Black Magic (Black Lentils & Soybean Dal)

"Tasty and nutritious dal that stirs up magic on your table and in your mouth"
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  • Put soaked lentils and soyabeans in a cooker with 4 cups of water.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder and onions along.
  • Pressure cook for 18-20 minutes on medium heat.
  • 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.
  • This will take a longer time.
  • Meanwhile take a pan and melt the butter.
  • Add garlic and brown the same.
  • Add all the remaining spices and turn the heat off.
  • Open the cooker and mash dal gently.
  • Transfer the same to the pan.
  • Add some water if the consistency is too thick.
  • Take care that it does not turn too watery.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve warm with a dash of fresh cream.
  • This goes well with steamed white rice and Indian breads.

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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. Nice and hearty! I made it for a New Years Day gaming gathering, using the traditional black-eyed peas. I added a bit of honey to give it some savoriness.


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