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Author Notes: Extremely healthy, nutritious and traditional Indian lentil recipe which makes use of 5 different lentils. The consistency is that of a soup and can be eaten with rice. Very versatile and everyone can bring a new twist to it! —kulsum Kunwa
Serves 2 meals
For Boiled Dal
- 1/2 cup split and husked pigeon pea
- 1/4 cup split and husked red lentils
- 1/4 cup split and husked green fram
- 1/4 cup split and husked black gram
- 1/8 cup split and husked bengal gram
- 1 red onion (sliced)
- 2 green chillies (adjust to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste ( 2-3 cloves garlic and 1 inch ginger finely chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon red chilly powder
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black pepper
- 2 tomatoes(diced)
- Wash your lentils well. In a pressure cooker (if using, if not in a deep bottom pot) add the lentils, onions and green chillies. Fill with water. You should atleast fill it till it drowns the lentils and water comes to 2 inch above the lentils. If you want your dal thinner you can always add water later on.
- Cook the dal on medium high heat upto 3 whistles ( this could differ with different types of cookers. You need to get a hang of your pressure cooker). If you are using a pot, cover and boil till all the dals have cooked through and have started coming mushy.
- For the tempering, heat olive oil. Add black pepper, cumin seeds, ginger and garlic.
- Once the garlic looses the rawness, add the spices - turmeric, red chilly and coriander powder.
- Add the diced tomatoes. Let them cook and get all soft and saucy. Add the boiled dal to it. Add salt to taste.
- Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes, keep whisking to make sure all the dal has dissolved into the water. At this point add more water if you want to thin it out.
- Garnish with coriander and serve with rice and wedge of lemon.
- We love to serve it with rice, dahi (yogurt), papad ( Indian cracker, which is not really a cracker), acchar (Indian pickle) and onion salad!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Lentils