Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quick and easy dal

On days when i make a sabji with roti and am sure that it would not be enough, this is a kind of recipe that i turn to- a nice, hot dal. It is something that is easy to stir up, tastes great and goes well with the rotis too.  I normally dunk into it any kind of vegetable that i have in stock- to make sure that it is not just plain dal with a tadka but is also packed with some nutrition. Same goes with the dal- can be toor dal, moong dal or masoor dal.
Today, i just added onions, tomatoes and some pudina leaves to it. Here is how i made it.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time :      20 mins


Onions             1 big, chopped
Tomatoes         2 small, chopped
Green Chilles    2, slit lengthwise
Ginger              1 inch, finely chopped
Garlic               a few pods, sliced
Mint leaves       about 10 leaves, chopped
Groundnuts       a few,  Optional, i add it for the nutty taste
Toor Da+Moong dal          1 cup
Lemon Juice      from half a lime
Salt                   to taste

For the Tadka:
Oil                     1 tbsp
Mustard Seeds  1 tsp
Jeera                 1 tsp
Hing                  a pinch
Turmeric            a pinch

I make it directly in the pressure cooker. Heat a tbs of oil in the cooker. When it is sufficiently hot, add to it mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering, add in the jeera and hing. After a minute, add to this the rest of the ingredients except the tomatoes, dal and lemon juice. Allow it to fry for a few minutes.
 Then add the tomatoes. Wash the dal and add it after the tomatoes start turning squishy. Add water just to cover the dal up in the cooker. Close and leave it on low flame until two whistles.

Once the pressure reduces, check the dal. Mash it well with a ladle. Adjust the salt and top it off with some lemon juice. The mint leaves add a fresh taste to it. So there is no need to add coriander leaves as a garnish.
Add a dollop of butter on top and serve hot with rotis!

 Feel free to add any vegetable of your choice and make a nutritious, healthy and heart warming dal. 

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