How to Make Everyday Dal

Posted on Sep 15 2018 - 12:45pm by kumar

Prep Time: 30 mins 
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4 People

Ingredients for Everyday Dal :

  • Dal – 1 cup (Toor dal is commonly used but you can use any type of dal or a mix of dals each day)
  • Onion – 1 (chopped)
  • Green Chillies – 2 (chopped)
  • Tomato – 1
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro – handful finely chopped
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Dry red chillies – 2
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Garlic – 4 cloves (crushed or chopped)
  • Curry Leaves – few
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp
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How to Make Everyday Dal :

  1. Pressure cook the dal until it is nicely cooked but not mushy for about 2 whistles and keep aside. (Traditionally toor dal is used but you may use any other lentils or a combination of lentils. This will make it different in taste, texture and interesting each day.)
  2. Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and dry red chillies.
  3. Add asafoetida and turmeric powder to this.
  4. Next add finely chopped garlic cloves and fry it on low flame till it turns brown.
  5. Next add the onions and saute for a while. Add some chopped tomatoes and saute.
  6. Add the cooked dal required amount of salt and let it cook for 10 minutes till all the flavour blends. Add water as needed to your desired thickness.
  7. Add finely chopped coriander leaves, a dollop of ghee and switch off.
  8. Pressure cook the dal along with the onions, turmeric powder, green chillies, salt and tomato.
  9. Cook everything together with enough water for 2 whistles.  Note :- The normal ratio of water for a thick dal is 1:3 i.e 3 cups of water for 1 cup of dal. If you want a thinner dal, increase the amount of water.
  10. After the pressure comes down, open the cooker and add the tadka. For the tadka or tempering,  heat oil/ ghee in a pan, splutter the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add dry red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and finely chopped garlic cloves.
  11. Cook on low flame till the garlic is cooked. Add this tadka on top of the dal for flavour and as a nice garnish. Also add finely chopped cilantro .
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