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Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Yield
4
Marcus Nilsson

How to Make It

Step 1

In a medium saucepan, cover the pigeon peas with water and let soak for 30 minutes. Drain the pigeon peas well.

Step 2

Return the pigeon peas to the saucepan. Add the halved jalapeño, 1/2 teaspoon of the turmeric, 4 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the peas are just tender, but not falling apart, about 15 minutes. Discard the jalapeño halves.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the cumin seeds and cook over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and minced jalapeño and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the onion is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric along with the tomatoes and cayenne and cook over moderately low heat until the liquid has evaporated and the tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes longer.

Step 4

Add the pigeon peas and their cooking liquid to the tomato mixture and simmer until the dal is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in the butter and cilantro and serve with rice and warm naan.

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