About this recipe:A fantastic recipe for an authentic Indian dal. I actually learnt this in the kitchen of this lovely Indian woman!
500g dried moong dal or yellow split peas
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh root ginger
1 teaspoon diced green chilli
100g diced tomatoes
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1/2 dried red chilli
1 pinch asafoetida
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
Method Prep:30min › Cook:30min › Ready in:1hr
Rinse dal or split peas; soak in water for 30 minutes.
Heat dal and water, with salt, until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until tender and thickened. Add more water, if necessary, to prevent drying out. To the cooked dal add ginger, green chilli, tomato, lemon juice and turmeric.
Heat oil in a small saucepan and add cumin seed and red chilli. When chilli is heated add asafoetida and garlic. Stir mixture into dal and add coriander; mix well.
Sorry, but there is nowhere near enough water in this recipe and 20 minutes is much too short a time to cook the dal. It is possible that I used closer to a litre of water, but I cannot say as, of course, i did not measure it. next time i will. it takes closer to 40 minutes than 20. - 14 Oct 2009