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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Masoor dal - red lentil



4 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3/4 cup of chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped green chili or to taste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup chopped tomato
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 cup masoor dal
2 cups water
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of salt or to taste

Heat 4 tablespoon of oil.  When hot add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, when mustard seeds crackle add chopped onion and saute till onions are brown.  Add ginger and green chili saute for a few seconds add turmeric powder and red chili powder mix add tomato.  When the tomatoes are cooked add garam masala stir add the washed dal and water.  Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the dal is cooked.  Add salt and lemon juice mix and turn the heat off.  Garnish with cilantro leaves.   Serves 4.

Served with rice or chapati.  Masoor dal cooks very fast.  Theses dals are red lentils without skin.  This is the perfect dal for days you feel like eating light.

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