Friday, February 8

Whole Lentil Dal

I purchased whole lentils in local groceries store quite a long back. I kept them aside not knowing what to do with them. I was not sure how would they taste. Finally, I dared to cook them the indian way and to my surprise they tasted excellent. I learned making this dal from one of my colleague's wife who happened to stay with me in Srilanka. I usually cook this with red lentils(masoor dal) that I buy in Indian stores. It is a great combination with soft phulkas or with hot hot basmati rice.

Here is the recipe:

3/4 cup whole lentils
1 small onion
1 medium tomato
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp coriander cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
3 green chillies finely chopped
2 tsp oil
Salt as per taste
1 tbsp chopped cilantro

1. Wash thoroughly and pressure cook lentils with enough water and turmeric.

2. In a pan heat oil and add cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering, add ginger, garlic, green chillies and let them turn golden brown color.

3. Add onion and saute until they are translucent and then add coriander cumin powder. Mix it well and then add tomato and cook until tomato is nicely cooked.

4. Now add the cooked dal, salt and chopped cilantro and cook for about 10 minutes until everything is blended well and dal is nicely cooked.

5. Squeeze a lime juice and garnish with little more chopped cilantro and serve with soft phulkas. Enjoy.

Sending this to Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook for her event My Legume Love Affair.


Susan said...

Whole brown lentils are the standard lentil used in American kitchens. You have lent a beautiful slant on them.

Thanks for joining in, Hima!

Asha said...

Beautiful wholesome dish!:)

Happy cook said...

I've never cooked whole lentils.
The curry looks delicious.

Richa said...

whole masoor tastes very good, nice one Hima!

DK said...

So healthy and tasty gravy. Am sure that it wud have gone v well with phulkas/rotis' :)

Rajitha said...

the dal looks so comforting hima :)

Pooja V said...

This is so perfect...great to taste, gorgeous looking and most important of all..v healthy.

Namratha said...

Looks delicious Hima, lentils are so tasty aren't they?!

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