Dal / Lentil is used in a lot of indian meals in so many different forms. I use it a lot for sambar these days, but sometimes like the other night for dinner, I just made some plain dal and it was just delicious.I added some okra to this because we both luv okra and its just delicious in some dal 🙂
Toor Dal – 1 cup
Tomato – 1 diced
Onion – 1 chopped
Garlic – 3 cloves
Tumeric Powder – a pinch
Asafoetida powder – a pinch
Curry leaves – 2 strangs
Dry red chillies
Salt to taste
Freshly chopped coriander
**Okra – or any vegetable like green beans or carrots if you want to add it to the dal – or you can leave the veggies out.
I first pressured cookered the dal, along with the tomatoes, a pinch of tumeric and 3 cloves of garlic. I made sure the water level was above the dal, so if you are measuring, it will be about 3 cups. I let it cook for about 3 whistles.
In the mean time heat some oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Next add the red chillies and the curry leaves. After a minute add the onions and let it cook until the onions go transparent. If you are adding any veggies, this is the time. Since I added okra, I added it at this time and let it cook for a little bit. Add the pinch of asafoetida powder at this point.
Let it cook for a litte bit and then add the cooked dal. Add some water if its too thick, and if its too watery, let it cook until it cooks down to the desired consistency. Add the required amount of salt.
Once its done, garnish it with some freshly chopped coriander if you like.
Serve it hot with some rice!