I had used the pictures of this recipe for one of my photography series posts – angles in food photography. Like I mentioned in that post, sometimes the simplest of dishes can make a great meal, like we enjoyed that weekend. I just wanted to jot down the recipe here for those of you looking for a comforting bowl of yellow dal for your dal chawal.
Yellow Dal / Dal Tadka / Dal Fry / How to Make Dal
Ingredients for Dal Tadka:Toor dal – 1 cup(you can also use masoor dal / red lentils)Tomato – 1, cubedTurmeric powder – a pinchAsafoetida / hing – a pinchAmchoor / dry mango powder – 1/2 tsp(if you want it tangy)Sugar – a pinch (optional)Salt – to tasteFor Tempering:Onion – 1/4 cup, chopped fineGarlic – 3 pods crushed (optional)Jeera / cumin seeds – 1 tspDry red chillies – 3 to 4, halvedMustard seeds – 1/4 tspOil – 2 tspFor Garnishing:Chopped fresh coriander leaves (optional)How to make Dal Tadka:1. Pressure cook the dal, tomatoes and turmeric powder with 3 cups water. I cook it usually for 4 whistles since it takes longer to cook dal in Singapore. 3 whistles should usually be enough. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, cook in a closed, thick-bottomed pan for about 20-30 mins until the dal is cooked soft.2. Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients for tempering. Once the mustard seeds start to pop and the onions turn transparent, add the cooked dal.3. Next, add salt, hing, sugar and amchoor and mix well. If the dal is too thick, add some water. If too watery, let it remain on fire for longer until the desired consistency is reached.4. Garnish wtih coriander leaves and serve with steamed white rice, papad and pickles. YUM!