Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dal - arhar

Hey Vivek - this one is for u.

1 katori - dal (arhar - yellow)
3 tomotoes
1 onion (optional)
1 green chilli
1/2 inch piece of ginger
1 tbsp ghee

1 pinch hing (asoefitedia)
1/2 tsp jeera
1/2 tsp haldi
1/2 tsp dhania ppowder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder

salt - as per taste
Water - 2 katori

1/4 tsp - Amchoor
2 pinches - garam masala
Chopped coriander - for garnish.

wash and soak the dal for abt 15 minutes.
Meanwhile - puree the tomatoes and chop the onions, chillies and ginger.
In a pressure cooker, take a tbsp of ghee, when it heats up, add the hing in it. now add jeera. when the jeera splutters, add the onions, green chilli and ginger to it.Fry it for some time till the onions are translucent. Now add the pureed tomatoes. Also add all the other dry masalas (except amchoor and garam masala) and salt now, and cook this on low heat for abt 4-5 minutes. The mixture will soon start leaving the sides. Now add the soaked dal and water, and put the lid of the cooker. Put the gas stove at max temperature.
When the cooker gives out one whistle, lower the gas stove temperature - and shut off the gas after 3-4 minutes.
After the cooker cools down - open it, add the amchoor, garam masala and chopped coriander - and u r done. You can now adjust the quantity of water, salt and chillies if needed.
Enjoy this daal with steamed rice or chapattis.