I have so many things I want to share, and lots of catching up to do. Please bear with me. Today, I’m sharing with you the comforting and simple tomato dal. One thing I must tell you is I never measure. I’ve been trying to measure some things so I can write the recipes properly, but with spices, I just approximate. Just so you know, it is not exact… but thats what’s fun about cooking! You can always personalize to your own taste. 🙂
Here is what I did:
- 1/2c moong dal (or masoor)
- 2-3c water
- 1/4t turmeric
- ghee or oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- few curry leaves
- hing- a pinch
- 2 green chilies sliced lengthwise
- 1 dried red chili broken, or 1/2t red chili powder
- 1/2 red onion or 1 shallot diced (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves grated
- 1 inch ginger grated
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- coriander leaves
- squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
Wash the dal and put into a pot with the water and the turmeric. Boil for 20-30 mins, stirring occasionally, and try to break up the dal.
In a small pan, heat ghee or oil, when hot add the cumin seeds, then the curry leaves, then hing, then green chillies and red chilies if using. Stir around then add the onion (if using- and cook until they are soft,) Then only add the ginger and garlic, otherwise it will stick to the pan! Once the delicious scent of ginger-garlic wafts into the air, (just a few seconds) add the tomato. I’ve heard its better if you squish them with your hand before adding, but I don’t bother with that. Now add salt and chili powder. Always add salt after the tomato so that it draws out the water and softens the tomato.. ‘wink’. Cover for a few minutes, then mash the tomato fully. Once its cooked properly you will see oil at the edges of the mashed tomato mixture.
Add to the dal and continue to boil for 5 minutes. Add the coriander leaves (cilantro) and lemon juice – if using. Only add lemon juice after you switch off the heat because sometimes lemon turns bitter when boiled. I’m full of tips today, lol.
Serve this with rice or chapathi and a dry veggie side/subji/palya such as aloo gobi – coming soon!