Simple Chana Dal
|I like it thick, but you can thin it down and make it into a soup|
|Serve with rice/ chapattis and vegetables for a substantial meal|
These quantities easily served 6 of us as an accompaniment. If you serve it alone or just with chapattis it would probably serve 4 or 5 people.
1 1/2 cups (250ml=1 cup) chana dal
6 cups water
10 larg cherry tomatoes (4 or 5 ordinary-sized ones)
2 tsps seasalt
3 tsps turmeric (haldi)
1 tab cumin seeds
1 tab powdered coriander seed
1 heaped tsp powdered ginger (or the equivalent in fresh ginger root)
1 tsp hing
2 tabs peanut oil
- Cook the dal in the water until soft and starting to break down. I always use a pressure cooker as it's so quick and you don't need to pre-soak the dal. (Tip: don't add salt when cooking pulses as it greatly delays softening.)
- If you like, you can use a good old-fashioned potato masher to break the dal down a little further.
- At this point, if you have pressure-cooked the dal you may want to add 2 more cups of water.
- Chop the tomatoes and add to the pan with the salt and turmeric, all the while keeping it gently simmering on a low heat.
- In a small pan, heat the oil and cook the cumin seeds until they release their aroma and are just browning (be careful not to overbrown them, or the dal will taste scorched). Remove from the heat and stir in the hing, ginger and coriander.
- Add to the dal and see it sizzle!
- Continue to simmer until the tomatoes have broken down and the dal has thickened somewhat, according to your taste.
- Make sure it is served piping hot.