Thursday, October 04, 2007

Lemon Dal

Dal is such a must for me. Dal (of the day) along with rice and veggies are always my first course. And since we have dal day in and day out (almost), a variation in the recipe is always welcome. Lemon dal is one such variation. It makes a nice change, once in a while. Like with most recipes on this blog, mine is a variation on the original. The lemon comes from the leaves of the lemon plant and not from actual lemon itself. (Although I have a recipe from a very interesting book Life & Food in Bengal by Chitrita Banerji which uses both the leaves as well as slices of lemon). This is my variation.

You will need:
Masoor dal: 1 small cup
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Lemon leaves: 3-4
Salt: 1-2 tsp
For tempering
Oil: 1 tsp
Jeera / Cumin: 1 tsp

How to:

  1. Wash the dal, with several changes of water. Drain.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add the dal and 2 cups of water and the turmeric.
  3. Close the lid and cook for one whistle of the pressure cooker. (Might need two in winters or at higher altitudes).
  4. Remove cover and stir the dal properly.
  5. In a pan, add the oil and the jeera. When the jeera start spluttering, add first the lemon leaves and then dal to the pan.
  6. Keep on high flame.
  7. Adjust salt and also, add water if the dal has become too thick. It should be fairly thin.
  8. Let it boil for 3-4 minutes and remove from fire.
  9. Serve with rice and veggies (of course).

Note: It could possibly be a nice and different soup for non rice eaters!

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