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    Dal - As we like it!!

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    1 hr 15 mins

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    15 mins

    Girl from India's Note:

    This is my trademark Dal recipe I am posting for a friend!!! The ingredients are really approximatations as I am a very instinctive cook. I add/ subtract/ vary quantities of ingredients all the time for the dal to turn out just a little different each time.

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    1. 1
      Boil the dal in the water it soaks in with the next 8 ingredients, in a vessel or pressure cooker till cooked (my pressure cooker takes 1 whistle to cook the dal) In the meanwhile keep the rest of the ingredients ready.
    2. 2
      When the dal is cooked heat a tblsp of oil in a kadai/ vessel Add the asafetida and the mustard, cumin and curry leaves in quick succession.
    3. 3
      Add the garlic as soon as the mustard splutters.
    4. 4
      Then add the onion slices and fry till light brown.
    5. 5
      Then add the stock cube and saute.
    6. 6
      When you get the aromas add the chopped tomato and then the spice powders.
    7. 7
      Add the cooked dal and stir to mix well.
    8. 8
      When heated through add the lime juice.
    9. 9
      (One tsp at a time Taste and add some more if you feel like it you can go beyond 2 tsp if your taste buds give you the go ahead) Garnish with coriander leaves (we really add a lot of these but I have only put and serve hot over rice).
    10. 10
      Try a dry meat dish as an accompaniment.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 05, 2013


      This is now Dal As We Like It Too. Made as written and enjoyed by everyone in a group of eight. I got all the ingredients ready before starting which made production a breeze. Girl from Indian, thanks so very much for sharing this recipe.

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    • on July 16, 2011


      Absolutely delicious. On par with my South Indian's mum's dal. The only modification I made was to reduce the amount of dal by 1/2 but keep the spices at the same quantity. I also put some chopped red pepper in a seperate bowl within the pressure cooker and added the cooked red pepper just before adding the cooked dal to the pan. I did miss out the green chillies as I wanted my kids to eat it but next time I will experiment by adding one green chilli.

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    • on June 12, 2009


      Absolutely excellent recipe!! Definitely the best dal i've ever made - had great flavour. Added in some shredded coconut in at the end & served with chapati. Thanks for posting (^-^)

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    Nutritional Facts for Dal - As we like it!!

    Serving Size: 1 (125 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 81.9
    Calories from Fat 40
    Total Fat 4.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.1 mg
    Sodium 443.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 4.2 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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    red gram


    asafetida powder

    curry leaves

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