This flavorsome simple dal happens to be my children’s favorite to be had along with the rotis. It is full of goodness loaded with proteins which is a plus for people who are vegetarians and one of the best ways to add proteins into their diets and to keep you filled for a long time.
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Black Urad Dal
Red chilli powder
Garam masala powder
Ghee / Oil
Wash both the dals and soak for at least 4 hours. You can skip soaking and cook directly in pressure cooker but this might take a little more whistles. Chop the onion and tomatoes finely.
Place both the dals in a pressure cooker and add water till the dals are just covered. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cook for 4-5 whistles.
In a kadai heat ghee or oil. Add the cumin seeds, chopped onions and sauté till it turns translucent. Now add the chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and cook till the tomatoes are cooked and turn mushy.
Add this tadka to the cooked dal and simmer for 10 minutes while mashing the dal together with a wooden ladle for the flavors to merge together.
Again heat the same pan with a little ghee. Add garam masala powder and crushed kasuri methi, mix well and fry for 2 seconds and add this also to the cooking dal. Mix well and serve hot with chapatthis, phulkas or rotis.
I used broken Urad dal. You can also use whole ones.
The cooking time of the dals will depend upon its quality.
You can use ghee alone for making the Tadka for authentic taste, if you are not worried about the calories.