Basic Dal Recipe

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Total Time:
45-60 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Cuisine: Indian Recipe
Technique: Stewed Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 100 gms - Dal/lentils
  • 3 cups - water
  • 2 - Carrots diced (optional)
  • 1 Tomato diced
  • 1 Onion (sliced or chopped)
  • Seasoning: 3/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp - Chilli powder
  • Salt according to taste
  • Tempering: 1/4 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp - Jeera seeds
  • 2-3 Dry red chillies
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp - Ghee
  • 1 tbsp - oil
  • 1/4 tsp - Asafoetida
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • Garlic small piece (finely chopped)
  • Garnish: Coriander, finely chopped
  • Accompaniments: Steamed rice
  • Roti

How to Make Basic Dal Recipe

  • Pressure cook the dal with the tomato and carrot.
  • Once soft and cooked to a mushy consistency, set aside.
  • In a heavy bottom wok, add some oil and ghee and heat.
  • Add the mustard seed, jeera seeds, dry chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Once you get the aroma, add the ginger and garlic and saute.
  • Add the onions and saute till golden brown.
  • Once brown, add the spice powders and mix well, While doing so, turn down the heat to prevent the spices from burning.
  • Add the dal to the tempered ingredients and mix well.
  • This simple and easy to make dal is ready to be served. Garnish with chopped coriander on a bed of steamed rice with an additional swirl of ghee.