Dal (lentil) fry

I have written a recipe about dal before but this one is slightly different as this is thicker and I have used different spices.

  • ½ cup red lentils
  • ½ cup  brown lentils
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger crushed
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon methi, crushed
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • In a pressure cooker, pour all lentils and add 1 teaspoon salt, a pinch of turmeric powder and add 2 cups water.
  • Cook for 15 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • When cooked, the lentils should be soft. Lightly mash and keep aside.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon ghee and add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamoms and bay leaf to the pan and sauté them till they crackle and become fragrant.

  • Add turmeric powder, ginger garlic and fry for a few minutes.
  • Now add the chopped onions and fry till the onions turn light golden brown.

  • Add chilli and methi and stir for a minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes; stir and sauté till the tomatoes soften.

  • Now add chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and mix with the rest of the onion-tomato masala.

  • Add the cooked dal and mix well.

  • Add water and stir very well and season with salt as required.

  • Simmer the dal on a low flame till the dal thickens a bit. Keep on stirring the dal at intervals so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • When the dal is done, switch off the flame, add chopped coriander leaves .

Take care and have a great weekend.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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17 responses to “Dal (lentil) fry

  1. I asked if you needed to put water with the beans in a previous comment, which I don’t know whether it got published. Stupid question because I see that you have mentioned it there!

    Pressure cookers terrify me! How many servings can a cup of beans be? Especially red kidney beans.

  2. When you’re cooking the beans in the pressure cooker at the first, do you need water? I’m really afraid of pressure cookers and have always put aside attempting to cook daal or beans.

    Other than that, thank you for the recipe. I hope I can try it soon!

  3. Wow this made me sooooo hungry sooo fast! 😀 😀

  4. vaidehiyoutube

    looks yummmy… I make daal all the time

  5. I love daal I’ll have to try your recipe it looks amazing!! 😍😍😍

  6. I’ve never had dal cooked this way. It’s like dal cooked like tarkari 😃

  7. I always look forward to your posts. I always feel good to see how Indian and Nepali culture are so similar..

  8. yummy! i like the new header, did you do a photoshoot? i hope you write a post about it and share more pics of your trip 🙂

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