Monday, 3 December 2012

Dal Turai

A simple, everyday, dal recipe.

What you'll need..
  • 1 Medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Large tomato, chopped
  • 1 Turai, peeled and chopped (Ridge gourd)
  • 1 Cup chana dal, soaked in water for 20 mins (Split bengal gram)
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chillies, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp chilli powder
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
How to..
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and wait for them to splutter.
  • Add the onion and fry till it turns translucent in color. 
  • Add the turai and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tomato, green chillies, turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Discard the soaking water and add chana dal along with 2 cups of water. Mix well and cover with the lid. Pressure cook on high till you hear the first whistle and then simmer on low for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once all the steam inside has cooled off, open the lid and mash some of the dal with a potato masher to make the gravy thicker. Garnish with cilantro leaves, mix well and serve hot with rice.
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