Dal is very popular north Indian dish served with hot plain steamed rice or Jeera rice. Simple and protein rich dal curry is a tasty vegetarian companion.
Toor dal is also sometimes referred to as lentils or split pigeon peas. This traditional Indian dish is often served with rich spices over rice and is a staple in many Indian restaurants and households. Toor dal is a member of the legume family, and this meal is not only delicious, it also has a number of health benefits.
Ingredients : serves 3 person
Toor dal-1/2 cup 100gms
Onion-1 medium size, finely chopped
Garlic 3 pods, crushed
Tomato medium size chopped
Curry leaves-1 twig
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves chopped – 2 tsp
Butter or ghee 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Red chilli-1 or 2
Wash and boil toor dal in the pressure cooker for 2 to 3 whistles so as to get well cooked to mash it. If you don’t mind boil dal with coconut milk or add 1/4 cup of coconut milk after cooking dal to enhance the flavour.
when the steam releases mash it to a smooth consistency.
Heat butter or ghee, add ‘To temper’ ingredients to splutter.
Add asafoetida, curry leaves and chopped onion, stir it well for 1 minute and add chopped tomatoes, saute until it leaves its skin.
Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt mix well, add some water and mashed dal allow it to boil for 2 to 3 minutes in low flame.
Finally, add crushed garlic and coriander leaves, switch off the flame.