Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tomato Dal

My friend brings this dish quite often and it is mouth-wateringly delicious. It is an amazing way to transform the simple dal.
Tomato Dal with rotis in my newly acquired soup bowls
Ingredients :

  1. 1/2 cup toor dal
  2. 2 tbsp masoor dal
  3. 2 large tomatoes
  4. A tiny piece of tamarind
  5. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 1 tsp oil
  8. 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  9. 1/2 tsp cumin/jeera seeds
  10. 2 tbsp chopped onions
  11. 2 pods of garlic crushed
  12. A pinch of hing/asafoetida
How I made it :
  1. Pick, wash and soak the toor and masoor dal for ten minutes.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add the dal, sufficient water, tomatoes chopped, tamarind, salt and turmeric powder.
  3. Let this boil for one whistle on high and about 4-5 whistles on low.
  4. When pressure releases, heat one tsp oil.
  5. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  6. When the mustard stops spluttering, add the onions and garlic.Fry till onions are translucent.
  7. Mix the dals well and add to the tadka. 
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.
We had it with rotis and stuffed capsicum. This recipe is a definite keeper. You can avoid the tamarind, if you don't like the sourness it imparts.