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Gujarati Dal

This great tasting Gujarati dal is very healthy and very popular in the south part of Gujarat. This dish can be served with rice, roti and sabji. You can impress your Gujarati friends with this Gujarati Dal.
Ingredients
  Tuvar dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Also called split pigeon peas)
  Tomatoes 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
  Jaggery/Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Green chili paste 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon (Optional)
  Coriander powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Peanuts 2 Tablespoon, skinned
  Lemon juice/Tamarind paste 2 Tablespoon (If using tamarind paste use 1 teaspoon of it)
  Coriander leaves 1 Tablespoon, chopped
For tempering
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Dry whole red chilies 2 Medium
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fenugreek seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Cinnamon stick 1 Medium, 1-inch long stick (Optional)
  Curry leaves 5 Medium (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Soak 1 cup of tuvar dal in water for a couple of hours, in order to reduce the cooking time.

MAKING
2. In the pressure cooker, cook the dal along with the tomatoes for about 5 to 6 whistles of pressure release.
3. Once cooked with the help of a strainer, strain the dal into another vessel/pan. Using a spoon mash the dal and tomatoes well through the strainer.
4. Add salt to taste, ginger paste, jaggery, green chili paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, asafoetida (can be added during seasoning as well), whole peanuts and fresh lemon juice. Sprinkle some freshly chopped cilantro on top.
5. Mean while heat oil in a pan for tempering, add the whole dry red chilies to it.
6. When they brown add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and remove from the heat.
7. Then add the asafoetida, and curry leaves and add the mixture to the dal.
8. After tempering the dal and let it simmer at a very low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes to bring out the flavor.

SERVING
9. Serve warm with rice or roti.

NOTE
If using Kharek (dry dates) or tamarind or kokum fruit instead of lemon juice for the sour flavor, add the same with the tomato and boil or add the paste.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Gujarati
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Boiled
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Those of you who mostly eat Indian cuisine will find the recipe of dal very useful. In most of the house holds of India dal is prepared daily. The chef prepares the dal in gujarati style. This dish can be served with hot rice or roti. You can impress your Gujarati friends with this delicious Dal. Watch the video for the simple recipe of gujarati dal.

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