Masoor dal tarkewali

Masoor dal tarkewali

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Spice Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

Lentils are an important part of the Indian meal. They are a great leveller and comfort food for both the street dweller and the millionaire in the penthouse. The split red lentils (masoor dal) used in this recipe are similar to the red lentils found in supermarkets – they do not need soaking and are easy to cook. They are also very easy to digest, and in fact, in India the cooking water from split red lentils is cooled and given to babies as a substitute for milk. Eat with steamed rice or homemade Indian bread such as Chapattis, and accompany with meat and vegetable dishes.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g split red lentils or red lentils, washed and drained
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1/2 small onion, sliced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2-1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Tempering

Quantity Ingredient
60g Ghee
or salted butter
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 onion, sliced
1 whole dried red chilli
pinch chilli powder
2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
Chapattis, or other homemade Indian bread
or Steamed or boiled rice

Method

  1. Put the lentils, ginger, garlic, onion and turmeric, along with 750 ml water in a large saucepan and stir to combine. Cook uncovered over a medium heat for about 45 minutes, or until the lentils are well cooked and disintegrating to form a purée. Stir in the salt.
  2. To make the tempering, heat the ghee or butter in a small frying pan over a high heat. Cook the cumin seeds, onion, dried red chilli and chilli powder, stirring occasionally, for about 6–8 minutes, or until the onion is golden brown. Stir in the coriander and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Pour the tempering over the cooked dal and serve immediately.
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