Sunday 30 September 2012

Lentils (Dal)

Lentils or Dal as we refer to it at home is such a comforting food..Trying to follow in my dear mothers footsteps,who always prepared dal everyday quoting",dal helps children grow",this recipe though is my aunts,(Chachi) from my fathers side,who in spite of her tiny diminutive appearance was a powerhouse in the kitchen....Born and brought up in Pakistan,she taught me this dal,which is so simple and easy to make and delicious with both roti`s and rice... I do try to make it at least once a week.... 


1 cup moong dal (green grams)the yellow variety...
1 big onion sliced absolutely fine
1 big tomato just slit on top but not all the way through,the objective here is to keep the tomato whole...
2 slit green chillies
1/2 tsp ginger and garlic paste (2:1)ratio
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
A pinch of red chillie powder or even better yellow chillie powder
A few sprigs of coriander leaves cleaned
4 tbs oil
salt to taste

Method :

Take a heavy bottom vessel with lid and add all the ingredients except the oil and onions...add 2 cups water and allow it to cook covered gently stirring the dal occasionally without mashing the dal or the tomato....once the water has drained,check to see if dal has should remain whole,but at the same time should have cooked...this dal should remain  thick ,depending on your requirement for the day you could add some more water to make it a little less thick as i have shown in the photo....Remove the tomato and take it of the fire...In a pan heat oil and add the thinly sliced onions in batches...fry till crisp and brown..remove,drain excess oil ...just before serving the dal,add the browned onions to the dish and serve with wedges of lemon...

Some points to remember when your making dal,always pre soak them in enough water (a little more than double) and cook the dal in the same not discard the water....use organic dal as much as possible...lessen the volume of dal if using organic...always remove the scum which forms on top...Enjoy  this dal,its healthy,nutritious and and packed with proteins...Remember to share your food and serve with love and kindness....

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