This is a staple dish for any Indian and a great way to get protein for vegetarians. I cook it on the weekend and eat it throughout the week. With these proportions one person can have either a main or side dish for several days. I'm Bengali, so I serve it with rice. If I'm in a hurry its just dal and rice, but if I'm feeling fancy I make a veggie and a fish dish as well.
Baba's Simple Masoor Dal
- 1 cup(s) Masoor Dal washed thoroughly
- 1 Onion mid sized 1/2 chopped; 1/2 sliced
- 1 Tomato chopped
- 2 tablespoon(s) cilantro leaves only
- 1 inch ginger root peeled and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) red cayenne pepper powder
- 2 whole red caynee peppers can break in half for more heat
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) tumeric powder
- 1-2 green serrano peppers sliced lengthwise, de-seeded
- 1 teaspoon(s) salt, or to taste
- 2 tablespoon(s) mustard oil, but any oil can work
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon(s) Ghee, but butter(1/2 inch) will do optional
- Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:51:46 EDT
- Subject: Re: Masoor Dal Recipe
- Dear Ilya: Practice makes perfect. Try this a few times and you will cook
- like a pro, at least where Masoor Dal is concerned. Have fun and let me
- know the result of your first try.
- Mr. Nath
- My Masoor Dal Recipe
- Masoor Dal 1 cup (washed thoroughly three or four times)
- Onion (Mid size) 1 (1/2 chopped, 1/2 sliced length-wise)
- Tomato (mid size) 1 (sliced into 1/2" pieces length-wise)
- Cillentro Leaves 2 teaspoon (chopped minus stems)
- Ginger 1 inch Fresh ginger finely chopped/ or, 1
- and 1/2 teaspoon if using Ginger paste or,
- powdered ginger
- Red Cayenne Pepper 1/2 teaspoon, if powdered/ or two dry whole ones,
- broken in half
- Turmeric Powder 1/2 teaspoon
- Green Serrano Pepper 1 - 2 sliced length-wise
- Salt 1 teaspoon or, to taste
- Mustard oil or any other oil 2 tablespoon
- Cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon
- Mustard seeds A pinch or 1/8 spoon
- Ghee/ Butter (optional) 1 teaspoon/ 1/2 inch
- Boil Masoor dal in three cups of water in medium high heat, uncovered,
- until dal is thoroughly soft (taking care that the dal doesn't dry up and
- stick to the pot). Add turmeric, tomato slices and the sliced onion, ginger,
- Serrano pepper slices and 1 to 1/2 cup more water and cover. Turn heat to
- In a separate small Skillet/ Frying pan heat oil until it nearly begins
- to smoke; turn down heat and put in cumin seeds and mustard seeds until they
- begin to crackle. Then put in the chopped onions, stir almost continually
- and fry until golden brown in medium heat (usually 5 to seven minutes).
- Turn down heat and put in the Cayenne pepper. Fry for a minute and then add
- mixture to Masoor Dal. Stir dal thoroughly. Add water to desired consistency
- (usually 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups). Add salt, cover and continue to simmer in
- low heat for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the chopped Cillentro leaves, Ghee/ Butter (optional), stir and serve
- Masoor Dal with hot Rice.
- Good Luck!!
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