To make dal, wash the tur dal and pressure cook. Remove from cooker and add slit green chillies, asafoetida and salt to it.
Mix well with water and boil again.
The dal should not be very thick.
In a small kadhai, heat oil. Add mustard seeds.
When the seeds crackle, add bits of red chillies and curry leaves.
Add this seasoning to the cooked dal. To make Rontas:
Mix rice flour and maida/wheat flour and salt .
Add enough water to make smooth dough.
Make small balls as in case of puris.
On a clean cloth, flatten these balls with the help of your fingers to form small puris.
You can dip your fingers in a little oil and then flatten the balls.
Remove the Rontas and deep fry in oil.
They should not be fried for long. They should look white in colour. Put the hot Rontas in hot dal and serve. If children are fussy about eating vegetables, you can add some vegetables while boiling dal. It can be a complete and nourishing meal for them.
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