Lentils have been a
part of human life since time immemorial.
There are various colours of lentils available in the market – red,
green, yellow, brown and black. They
also vary in size and can be used with skin or without skin. The nutritional value of lentils is more when
it is used with skin rather than peeled.
sprouted by soaking in water for 6 – 7 hours and then keeping it moist for the
next day. You can see the sprouts. They are highly rich in proteins and in
India, we use almost all the types of lentils either it is with skin or without
skin. There are various preparations of
lentils. Each preparation differs from the other with very few ingredients but
with each preparation you can see how tasty they are. In Kerala, we have a preparation where yellow
split lentils are boiled and mixed with ground coconut and seasoned. Whereas in North, you can see the lentils
mixed with yogurt. An Indian meal is
never complete without a dal. In North dal chawal is very famous where as in
South we make Sambar (vegetables mixed with lentils).
highly fibrous; it is known to reduce cholesterol levels thereby reducing the
risk of heart diseases. Since it is
fibrous it is known to reduce the problems of constipation.
the red coloured one. Here I have used
the red coloured split lentils which is commonly called in India as the Masoor
dal. It is a dal which gets cooked fast
compared to the other ones. Green
lentils I have noticed always it takes more time to cook. But this one you don’t have to use the
pressure cooker for it. You can directly
boil water, add the washed lentils to it, allow the water to boil. Once it starts bubbling up, simmer the stove,
cover the pan with a lid and allow it to cook for around 10 minutes. Stir the
dal in between that will keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. After 10 minutes you can open the lid check
whether it is cooked properly. Then turn
off the stove.
people adding coriander leaves at the end during garnishing time. But I like the taste of coriander, so most of
the time I add a little coriander leaves along with the tomatoes which gives a
different taste to the dish. That is my
view. It is up to you whether you like
it or not. There is an event “Dish it out – lentils, legumes and
vegetables” announced by http://cooksjoy.com/blog/2013/06/dish-it-out-lentilslegumes-and-vegetables-event-announcement.html
which ends on June 30th so this is my entry for the event.
accompanied with rice or Indian wheat bread called as roti or chapatti. The preparation of dal is very simple and
starts with a boiling of the dal in water.
Right from boiling to garnishing there are various ways of doing
it. Some boil the dal in pressure cooker
while others cook it directly over the stove.
The seasoning or tempering which is added to the dal is called as chaunk
or tadka. Chaunk or tadka is a hindi word.
The oil is heated and the spices are added. The spices produces
essential oils during this process which enriches the flavour of the dish. Usually the ingredients used for seasoning are mustard, asafoetida powder,
cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, green chilly, red chilly, onion, and at times
tomatoes are also used. There are also some Konkani recipes where tamarind is
used. This nutritious lentils has gained
a widespread acceptance in almost all Asian countries.
– 1 cup
– 1 tbsp.
mustard seeds –
– 1 tsp
– 1/2 cup
garlic (chopped) – 1 tsp
– 1/2 cup
– 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
1. Chop onion, garlic and coriander leaves and keep them separately in
1. In a pan add enough water and boil masoor dal. Cook it nicely
2. In a pan heat oil, add ghee.
3. In this add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter.
4. Once the mustard starts spluttering, add the cumin seeds, it will
5. Then add the chopped onion, sauté till it turns pink. Then
add the chopped garlic sauté till the raw smell goes off.
6. To this add turmeric powder, chilly powder, salt and chopped
tomato. Fry them till they turn mushy.
7. Now add the cooked dal to this. Mix well. Boil for some
8. Garnish it with coriander leaves.
1. The lentils must be cleaned twice atleast before using.
Here I have used 2 ½ cup of water to cook 1 cup of
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