Showing posts with label lentil recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lentil recipes. Show all posts

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Garlic & cumin flavored lentils...

Cooking lentils is fun. I love trying out different ingredients with lentils and my all time favorite is lentils with garlic- Garlic flavor works like magic with lentils. No matter how much you love eating from outside and trying different restaurants, there are times when you want to eat a simple dinner at home, nothing fancy….Garlic dal/Garlic lentils is my comfort food and I can cook them without much sweat.  The recipe is simple & would leave you wanting for more. Nothing else to dilute the garlic flavor- no fancy ingredients- just plain old garlic sauteed in butter (clarified butter) with a hint of cumin.
You can always improvise the recipe and add onions or tomatoes and cook the lentils with garam masala. But if you are fond of garlic and want the flavor of garlic to shine through, then this recipe is a winner!

Garlic & Cumin infused lentils


  • 1 cup toor dal (yellow Pigeon peas)
  • 1 cup mung dal (mung bean/ golden gram)
  • 8-10 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Clarified butter/butter for cooking
  • 2 green chillies (chopped fine)

  1. Pressure cook the lentils till they are soft.
  2. In a pan add butter and once melted add cumin seeds.
  3. As the cumin seeds begin to sputter saute garlic & green chillies.
  4. Add the cooked dal/lentils mixture to the pan and cook on a low flame for few minutes. (add a bit of water to make it soupy).
  5. Adjust salt according to taste and serve hot with chopped coriander for garnish.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Exciting Lentils (dal parantha- Indian flat bread stuffed with lentils)

I was in mood for something special- not the same old boring dal and roti or dal and rice. So I am raking my brain and in hunt for something sizzling! I was surfing TV when I landed up on this cookery show where they made some spicy dal. Then suddenly it dawned on me, why not make the dal interesting by filling it in a roti and making dal parantha?? So, I took time to make some lovely paranthas- come, join me for a bite- won't ya??

What goes in?

For the filling-

1 cup Chana dal- soak it for an hour or two in water.
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 tsp Garlic and ginger paste
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
salt according to taste

Other minor ingredients required for filling- 1 onion chopped, 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves.

For the base-

wheat flour


  1. Knead the flour with salt and water to a smooth dough (add oil towards the end to make it silky). Set it aside (I used about 11/2 cups of flour, you can use as per your requirement).
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add cumin seeds. As the seeds begin to sputter add garlic-ginger paste, green chilli pieces. Cook for few seconds on a low flame.
  3. Add garam masala, coriander powder, red chilli powder and salt.
  4. Rinse the lentils thoroughly in water and add them to the above cooking spices.
  5. Add around one cup of water and pressure cook the lentils till they are soft and have absorbed all the water.
  6. Once the lentils are soft and well cooked, gently smash them with a spoon.
  7. Add the chopped onions and coriander leaves to the cooked lentils, mix them thoroughly and ensure it is a dry mixture and not sticky- our filling is ready!
  8. Now, take a small ball of dough and flatten it with a rolling pin.
  9. Add around 1 tbsp of filling in middle and fold it to a pouch (with filling in middle).
  10. Flatten this pouch on a lightly floured surface to a medium sized round shape.
  11. Cook the roti (both sides) on a frying pan with sufficient oil.
  12. Serve hot with mango pickle and raita! Enjoy-

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Masoor dal - red lentils

Cooking lentils is fun. You can mix and match different spices and give a new look to them. Tired and bored of cooking lentils in a simple manner I tried something different- check out!


2 cups masoor dal (red lentils)
1 dry red chilli - broken to pieces
1 big onion chopped
1 tomato chopped and smashed
2 garlic pods - crushed & chopped
oil for cooking
red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
corriander leaves chopped for garnishing
mustard seeds -1/4 tsp
Salt according to taste


2 tbsp corriander seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp white sesame seeds
2 cloves
cinnamon stick-1
bay leaf-1
black cardamom or badi elaichi- 1 (remove the skin and discard- just use the seeds)
black pepper seeds - 1 tsp
oil to roast the above spices

Preparation- spices

In a pan, heat oil and roast all the spices mentioned above till they turn dark brown. Just ensure that you don't burn the spices. Once roasted, remove it from fire and allow it to cool. Grind it to a fine powder-

Preparation- dal

Pressure cook the red lentils till they melt in mouth. In a pan, heat oil and add the mustard seeds along with the broken red chilli pieces. As the mustard seeds start popping saute garlic and onions on a medium flame for 5 minutes. Add the tomato. Cook for another five minutes till they are incorporated. Mix the above prepared spices and red chilli powder. Add dal (lentils) with a bit of water and allow it to cook well with the spices. Adjust salt according to taste and cook the dal for 5-8 minutes. Remove from flame and serve hot with chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy with rice/roti/naan!


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