I had an apple tree in front of the house we were renting 4-5 year ago. That fall we had a bounty of apples. So I made apple sauce and still had apples left. My mother and MIL suggested make apple dal. The sweetness of apples really goes well with the pungent kick of mustard. —mandirab
Peel and dice the apples into medium cubes and mix it with half the lemon juice. Set it aside for 10-15 mins. Cook the dal with some salt and a pinch of turmeric and 2 1/2 cups water on medium heat and covered for 10-15 min till it turns soft.
Heat oil and temper it with asafoetida, and mustard seeds. Then add in the green chiles, and ginger. Cook for a minute.
Add the turmeric, cumin powder and mustard powder. Then add in the apples and let it cook on simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then add in the cooked toor dal, 1 - 1 1/2 cup water and let it cook for another 4-5 till the apples turns soft but not mushy.
Garnish with cilantro (optional) and add the rest of fresh lemon juice and serve warm with rice.