Masoor Dhal

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Masoor Dhal

For a meal that's both light and comforting, what's better than a simple dhal and roti ? Especially on a cool sunny day, a bowl of dhal and warm soft rotis/chappatis is perfectly filling. I have been using Masoor dhal lately and loved this dhal recipe which is simple, satisfying and filling. Masoor dhal is not very common in Tamil cuisine and I have seen my mother try it out once after her north Indian neighbor gave her a recipe.  I felt it had a different taste, perfect to make a simple yet great tasting gravy for chappati.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup dhal
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  3. 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  4. 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chillies
  5. 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  6. 2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic 
  7. 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder 
  9. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 
  10. 1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi
  11. salt to taste 
For seasoning
  1. 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  2. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  3. 2 red chillies
  4. few finely chopped curry leaves
  5. 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
Procedure:
  1. Pressure cook the masoor dal with turmeric powder and a cup of water for upto 2 whistles. Once cooked mash dal lightly and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai/pan, add mustard and let them splutter. Now add the cumin seeds, red chillis and asafoetida , immediately add green chilli, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and sauté well. To this add onions and sauté until the onions turn soft.
  3. Add  coriander powder, chilli powder and salt. Immediately add the tomatoes so as not to burn the powders. Sauté well  until the oil starts to seperate or the tomatoes turn soft and becomes a thick masala. To the masala add a cup of water and allow it to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Finally add the cooked dhal and allow to combine well.Switch the heat off and add the kasuri methi.
Serve hot with chappatis/rotis.  

36 comments:

  1. Looks scrumptious, so nice to dip the Chapatis in. Slurp!

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  2. yes, this is perfect comfort food.

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  3. really delicious combo..i like the dal tomato combination..really a tasty curry we can prepare with these combo..the masoor dal tomato curry looks delicious simple and yummy one

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  4. Looks a perfect curry...havent try it..urs look tempting!

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  5. looks bful and delcious dear..awesome color..pls collect ur award from my blog

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  6. SUch a comforting bowl of dal, looks super prefect!

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  7. i can have dal any time any day..nice pic...

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  8. mmm. looks simply superb. Yum!!

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  9. I love that platter...looks so filling and yumm:)

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  10. Nice and delicious daal.Nicely presented platter.

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  11. Love it, this is the best comforting food, specially if you have been eating outside for a while, nothing is better than as simple as roti and dal. Wonderful click :)

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  12. Ohh u soo right...nothing like dal rice...simply superb.

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  13. verytrue..not much in tamil cuisine, but now I make this quite frequently..I have also started using the whole masoor dal..

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  14. Wonderful photography,i too love masoor dal,make a similar way,love it!

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  15. Simple yet delicious...yummy platter and the pic is so nice

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  16. we Bengalis eat a lot of this dal which is soupy in consistency. this one looks lovely for rotis. thick and spicy. love the tomatoes in it.

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  17. Looks delicious and tempting too..
    Great shot

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  18. delicious dhal.I like to make sambhar with Masoor dhal sometime.
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  19. What a coincidence Cilantro! I have started using a mix of masoor and toor dal since it is easier to digest not to mention yummy. I usually do the tadka directly in the cooker and then add dal and pressure cook it. But that is my lazy self. I am aware that the way you make alters the taste and takes it to a new level. :)

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  20. I agree with you on the comforting part - when I'm home tired after a long day - I'd love to just have rotis and daal. Looks beautiful!

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  21. So nice. Simple and hearty. I have never added Kasuri Methi in masoor dal. The thought intrigues me.

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  22. That thali looks so comforting..

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  23. Firstly awesome looking thali!! comfort food!! U have a great looking space here:)

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  24. Hey thats a yummy one....first time to ur blog and loved the first click itself....good wrk....
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  25. I use masoor dal often in my cooking..it is delicious dal...lovely prep!

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  26. masoor dal is my favorite of all dals. thanks for the new kind of recipe. never used K. Methi while making masoor dal.

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