1 small cabbage
1/2 cup toor dal
2 cups water or enough to cook the dal
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon minced ginger
3 or 4 green chilies to taste
a few cilantro leaves
a few curry leaves
a pinch of asafoetida
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Preparation: Wash and cook the toor dal in water on medium heat. While the dal is cooking prepare the cabbage.
Remove and discard couple of the outer peel of the cabbage, and cut the cabbage into small bits. Discard the stem. If you like you can shred the cabbage in a food processor. When done keep it aside for cooking.
To cook the cabbage, to a pan on medium heat with 2 tablespoon on oil, add the mustard seeds and wait for the mustard seeds to pop.
When the mustard seeds pop add the green chili, ginger, asafoetida, curry leaves, cilantro leaves one after the other and saute for 10 seconds after each addition. Next add the chopped cabbage, turmeric powder, peanuts, mix and cook covered for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked. The cabbage should still retain some of its crunchiness. After the cabbage is cooked add the cooked dal, salt and mix. Add the lemon juice mix and serve.