Dal maharani (Sookhi Dal Urad)

Split skinless black gram cooked dry with onions, tomatoes and spices.

Preparation time: 20 minutes + soaking time
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4
Recipe ingredients:
1 cup split skinless black gram (Dhuli urad dal)
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch asafetida
1 medium onion sliced fine
2 tomatoes, chopped
2-3 green chilies slit lengthwise
1tbsp ginger juliennes
1tbsp Chopped coriander
1tsp red chili powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
3tbsp vegetable oil
1tbsp lemon juice
 
Recipe method:
Wash and soak the dal for 1 hour. Boil the dal with 3 cups water, salt, half the ginger, turmeric powder and 1tsp oil till cooked but the grains should remain separate and the dal should not turn mushy at all. Drain the excess water and reserve.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add the asafetida and the cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds begin to crackle, add the onions. Sauté the onions till golden in colour. Add the red chili powder, garam masala powder, tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are slightly tender. Add the remaining ginger, slit green chilies and mix well.
Add the cooked dal and mix well. Remove from fire. Add the lemon juice and the chopped coriander and serve hot.

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