Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Moong Dal Tadka

Dal is an important part of any Indian meal. No matter which part of India, dal is one staple food in any household. Dal is a good source of protein for Vegetarian people. Indian meal is not complete without dal. There are variety of dal/lentils available in market and each of them has its own taste. Dal's can be made in variety of ways but basic preparation starts with boiling dals with turmeric and asafoetida(also known as hing) and add tadka/tempering on cooked dal. Now, variation can be made by adding onions, tomato, ginger, garlic or any leafy green vegetables. 
Moong dal tadka is a very simple yet scrumptious recipe that will surely make your meal complete.

Ingredients(Serves 2)
1/3 cup yellow moong dal
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of asafoetida
Chopped cilantro for garnishing
For Takda
1 tbs ghee
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 dried red chili cut in half
1/4 tsp red chili powder
Salt as per taste
2-3 garlic cloves sliced


Cook moong dal with turmeric and asafoetida in a pressure cooker using water. Give 3 whistles and shut off the gas. Moong dal cooks pretty quickly. Once the pressure drops take out the dal and mash slightly. Add salt and mix, add more water if very thick. Some people like thick consistency and some like thin dal so add water accordingly if needed. Heat the cooked dal and let it boil for couple of minutes, sprinkle chopped cilantro evenly over dal and shut off the gas. Get ingredients ready for tadka. Heat some ghee in a small pan and add cumin seeds. Once they splutter add sliced garlic and let them turn slightly brown. Next add dried red chili and chili powder as well, shut off the gas. Pour this tadka over the prepared dal and serve hot. 

Quick Tip-: For quick variation replace moong dal with toor dal or use combination of both dals. In that case use both dals in equal amount.

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