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I made this for my 5th grade class after we completed a section on India in History. I went easy on the hot spices. The students loved the rice and daal. They took chiapattis (pita bread) and stuffed it with the daal and rice. Even the other teachers liked it! Prep time was longer than specified because the daal took a long time to get tender. Next time I'll put everything in a crockpot and let it simmer to blend the flavors better.
This was really good. In a pinch and far from a supermarket, I substituted ground cumin for the seeds, spinach for the cilantro,and pickled jalepenos for the green chilies.I used half yellow, half green lentils for the daal fry. I'll try this again with all the right ingredients and I am sure it will doubly good. Thanks, alice Dave, and your cooking guru Rupali.
This dish lives up to it's name!! I served it with a little mango chutney, and papdums. YUM!!