This dish compliments rice and roti. Can use the same recipe to cook other lentils such as Toor dal. For Toor dal use a pressure cooker and more water.
1 cup masoor dal or red lentil
1/2 tbsp chillie powder
1/4 tbsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp onion
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp coconut milk powder or 1/4 cup coconut milk optional
Heat oil add mustard seeds, onion, curry leaves then add all the ingredients. Add water 2 inches above the level of dal and cook in medium heat, watch the dal as it might spill over. Stir it and press the dal with the back of the spoon. Add the coconut milk powder or coconut milk when the dal is soft, this is optional.
A variation to the same recipe you can cook the dal with the spices. Then heat a tsp oil add mustard seeds, onion, red chillie without the seeds and curry leaves separately then add it to the lentil.
To make lentil and spinach curry we can add chopped spinach to the same recipe towards the end and cook for a few minutes till the spinach is soft.
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