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    Cousin Helen's Dal

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    30 mins

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    Ranikabani's Note:

    A quick and easy tomato dal from Hyderabad, India.

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    1. 1
      Wash dal thoroughly.
    2. 2
      Boil the dal (lentils).
    3. 3
      Set aside.
    4. 4
      In a separate frying pan, heat oil.
    5. 5
      Add mustard,cummin seeds,dry red chillies and curry leaves when the oil is hot.
    6. 6
      Lower the heat and put in the cayenne pepper, turmeric,coriander powder (according to your taste) Add chopped tomatoes (no skins) and cook this on slightly higher heat adding a little water as necessary.
    7. 7
      Add tamarind juice and add this mixture to the boiled dal.
    8. 8
      Bring it all to a boil.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 11, 2008


      This daal was quite good, and definitely quick and easy. I didn't know what the conversion would be, so I used 1/2 tablespoon of tamarind concentrate dissolved in hot water, which made it quite tart, but that was fine by me. I used 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, but probably should have used more, as I omitted the dried chilies (didn't have any). Half a tablespoon of oil was ample here. I did add a sprinkle of salt to this. Served 3 as a meal with chapati and salad.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cousin Helen's Dal

    Serving Size: 1 (539 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 101.2
    Calories from Fat 27
    Total Fat 3.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 3.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.3 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 5.4 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    curry leaves

    tamarind juice

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