Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dal Fry


                    Dal or Lentil curry is a common everyday household food in India. It tastes best with Jeera (Cumin) Rice. After a tired long day, this is the food that gives you warmth, and relaxes you.

  • 2 Cups Toor Dal (Split Pigeon Pea)
  • 1 finely chopped Onion
  • 2 finely chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 chopped Serrano Peppers (Green Chilies)
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli-Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 4-5 Curry Leaves (Sweet Neem Leaves)
  • 2 tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala (Optional)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • Finely Chopped Cilantro for Garnish
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Wash the Toor dal properly, and boil it. I prefer to use pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles or till the dal is cooked properly.
  • Heat some oil in the pan.
  • Once the oil is heated, add asafoetida and cumin seeds
  • As soon as the cumin seeds start to crackle, add the curry leaves, chili-garlic paste and the serrano peppers
  • Saute them for a minute and then add onions
  • Add little salt and saute the onions till they turn pinkish
  • Now add the tomatoes
  • Then add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala and mix it well 
  • Let it cook for a minute and then add the boiled Dal to it and mix it
  • Add lemon juice and let it cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with either plain Rice or Jeera (Cumin) Rice

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