Friday, June 1, 2012

Masoor ki Dal - Bengali Style

A very simple recipe which can be easily dished out in absolutely no time. The star of the recipe is the Panch Phoron, which lends this simple dish a very unique taste.

Serves - 4
Spice level - 3/5
Source - India's Vegetarian Cooking by Monisha Bharadwaj

What you would need -

Split Masoor Dal - 3/4 cup
Green chillies - 3 (split into halves)
Onion - 3/4 cup chopped
Dried red chillies - 2
Panch Phoron - 1tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2tbsp

Procedure -

Wash the lentils until the water runs clear. Drain them and cook them in a pressure cooker with 1 and 1/2 cups of water, turmeric, salt and green chillies.

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add red chillies and then the panch phoron. When they start to turn brown, add the onions and fry till they are translucent.

Add the cooked lentils and around 1 and 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. If required, add more water to get the desired consistency.

Serve hot with rice.

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