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    Black Magic (Black Lentils & Soybean Dal)

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    30 mins

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    Mini Ravindran's Note:

    Tasty and nutritious dal that stirs up magic on your table and in your mouth

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    1. 1
      Put soaked lentils and soyabeans in a cooker with 4 cups of water.
    2. 2
      Add salt, turmeric powder and onions along.
    3. 3
      Pressure cook for 18-20 minutes on medium heat.
    4. 4
      If you do not use a pressure cooker then you have to wait till the ingredients turn absolutely tender and may have to increase the quantity of water in the pot.
    5. 5
      This will take a longer time.
    6. 6
      Meanwhile take a pan and melt the butter.
    7. 7
      Add garlic and brown the same.
    8. 8
      Add all the remaining spices and turn the heat off.
    9. 9
      Open the cooker and mash dal gently.
    10. 10
      Transfer the same to the pan.
    11. 11
      Add some water if the consistency is too thick.
    12. 12
      Take care that it does not turn too watery.
    13. 13
      Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
    14. 14
      Serve warm with a dash of fresh cream.
    15. 15
      This goes well with steamed white rice and Indian breads.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 22, 2007


      This was a delicious dinner for our family. I followed all the ingredients as stated, but had to make some adjustments with the cooking as I found the recipe two hours before dinner. :) I soaked the lentils in hot water for about 45 minutes, and used canned black-eyed peas. I cooked the lentils in my large skillet, covered, with only two cups of water, and after they were pretty much cooked, I added the beans and cooked a bit longer. It probably only took half an hour to cook despite not using a pressure cooker. We didn't have cream, but topped it with yogurt and chili sauce... YUM! Thanks for posting!

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    • on December 22, 2005


      Excellent recipe, I had run out out of black eyed beans so I used kidney beans(rajma) instead and the result was equally tasty. Fill definetly be having this more often. thanks

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    • on April 21, 2005


      A very hearty and flavorful dish. I also used the dry black-eyed peas. Since I don`t own a pressure cooker, I used just a big pot on the stove, and it didn`t take that long anyway. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Mini R.!! I will defenitely make this again for DH and myself!

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    Nutritional Facts for Black Magic (Black Lentils & Soybean Dal)

    Serving Size: 1 (118 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 282.3
    Calories from Fat 75
    Total Fat 8.4 g
    Saturated Fat 4.0 g
    Cholesterol 15.2 mg
    Sodium 52.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 36.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 16.9 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 16.7 g

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