mearl223 On September - 29 - 2011

Basic Daal

Many people who see this site, here in the US, often ask me for this recipe – a basic & easy yellow lentil curry – something they can master before stepping it up in learning Indian cusine.. so here it is!


PrepTime 5mins – Serves 4 – CookTime 20mins.




1/2 cup masoor daal (small round orange-colored lentils)
1 small onion – chopped
1 medium tomato – chopped
1 green chili – chopped
3 garlic cloves – chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds/ cumin
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
salt to taste
a pinch of asafoteida
3-4 tbsp olive oil

Cooking Instructions
Wash the daal & set aside. Heat oil in a pressure cooker & fry the onions to pink, followed by the cumin, mustard, garlic, asafoteida, chilies & turmeric. Fry for a minute before adding the daal. Fry well for 1-2 minutes & then add the tomatoes, salt & 1.5 cups water (enough to cover the daal in the cooker). Close  the cooker & cook on high for 1 whistle. Turn off & wait till all the steam is out. Open & stir; Add water to get desired consistency. Garnish with coriander & serve hot with rice or roti.

Variation: Add the juice of 1 small lime or 2 tbsp tamarind paste for extra zing!

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