Monday, March 7, 2011

#85 Simply Easy Gujarati Style Masoor Dal

I love Gujarati food very much because of the subtle flavors.Some of my vegetarian favorites are pathra, Khaman dokhla and I make Undhiyo with mixed vegetables quite often. The food is so mildly flavored  that it brings out all the unique tastes, be it vegetables or dals. This is a recipe so simple and quick that it is a great way to start learning how to cook....

1  cup(s) split red gram
1  tomato chopped finely
2  tablespoons oil
1  teaspoon each of mustard and cumin seeds
1  tablespoon finely chopped ginger
2  green or red chillies slit
4  cups water
4  curry leaves
1/8  teaspoon each of asafoetida and turmeric powder
a squeeze of lemon, jaggery and salt to taste

1. Heat a pan with 1 1/2 cups water and add the pre-washed split red grams/lentils. Add turmeric powder, salt and a drop of oil to the gram along with the water in which it was soaked. Let it come to a boil and then on low level for about 20  minutes or till the gram is fully cooked.
2. Heat oil in a pan till it is hot and drop in the mustard seeds followed by the cumin seeds and then asafoetida. Fry on medium level for about 2  minute(s) till the seeds splutter. Add this to the cooked red gram and let it come to a simmer.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 10  minutes.
4. Serve with rice and dry vegetable sabzi.

1 comment:

  1. Gujarati Masoor Dal? Very interesting dish indeed :) Well done!


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