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Whole Masoor Dal

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Whole Masoor Dal

Nadia Boachie

Nadia Boachie

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Whole Masoor Dal

Method

Whole Masoor Dal 12 Steps

  • Step 1

    Soak your masoor dal and chana in water overnight with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Remember you can use whatever ratio you want of whole masoor dal and chana but I use a lot of masoor dal when I made this. I used roughly about 1 1/4 cups of masoor dal and 3/4 cup of chana.

  • Step 2

    In a large pot add your ghee and let melt.

  • Step 3

    Add cumin seeds and fry on medium heat until aromatic. Add your cardamom pods and your cloves.

  • Step 4

    Next add your split green chilis and fry until they begin to soften. Follow with your diced onions.

  • Step 5

    Fry your diced onions stirring constantly for about 5 minutes and add your grated ginger followed by minced garlic. Allow to cook down until all vegetables soften.

  • Step 6

    Add your diced tomatoes and cook down for about 10 minutes until softened and water begins to evaporate and content in your pot starts to resemble a paste.

  • Step 7

    Add your dry ground spices, paprika, Kashmiri, turmeric and mix well.

  • Step 8

    Rinse off your whole masoor dal and chana and mix with your tomato spice mixture. Mix well so it is properly coated.

  • Step 9

    Pour five cups of water over your whole masoor dal and chana and let simmer on low, stirring periodically.

  • Step 10

    You want to simmer for at least an hour and half so flavours really meld and come together nicely. You can simmer for longer especially because you are using whole masoor dal and chana opposed to split dal that softens quickly.

  • Step 11

    Add water as necessary so that your chana dal does not burn as it cooks. At the end of the hour and a half you want your dal to be soft, your chana to be soft and you want to be able to use the back of your spoon to lightly mash your masoor dal and chana so that it breaks down some of the starch to help thicken your dal.

  • Step 12

    Cook until desired consistency, thicker or thinner as you wish, season with salt, add garam masala and simmer for a final 5 minutes. Finally finish with a sprinkle of kasuri methi and serve with tadka.

Tadka 5 Steps

  • Step 1

    Add your ghee in a pan and heat on medium heat.

  • Step 2

    Add your dried red chilis and head until it becomes fragrant.

  • Step 3

    Make sure it does not burn because the hot chili peppers turn dark and the ghee can burn easily.

  • Step 4

    Add your Kashmiri chili powder and hinge and take off heat.

  • Step 5

    Serve on top of your hot masoor dal and chana and enjoy with naan or rice.

Tags:

Indian Recipe

Dal

Brown Lentils

Chickpeas

Masoor Dal

Whole Masoor Dal

Easy

Whole Masoor Dal

Nadia Boachie

Nadia Boachie

Instagram
Whole Masoor Dal

Yields:

Serves 6

Prep Time:

0 hours 30 mins

Inactive Time:

8 hours 0 mins

Cook Time:

2 hours 0 mins

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Ingredients

Whole Masoor Dal

  • 2 cups dried whole masoor dal and chana (brown lentils and dried chickpeas)

  • 3 tablespoons ghee

  • 5 cups water

  • 3 green chilis, split and sliced

  • 1 large tomato, diced

  • 1/2 large red onion, diced

  • 7 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2-inch piece of ginger, grated

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 3 green cardamom pods

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 2 teaspoons kasuri methi

  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

  • Chopped cilantro, to serve

Tadka

  • 3 tablespoons ghee

  • 1/8 teaspoon hinge (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 6 dried red chilis

  • 2 teaspoons kashmiri chili powder

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Method

Whole Masoor Dal 12 Steps

  • Step 1

    Soak your masoor dal and chana in water overnight with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Remember you can use whatever ratio you want of whole masoor dal and chana but I use a lot of masoor dal when I made this. I used roughly about 1 1/4 cups of masoor dal and 3/4 cup of chana.

  • Step 2

    In a large pot add your ghee and let melt.

  • Step 3

    Add cumin seeds and fry on medium heat until aromatic. Add your cardamom pods and your cloves.

  • Step 4

    Next add your split green chilis and fry until they begin to soften. Follow with your diced onions.

  • Step 5

    Fry your diced onions stirring constantly for about 5 minutes and add your grated ginger followed by minced garlic. Allow to cook down until all vegetables soften.

  • Step 6

    Add your diced tomatoes and cook down for about 10 minutes until softened and water begins to evaporate and content in your pot starts to resemble a paste.

  • Step 7

    Add your dry ground spices, paprika, Kashmiri, turmeric and mix well.

  • Step 8

    Rinse off your whole masoor dal and chana and mix with your tomato spice mixture. Mix well so it is properly coated.

  • Step 9

    Pour five cups of water over your whole masoor dal and chana and let simmer on low, stirring periodically.

  • Step 10

    You want to simmer for at least an hour and half so flavours really meld and come together nicely. You can simmer for longer especially because you are using whole masoor dal and chana opposed to split dal that softens quickly.

  • Step 11

    Add water as necessary so that your chana dal does not burn as it cooks. At the end of the hour and a half you want your dal to be soft, your chana to be soft and you want to be able to use the back of your spoon to lightly mash your masoor dal and chana so that it breaks down some of the starch to help thicken your dal.

  • Step 12

    Cook until desired consistency, thicker or thinner as you wish, season with salt, add garam masala and simmer for a final 5 minutes. Finally finish with a sprinkle of kasuri methi and serve with tadka.

Tadka 5 Steps

  • Step 1

    Add your ghee in a pan and heat on medium heat.

  • Step 2

    Add your dried red chilis and head until it becomes fragrant.

  • Step 3

    Make sure it does not burn because the hot chili peppers turn dark and the ghee can burn easily.

  • Step 4

    Add your Kashmiri chili powder and hinge and take off heat.

  • Step 5

    Serve on top of your hot masoor dal and chana and enjoy with naan or rice.

Tags:

Indian Recipe

Dal

Brown Lentils

Chickpeas

Masoor Dal

Whole Masoor Dal