Five Jewelled Dal

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Ingredients

  • For the lentils:

  • 50g of urad dal (white lentils)
  • 50g of chana dal
  • 50g of masoor dal (red lentils)
  • 50g of toor dal (oily/waxy lentil)
  • 100g green moong or mung dal
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • A generous pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt, to season
  • For the spice mix:

  • 3 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion, thinly Technique: Slice Cutting a thin piece or pieces from a larger ingredient or dish. You can slice ingredients using a slicing disc fitted inside your food processor. I know this Teach me, please sliced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, thinly Technique: Slice Cutting a thin piece or pieces from a larger ingredient or dish. You can slice ingredients using a slicing disc fitted inside your food processor. I know this Teach me, please sliced
  • 20g ginger, Technique: Julienne Cutting a larger piece of food into long, thin strips. I know this Teach me, please julienned
  • 3-4 green chillies slit into halves
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1-2 tbsp Technique: Chop To cut large ingredients or dishes into smaller chunks using a sharp knife. You can chop using a serrated blade fitted inside your food processor. I know this Teach me, please chopped coriander
  • For the garnish:

  • A dollop of yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp of ghee of clarified butter heated with 1 tsp red chilli powder and poured over the yoghurt

Use imperial measurements

Method

How to make Five Jewelled Dal

Wash the lentils in warm water until the water runs clear. Soak in warm water for approximately an hour then drain.

Using a heavy bottomed saucepan, add the drained lentils along with 800ml of water. Bring to the boil and remove any scum that forms.

Now add the turmeric and the asafoetida. Cover and simmer until the lentils are almost cooked then add some salt. Allow the lentils to cook completely.

Using a separate wide frying pan, heat the ghee until hot, then add the asafoetida and the cumin seeds. Once they begin to splutter, which will take a couple of seconds, add the onions. Fry until the onions start to brown at the edges.

Now add the garlic, chillies and the ginger. Continue to fry, until the whole mixture turns golden brown.

Toss the onion mixture onto the lentils along with the garam masala.

Stir in the lime juice and the Technique: Chop To cut large ingredients or dishes into smaller chunks using a sharp knife. You can chop using a serrated blade fitted inside your food processor. I know this Teach me, please chopped coriander.

Serve in bowls with a small dollop of yoghurt drizzled over the chilli butter.