Kaali Daal Recipe


1 cup whole black lentils/urad dal
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, pureed – yields approx 1 cup
2-3 garlic, crushed
1 inch ginger, crushed
1 green chili, finely chopped
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp oil or ghee or butter
3 to 4 cups water
salt as required
coriander leaves for garnishing

pick the dal, rinse in water for 2-3 times and soak it in water for 30 minutes.
after 30 minutes drain the soaked dal.
heat ghee, add cumin seeds.
when they sizzle, add chopped onions.
fry the onions till brown.
add the pureed tomatoes and mix well.
add the crushed ginger-garlic or ginger-garlic paste.
add the all the dry spice powders.
add chopped green chilies.
saute the masala till the oil starts to leave.
add the soaked dal.
add water and salt.
cover the pressure cook and pressure cook till the dal has become soft and buttery.
garnish with coriander leaves.
serve hot with naan, kulcha, rotis or plain boiled rice.
my notes

you can make this dal less spicy or more spicy by adjusting the proportion of red chili powder and green chilies.

also this dal can be made thick or thin depending on what you prefer.

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