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    Basic Toovar Dal or Arhar Dal

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    1 hrs 25 mins

    10 mins

    1 hrs 15 mins

    KateL's Note:

    Entered for ZWT. From Madhur Jaffrey's "World Vegetarian". After the pigeon paste has been prepared using Pigeon Pea Paste (Aka Arhar Dal or Toovar Dal) #483388, the hulled and split pigeon peas are always cooked with a little turmeric. Salt is added at the very end. Again, this recipe is a launching pad for the Indian stew of the day. Once cooked, lightly boiled or sauteed vegetables may be added. For Indian dishes, a final tarka is also added unless feeding the sick, the elderly or young children.

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    Serves: 4



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    1. 1
      Pick over the hulled and split pigeon peas from Pigeon Pea Paste (Aka Arhar Dal or Toovar Dal) #483388. Wash in several changes of water, and drain.
    2. 2
      Put the split peas and 4 cups of water in a heavy-bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Watch carefully to prevent the contents of the pot from boiling over. Skim off the froth that rises to the top.
    3. 3
      Add the turmeric and stir once. Cover partially, turn the heat down to low, and cook very gently for 1 hour, or until the beans are tender. (Older beans may take up to 1 1/2 hours.
    4. 4
      Add the salt and stir to mix.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Toovar Dal or Arhar Dal

    Serving Size: 1 (49 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 169.9
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 584.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.6 g
    Sugars 0.9 g
    Protein 12.3 g

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