Sunday, November 23, 2008

Simple Dal

Dal, usually made with cooked and mashed lentils, is a staple in the Indian diet. Made with a variety of lentils, it's a very important protein source in a vegetarian diet. As in most Indian foods, the dal is also personalized to each person's taste patterns. The most famous Indian dal is a Dal Makhani made with black lentils, mashed and made rich with the addition of cream and/or butter.


A simpler dal is one made of yellow lentils or moong dal. Here's a very simple dal that we make for breakfast almost every morning to get that much-needed protein boost. We add vegetables too, but you can skip that if you'd like.

Simple Dal
(serves 2)

2 tbsp Split Yellow Lentils (Moong Dal)
1 - 1 1/2 cups Water (depending on how watery you want the dal)
Salt, as needed

1/2 Carrot, chopped fine
1 Tomato, chopped fine
1 Green Chilli, chopped fine
5-6 pieces Green Beans, chopped fine
1 Onion, chopped fine

For tempering:
1 pinch Mustard Seeds
1 pinch Cumin Seeds

Cilantro, chopped, for garnish.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan. When hot, add the ingredients for tempering. When the mustard begins to pop, add the veggies and stir fry for a couple of minutes. Add the water, salt and the lentils and let it come to a boil. When the lentils are cooked through, remove from the stove.

Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with idlis, dosas or as a lentil soup for a healthy, satisfying meal.


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13 comments:

Priya said...

Dal looks very inviting..lovely colour...

Bharti said...

You make Dal for breakfast everyday? Wow. I love this simple dal as well but never add veggies to it..will try it next time.

Red Chillies said...

We love Daal and have it everyday too. Daal in the morning? Now that is something new :-)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Its so quick and the idea of having it in the morning sounds filling...

Madhu said...

Simple, tasty and comforting. I can have this any time. Looks good Anu.

Sunshinemom said...

Inviting dal. Good idea to have it in the morning - a simple dal can be served soupish too! My Mother too adds veggies sometimes!

Arundathi said...


Priya - Thanks

Bharti - Yup, it hardly takes any time plus its so healthy and filling.

Red Chillies - It gives you a great protein-rich start to the day

Ramya - Yup, it is.

Madhu - Thanks

Sunshinemom - that's what i do - have it like a soup - so delicious!

Curry Leaf said...

Pic look inviting.I am not a dal person,but would love this as a soup

Raaga said...

should try this with idlis :-) sambar gives me heart burn :-)

Andhra Flavors said...

easy, healthy and comfort food.

Medhaa said...

this looks simple healthy and delicious

Fresh from the Source said...

Thank you for this. I'm always looking for breakfasts that are nutritious and delicious. I'm wondering if I can put this in a slow cooker on low overnight. I make a rice porridge (congee)that way now.

Arundathi said...


Curry Leaf - Its great as a soup

Raaga - Its absolutely fantastic with idlis - my dad's favorite.

Andhra Flavors - Yup!

Medhaa - It is.

Fresh from the Source - hmm. I'm really not sure. Since there's only 2 tbsp in this recipe, it takes only about 10 minutes to make. Maybe if you make large quantities, the slow cooker might work.