Plain Dhal / Pea Dhal

Plain dhal is a thick ‘soup’ usually eaten with rice. It’s a simple dish made from split yellow lentils which are healthy and high in fibre. This recipe can easily serve 4 people. You are guaranteed to enjoy this.

1 cup pea dhall (yellow split peas)

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp tumeric powder

1 cinnamon stick (about 3-4cm long)

1 clove

2 elachi pods

2 tsp oil

2-3 slices onion

1 whole green chilli

Boil all of the above in a pot/pressure cooker and cover with water. Boil until soft and the dhall melts – it should look smooth like soup. Stir and add water at intervals if required. Add salt last.

Vagaar: this is the frying of onions with whole cumin, garlic and chilli.

1 small onion

1 whole green chilli

1/4 tsp crushd garlic

1/2 tsp whole cumin

2 Tblsp ghee (clarified butter)

1/4 cup oil

Heat oil and ghee. Add onions and cumin. When onions turn pink add garlic and chilli. Fry for a minute and add to dhall.

Stir well. You can add chopped coriander at the end.

Serve with rice, sambals, aloo (potato) fry,etc.

Sambals: tomato and onion salad.

1/2 small onion

1 tomato

1 green chilli

Handful coriander

Chop onions fine. Add cubed tomato. Slice chilli and coriander. Mix together with 1 tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp vinegar. Salt to taste.

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