Masala Masoor dal

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How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 3

Masoor dal is more common in North India  and in fact was not at all available in the south for a long time. Masoor dal is orangish-pink in colour but turns yellow when cooked. I borrowed this masala masoor dal recipe from my daughter-in-law – she had made it for lunch and both of us loved it. I add some spinach as a variation whenever possible.

What you need to have:

1. Masoor dal – 1/2 cup

2. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

3. Chopped onion – 1/3 cup

4. Chopped tomato – 1/4 cup

5. Ginger – 1/2 ” piece

6. Garlic pods -2-3

7. Green chili – 1-2(depending upon the spiciness)

8. chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon

9. turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

10. Garam masala powder – 1/3 teaspoon

11. salt – as per taste

12 . Cooking oil – 2 teaspopons

13. chopped cilantro – 1 tablespoon

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                                                                                           Ingredients of masala masoor dal

What you do with what you have:

1. Cook dal as usual in the cooker for about 20 minutes till soft.

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                                                                                                                  Cooked Masoor dal

2. Place a wide skillet with 2 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on low/medium flame.  On heating add cumin seeds to it. When it splutters, add chopped green chili and also chopped garlic and ginger and fry till done.

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                                                                                                      Seasoning in progress

3. Add chopped tomatoes and onions together with required quantity of salt to it.                                                               

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                                                                                             Chopped tomato & onions being fried

4. Fry till done and add all the powders mentioned above stirring throughout.

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                                                                                                                Add all powders

5. Finally add cooked dal from step 2 to it and bring it to the required consistency by adding water in steps checking for salt and bringing it to boil.                                                                        

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                                                                                    Cooked masoor dal being added to the seasoning

6. Thats it. Garnish it with chopped cilantro and I thought its best enjoyed with rice.

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                                                          Ready to serve masala masoor dal  garnished with chopped cilantro  

Good to remember: 

1. Dal should be cooked to fine consistency for best results.

2. One can even add 1/2 cup cooked palak for a variation.

3. This can be a side dish for rotis too.

 

2 thoughts on “Masala Masoor dal

    Laxmi said:
    February 4, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Mataji, just letting u know that you forgot to list the cumin in this recipe!!!
    Very tasty !!
    Thank You Laxmi

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hi Laxmi,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Also let me thank you for ur alertness too!!!!!!!!

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