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Basic Dal

Basic Dal is a popular Indian Side Dish
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Side Dish
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Pressure Cook
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Serves 2


1/2 cup - masoor dal

1 - small onion, chopped

1 - medium tomato, chopped

1 - green chilli, chopped

3 - Garlic cloves, chopped

1/2 tsp - Cumin seeds

1/2 tsp - Mustard Seeds

1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder

1/2 cup - chopped fresh Coriander leaves

Salt to taste

A pinch of Asafoetida

3 or 4 tbsp - Olive oil


  1. Wash the dal and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and fry the onions to pink, followed by the cumin, mustard, garlic, asafoetida, chillies and turmeric.
  3. Fry for a minute before adding the dal.
  4. Fry well for 1-2 minutes and then add the tomatoes, salt and 1.5 cups water (enough to cover the dal in the cooker).
  5. Close the cooker and cook on high for 1 whistle.
  6. Turn off and wait till all the steam is out.
  7. Open and stir. Add water to get desired consistency.
  8. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice or roti.
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