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Recipe Name: Dal tadka  
 
Category: Indian Sub Category: Vegetarian

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup moong dhal, washed
  • 2 cups water

Seasoning

  • 2-3 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3-4 tablespoon finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • a small sliver of ginger, chopped, or 1/4 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of asafoetida (optional)
  • 1/2 tomatoes, chopped into 1/8ths
  • 1-2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli (hot pepper) powder
  • pinch of salt/ as per taste
 

Method:

  • Set the dhal and water in an open pot on moderate heat until quite mushy, adding water if it becomes dry and stirring occasionally. This may take 30 minutes to an hour. A pressure cooker may be used to speed up this part of the process.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seed, standing well back (they tend to crackle).
  • Add cumin seed, fenugreek, curry leaves, green chillies and onions
  • Wait for the onions to turn translucent. Add garlic and ginger, turn the heat low until the garlic changes to a darker shade. Avoid caramelizing the garlic. Add turmeric, red chilli and asafoetida powder.
  • Throw in tomatoes, wait for 2-3 minutes, letting the tomatoes fry in the hot oil. This lets the tomatoes pick the flavors from the spices and also lets the oil-spice (tadka) mixture cool down, stopping the hot frying process that has chilli powder in it. Pour in the mushy dhal, add salt to taste.
  • Simmer until the tomatoes become soft (5-10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Serve with rice or chapatis.
 
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Nutrition Facts
 
Serving Size   1/2cup
 
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value'
Total Fat  7g 15%
Saturated Fat  -
Trans Fat  -  
Cholesterol  -
Sodium  583mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate  5g 1%
Dietary Fiber   1g 3%
Sugars    
Protein   4g
Vitamin A   3%   * Vitamin C  
Calcium   2% * Iron  
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending upon your daily needs