Friday, March 1, 2013

Simple Masoor Dal | Pappu Kattu | Simple Dal Recipes

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I prepare various kind of dals on a daily basis and I usually prefer to make basic and simple dals  for everyday cooking.When compared to other dals, I feel Masoor dal and Moong dal are very light on the stomach.Today, I am posting a very simple recipe using masoor dal with garlic tempering-which imparts a nice flavor to the dal.
Simple Masoor Dal Recipe:
(Serves 2)

1/3 cup Masoor dal
1 tsp chopped Coriander leaves
a pinch of Turmeric powder
salt to tatse

for Tadka:
1 tbsp Ghee/Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 Garlic pods,finely chopped or crushed
2 Green Chillies,finely chopped
a pinch of Asafoetida
5-6 Curry leaves

  • Pressure cookmasoor dal with turmeric for 2-3 whistles and simmer it for 5-6 mins.
  • Once the pressure drops mash the dal slightly and add some water if required and simmer it for sometime.
    Meanwhile in a small tadka pan heat ghee and crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Add finely chopped green chillies,garlic pods,curry leaves and asafoetida and fry for a minute.
    Pour this tadka to the simmering masoor dal and add salt and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Add chopped corriander at the end and mix well.
Serve it hot with Rice/Rotis/Parathas.If you are serving with rice,it goes well with a vegetable fry and pickle. 

  • You can squeeze juice of half a lemon to the dal at the end after you switch off the flame.
  • You can also add finely chopped onions when you are frying garlic pods and add it to the dal.
  • Chopped spinach or methi leaves can be added while pressure cooking the dal and follow the same process of temering with/without onions.
  • You can skip garlic in the recipe and add ginger instead for a different flavor.If you are using ginger in the recipe do add lemon juice at the end,it enhances the flavor.
  • You can add chopped tomatoes to the dal while pressure cooking it.
  • Avoid ghee and use oil in the recipe for a Vegan version.


Sudha Sabarish said...

Really simple to prepare and yes can feel light if we have this one.

Indian Khana said...

One the best dal I like almost same way ...looks gud

Akila said...

Simple yet tasty

Unknown said...

Very simple and tasty dal.

anjana said...

loved this simle.quick and flavourful daal..

Unknown said...

very flavorful dal...yummy

Chitra said...

Simple & comfort food. lovely cliks prathy :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

super yummy

great-secret-of-life said...

simple and comforting dhal

My World My Home said...

Looks delicious.. :-)

Prema said...

Delicious and comfort dal, yum...

virunthu unna vaanga said...

wow simply delicious n drooling here for the dal...

Unknown said...

Absolutely love this simple recipe.

KrithisKitchen said...

Bright and inviting bowls you have in there!

Priya Suresh said...

My comforting food,delicious and inviting.

divya said...

Looks fab yum and beautiful

Anonymous said...

My favourite light dal.

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