It is a Punjabi cuisine. My Punjabi colleagues used to say, when there is no vegetable in the fridge, they go for this preparation. But whether vegetables are there or not, one can always have this dish in lunch or dinner or in lunch box with roti, paratha.
- Urad Daal /skinned pigeon eye lentil – 1 cup
- Water -1 cup
- Chopped Onion= 1/4th cup
- Grated Ginger – 1 tspn
- Grated Garlic – 1 tspn
- Coriander Powder – 1 tspn
- Cumin powder – ½ tspn
- Grounded (Kuti) red chili powder- 1 tspn
- Turmeric Powder – 1 tspn
- Cumin seed – ½ tspn
- Whole red chili – 1
- Garam masala powder – ½ tspn(Recipe here)
- Amchoor/Dry mango powder- 1 tspn
- Fresh tomato puree – 3 tblspn
- Oil – 3 tblspn
- Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing
Soak the daal for at least 2-3 hrs. Strain the water.
In a pan(preferably non stick) pour 1 cup water. Add soaked daal and ½ tspn salt. Cook it covered in low flame till the daal is soft but firm. It will take at least 20-25 mins or more depending upon the quality of daal. Check in between the water should not dry completely, otherwise the daal may stick to the pan and burn. It should be cooked and moist with little water. See in picture.
Transfer the daal in a bowl and clean the pan completely in water and wipe it with kitchen towel. Otherwise you can take a fresh pan for next steps.
Pour oil in the pan. Heat it and add whole red chili and cumin seeds. Wait till it splatter, add onion and stir fry it till lightly translucent. Add garlic, fry for another 1 min.
Add Ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder. Fry the masalas for 1 min. Add tomato.
Fry till the oil seperates.Add the daal, stir nicely and let the moisture dries up. Cook in low flame. Check the salt level.
Add, red chili powder, garam masala and required salt. Sprinkle little water so that the masalas are cooked and gets mixed up nicely with daal. You may cook it covered for ½ min.
Daal is read to serve. Sprinkle amchur powder. Transfer in serving bowl. Garnish with chopped coriander and lemon slice.
We had it with tandoori roti freshyl baked at home.
Goes well with Naan,Roti or paratha.