If you are a dal/ sambhar purist click away from this post.
If you soak your lentils everyday and cook it in the big 5 ltr pressure cooker with rice in the bottom pan, click away.
If you chop your tomatoes, veggies and cook them in a separate pan before adding the cooked lentils to it, click away.
If you want to cook your lentils in 30 minutes and eat them too, stay and read on.
I grew up watching my mom soak the toor dal and rice every morning in the cooker inserts. The whistle of the five liter cooker meant it was eight in the morning. As a teenager, it was my job to set the cooker and then the whistle didn’t always go off at eight.
Last year, I watched fascinated as a friend chopped some tomatoes, cooked them in her small cooker, added the soaked toor dal and turned on the lid. Lo and behold, the dal was ready in 30 minutes, steaming hot and ready to go from the cooker to the table.
It revolutionized my whole approach to making dal. Since that fateful day, I have made toor, masoor, moong (spilt and whole) and a combination of these in the cooker and the result has never disappointed me.
1/4 cup masoor
1/4 cup toor dal
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
A pinch of sugar
Cilantro for garnishing
1/2 tsp asafetida powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3-4 curry leaves, optional
1 green chili, chopped
1 tsp sambhar/ garam masal powder
Wash the two dals together in plenty of water and soak them in some water.
Heat the small pressure cooker and add half a tablespoon of oil. On medium heat add the asafetida, turmeric and the mustard seeds. As the mustard begins to pop, add the cumin, green chili, curry leaves and red chili powder.
Let the spices cook for half a minute, taking care not to burn them.
Add the tomatoes, sugar and sambhar powder. Cover and let cook till the tomatoes are mushy.
Add the soaked dals with the water, adjust salt and water, cover and cook on medium heat for three whistles.
Once the cooker cools down, open the lid and whisk the dal to a smooth consistency. Add more water if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Serve with rotis/ rice.
This of course goes off to MLLA 24 hosted by A little bit of Spain in Iowa.