Cholar dal

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Mixed Dal

Mixed Dal

Serves: 5-6

Prep time: soak Dal for 30 minutes

Total Cook time: 15-20 minutes (active cook time 10 minutes)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Chana dal or Bengal gram lentil
  • ¼ cup of fresh grated coconut (but in this recipe I used the dried coconut because it’s easily available in my local grocery store)
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp. ginger paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tbsp. mustard oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Salt and Sugar to taste

For tempering:

  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1-2 bark of cinnamon
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 3-4 cloves
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida/ Hing

Process:

  1. Add 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, transfer the soaked lentil into the cooker, sprinkle salt and turmeric powder, and put the lid on.
  2. Place the cooker on the stove over high heat and let wait for one to two whistle, remove from heat and let the pressure go down all by itself.

OR

          You can boil the lentil in an open pot. Fill a heavy-duty pot with water, add the soaked lentil, sprinkle salt and turmeric powder, and set it on the stove over high heat. When it comes to rolling boil, it will form some froth, with a help of a ladle clean all the froth, reduce the temperature, cover partially with a lid and let it boil.

  1. Lentil will be tender, but it should hold its shape.
  2. Heat some oil in a skillet, add ghee when ghee melted 1st add cumin seeds, then the rest of tempering. Give a stir to release flavour.
  3. Add Coconut, over medium heat cook for few seconds, sprinkle little bit salt just for coconut.
  4. When coconut changes its colour and releases fragrant, add boiled lentil to it, add about 1 cup of water and over high heat cook for few minutes.
  5. When everything bubbled up, add sugar, green chillies, reduce the temperature to medium-low , partially cover with lid and let it simmer for further few minutes to incorporate everything together and the Dal become little thick.
  6. Remove from heat and give 5-10 minutes standing time before serve.

Enjoy with your favourite bread.

Recipe by: Shyamali Sinha