07.4.11

Masoor Dal Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups masoor dal
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 onions, chopped
1 head garlic, separated, chopped
1 (1-inch piece) ginger root, chopped
2 jalapeno chiles, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch coriander, chopped
Water
Preparation:
  • Rinse massor dhal thoroughly, until water is clear. In pot bring 1 quart water to boil. Add massor daal.
  • Cook half way, about 10 to 15 minutes, add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and salt. As massor dhal cooks, uncovered, water will evaporate and mixture will thicken.
  • Add more water to keep dal loose, like texture of thick cream. When dal is soft, turn off heat. Heat oil in wok. When oil is very hot, add onions and cook until tender and translucent but not browned.
  • Add garlic, ginger and chiles. Continue to fry until onions are deep-yellow. Add remaining 1 teaspoon each garam masala and turmeric.
  • Do not allow spices to burn. Keep stirring until mixture starts to stick. Add tomatoes and cilantro. Cook until tomato softens.
  • Pour in pot of masoor dal and simmer to blend flavors. Taste and add more salt if needed.

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07.4.11

Arhar Dal Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup Split Red Lentil (Masoor Dal)
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
1 tsp Cumin Seed Powder (Jeera)
2 Green Chilli (Hari mirch)
2 Dry Red Chily (Saboot Lal Mirchi)
1 tsp chopped Ginger (Adrak)
2 Bay Leaf (Tej Patta)
10 gms Mixed Spices (onion seeds,fenugreek seeds,aniseeds,cuminseeds and mustard seeds) 2 tblsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
How to make arhar dal:
  • Wash the dal and cook the dal in a sauteuse with the turmeric, salt and the sugar over a medium flame.
  • Add half of the ginger to the dal along with the cumin powder.
  • When the dal is cooked and thick remove from the fire.
  • Heat the ghee in a pan and add the mixed spices,(a little of onion seeds, fenugreek seeds , aniseeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds all mixed together).
  • When the mustard seeds crackle add the bay leaf, remaining chopped ginger , slit green chilliesand the broken red chillies. fry for 2 minutes and pour over the dal.mix thoroughly. serve hot.

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