March 4, 2013

Malka Masoor Dal

In honor of my dear brother going plant based (Yay! It's Day 1) I decided to make a traditional Indian dinner tonight. This would be a very typical meal when growing up and in fact, it still is a very typical meal back home in India. My mom plans her meals around one lentil dish (Dal), one vegetable dish (Subzi) and roti/chapati (Indian whole wheat flat bread). Tonight I decided to make Mutter Mushroom (Curried Peas & Cremini Mushrooms) with Split Masoor Dal (recipe below) and enjoyed my meal with chapatis made my the local Indian chef :) who sells her home-made plain (no added fat) whole wheat chapatis in packs of 10 at the Indian grocery store. Simply heat in a skillet and you're good to go!

Malka Masoor Dal, with Roti & Subzi
Prep Time: 30 min

Ingredients (4 Servings): 
  1. 3/4 cup Red Masoor Dal (This is the same as Brown Masoor dal, except it is skinned)
  2. 1 medium tomato, diced
  3. 2 tbsp Cumin seeds
  4. 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  5. 1-2 tsp Deggi Chili Powder
  6. 1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper, to taste
  7. Salt & Pepper, to taste
  8. Fresh or dry Cilantro leaves, 1-2 tsp chopped finely
  9. lemon/lime juice, to taste (optional)
Masoor Dal (Malka Masoor)
Rinse lentils really well until the water runs clear. In a stock pot, bring about 2-4 cups of water, and lentils, to a boil, add all spices and simmer until lentils begin to break up (about 10-12 minutes). Once lentils are about done, add tomato and cilantro leaves and let simmer for a while until tomato begins to break down as well (see picture on right!). Add more tomato if desired, or use lemon/lime juice after its been cooked to give a slight tang to the dish.  Garnish with freshly ground black pepper, and fresh cilantro (I didn't have any today). 

My Assessment: I'm Indian. There is no assessment :) this is comfort food  - and my brother's favorite dal!! This is an excellent dish to also simply have as a lentil soup. Low on calories, high on nutrition and low on overall effort. I made 4 servings out of 3/4 cup dry lentils, but this could easily be 2 servings of soup if you wanted to have it just by itself as a heartwarming cuppa :) 

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving): Calories 137 (Fat Calories 10)
Total Fat 1.1 g; Carbohydrates 24.2 g; Dietary Fiber 6.7 g; Sugars 2.6 g; Protein 9.3 g

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