dal is one of them. Dal is somewhere between soup and stew. Mainly the consistency depends on individual's taste. I like it little bit thick. Dal is a eaten regularly with rice or roti in India. Vegetarians get their proteins from lentils hence there are various preparations of Dal. Each lentil has it's own taste and by mix and match of lentils you get a scrumptious bowl of Dal. I have used four types of lentils in this recipe.

1/2 Cup Mix Dal/lentils(Toor, Chana, Urad and Moong)
1 small onion chopped
2 medium tomatoes chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Lime juice
Salt as per taste
Chopped fresh cilantro
For tempering
1 tsp canola oil
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
3 cloves
Pinch of asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Soak all lentils in water for about 3-4 hours. Drain lentils reserving water. Make a tempering in pressure cooker by heating oil and adding all the ingredients for tempering. Add chopped onions and fry until translucent. Next throw in chopped tomatoes and fry again until tomatoes are nice and soft. Add soaked dals/lentils along with salt, chili powder, lime juice and the reserved water. You might want to add more water depending on how much water you have used while soaking dals. So adjust the water accordingly. Let the water boil and then cover the pressure cooker with lid and give 3 whistle and turn the gas on low for 5 minutes and then shut off the gas. Once the pressure is dropped remove prepared dal in a bowl and garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro leaves and serve.
Enjoy your scrumptious bowl of Dal.

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