13 September 2007

More Dal, please

Dal, wonderful dal. It's something we take so much for granted. I've ranted about how this wonderful dish is not given it's due. Recently, we had some of A's colleagues over for lunch. After I'd finished cooking, I suddenly wondered if most things would be too spicy for my guests' palates. I thought it'd be prudent to make some dal. Just in case.

At lunch, my husband simply ignored other fancy stuff and kept helping himself to dal. So did my daughter. Out guests were quite surprised about how a simple process like tadka (tempering) could infuse a plain dish with so much subtle flavour. And seperating the tempering did make it look a little fancy too.

Basic Dal

1 cup moong dal (washed and cooked with salt and turmeric)
1 tsp ghee
1 pinch hing
2 (or more) dry red chillis
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander

Heat ghee.
Quickly saute the chillis, remove from ghee and add to dal.
Add the cumin seeds, and let them brown. Add hing. Remove cumin from ghee and add to dal.
Add mustard seeds to the ghee, and after they splutter, add them to the dal along with the remaining ghee.
Add chopped coriander for garnish.
Stir well before serving.
Serve hot.


Raaga said...

Dal does take in the flavours of a simple tadka :-) and that's a beautiful pic :-)

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Asha said...

For me too please!!:)) Looks yum!
Loved the lunch boxes too.

Suganya said...

Lovely pic and idea.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

I add a squeeze of lemon to this at the end too. Its such a good easy daal huh! Another variation one of my friends taught me is to add tomato, and another person I know adds garlic to this.


Pooja V said...

dal looks delicious..simple an dfull of flavours. Loved it !

Vidya said...

Thanks Raaga, Asha, Suganya and Pooja!
Kanch, yes, I'll try lemon next time. Sounds lovely.

hema said...

i am also going to try the dal with all the combinations of tadka