Black lentil dal

    4 hours 55 min

    This dal uses split black lentils ans is somewhat thicker and heavier than other dals. It's perfect when eaten on a very cold day. Serve with chapattis and a side salad.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 225g split black lentils (urad dal)
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4 green chillies, cut into large chunks
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 250ml water
    • salt to taste
    • 1 large tomato, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:4hr soaking  ›  Ready in:4hr55min 

    1. Place the lentils into a large container and cover with several centimetres of cold water; let soak 4 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.
    2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat; cook the onion, green chillies, garlic and ginger in the hot oil until the onions are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the lentils into the onion mixture with 250ml water; season with salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir the tomato, garam masala and turmeric into the mixture. Cook until the lentils are cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Garnish with the coriander to serve.

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    This was absolutely delicious! Even my picky eaters loved it. My only change was to use two hungarian green peppers (less hot than other peppers) because my girls don't like it too spicy. I also made my own Garam Masala blend (2 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoon black pepper, 3 teaspoon ground cumin, 3 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cloves). Mix those well and use amount called for in recipe.  -  21 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This dal tastes better if you add 2tbsps of curd and 1 tbsp of cream to it.serve it with plain paratha or simple pea pulav. chhaya[cstopre]  -  03 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We enjoyed this. I also tried it with the 2 tbsp curd (yogurt in my case) and 1 tbsp cream suggested by the other reviewer and they added a nice creaminess to the lentils.  -  14 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)