Thursday, October 30, 2008

Simple food - Tadka dal

Dear foodies,

Here is a simple dal recipe, its another quickie for you to be armed with when you have no veggies on hand. My mother made this one day to go with chapathi's. Pair this with a chutney or a simple steamed veggie dish if you can and it turns into a proper meal spread.

  • 3/4 cup - Moong dal/pesarapappu
  • 1/2 tsp - Turmeric
  • 1/2 cup - chopped onions
  • 1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp - Cumins seeds
  • 2 - Green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp - red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp - Dhania powder (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp - lime juice
  • 1 tsp - Oil
  • Salt to taste
  1. Wash and cook the moong dal along with the turmeric and 1 1/2 - 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker or on the stove top (use more water if needed).
  2. When the dal is nearly done, heat a pan with oil, splutter the mustard and cumin seeds, add the onions and green chillies.,suate until the onions soften and turn translucent.
  3. Add the red chilli powder ( and dhania powder) and saute for a couple more minutes before turning off the heat.
  4. Salt the dal and top it off with the tadka and lime juice (adjust to taste) and serve alongside soft, warm phulka's or rice.
This is a very basic recipe and delicious for the very same reason. The creaminess of the dal stands out and the simple tadka enhances the flavors with the lime juice perks up the whole dish.

9 thoughts:

Nags said...

comfort food at its best. love the first pic!

SMN said...

Priya ultimately comfort food is wat matters.

Alka said...

looks lovely,i m sure it tasted gr8 too
Thnks for sharing!

DEESHA said...

simple comfort food .. a quick fix meal when therez no time to cook

Mansi said...

I have a diwali dinner this saturday and I wanted to make something similar! thanks for the idea Priya:)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Oh, this is right on top of all the comfort foods list! love the bowl :)

Anonymous said...

hi priya :)
I find that dry roasting the moong dal for a couple of minutes before cooking it enhances the taste somehow.
love your blog. thanks for sharing.

Roochi said...

Hi Priya, One of the favourite dishes of my Hubby. I do not add Onions. Next time I shall try this.

Anonymous said...

can u specify if some recipes need us to soak the food stuff and for how long??? e.g. while cooking daal or dahlia, i know we need to soak the lentils but not sure for how long??

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