This is a very simple but very good that my mother makes.
Dhal can be cooked with different seasoning to make a dish by same name in India. Dhal should washed first in plenty of water to remove the dust and debris. In this recipe I used Toor dhal flat and golden and pleasant flavor do not use the oiled verities .
Have with steamed basmati rice
Heat one tsp of oil in a heavy pan add the crushed ingredients cook till caramel colour reduce flame add turmeric ,chili flake and curry leaf(optional)
Add the cooked lentils mixture and add salt to taste.
Garnish with chopped cilantro
( A knob of butter or a tsp of ghee added to the prepared dhal curry give a rich flavor)I've found a place online which is sending coconut oil, mustard seeds and even fresh curry leaves in USA http://www.thokalath.com/india_grocery_store.php