Missing home and want to comfort your soul ?
Got 20 minutes to put together a meal ?
Feel like eating something light yet nourishing ?
If your answer was yes, make this simple home style dal.
The silky smooth dal is a perfect accompaniment to some jeera rice. Serve with a side of cucumber raita, papad and pickle to make it a complete meal.
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
1/2 cup masoor cup
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp rice bran oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 onion finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
2 tsp coriander finely chopped for garnish
2 dried red chillies broken
1 tsp butter (optional)
Salt to taste
Wash the dal with several changes of water.
Pressure cook the dal with water and some salt. It should get done in 3 whistles.
Uncover the lid and whisk the dal until smooth. Add a dollop of butter and whisk the dal lightly, this gives the dal a buttery sheen.
In a pan, heat some oil. Once hot, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and red chillies.
Allow it to sizzle for a while and then add the onions, cook until translucent.
Add tomatoes and all spices, cook for a few minutes and add the dal to the mixture.
Add little water if the consistency is not as you prefer. Allow it to simmer for another minute or so.
You can add kasuri methi to the dal to make it fragrant.
This time around I added chopped coriander instead of kasuri methi. Take it off heat and serve with fluffy basmati rice or rotis.
Until next time, happy cooking!