Five Jewelled Dal

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the lentils

50g of urad dal (white lentils)
50g of chana dal
50g of masoor dal (red lentils)
50g of toor dal (oily/waxy lentil)
100g green moong or mung dal
1 tsp turmeric
A generous pinch of asafoetida
Salt, to season

For the spice mix

3 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
A pinch of asafoetida
1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
1 large onion, thinly sliced
6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
20g ginger, julienned
3-4 green chillies slit into halves
1/2 tsp garam masala
Juice of 1 lime
1-2 tbsp chopped coriander

For the garnish

A dollop of yoghurt
2 tbsp of ghee of clarified butter heated with 1 tsp red chilli powder and poured over the yoghurt

Wash the lentils in warm water until the water runs clear. Soak in warm water for approximately an hour then drain.

Using a heavy bottomed saucepan, add the drained lentils along with 800ml of water. Bring to the boil and remove any scum that forms.

Now add the turmeric and the asafoetida. Cover and simmer until the lentils are almost cooked then add some salt. Allow the lentils to cook completely.

Using a separate wide frying pan, heat the ghee until hot, then add the asafoetida and the cumin seeds. Once they begin to splutter, which will take a couple of seconds, add the onions. Fry until the onions start to brown at the edges.

Now add the garlic, chillies and the ginger. Continue to fry, until the whole mixture turns golden brown.

Toss the onion mixture onto the lentils along with the garam masala.

Stir in the lime juice and the chopped coriander.

Serve in bowls with a small dollop of yoghurt drizzled over the chilli butter.

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