Tuesday, December 5

A Perfect Sunday Night

Sunday nights are perpetually depressing. The Monday blues start bugging since the afternoon. A good afternoon nap and a soothing dinner is the perfect remedy for it. That's the reason why I decided to make my mother's version of Masoor Dal Usal with extra garlic.

Preparation time - 20-25 minutes.
Serving - 2 adults.

  • 1 cup of Masoor Dal Soaked for 4-5 hrs.
  • 1 Medium size Red-Onion thinly chopped.
  • 1 Medium size tomato thinly chopped.
  • 1/2 cup of garlic sliced.
  • 2 spoons of Tamarind Paste diluted in water.
  • 1/2 cup of grated coconut.
  • 1 spoon of cumin powder.
  • 1 spoon of mustard seeds.
  • 1 spoon of cumin seeds.
  • 1 spoon of red chilly powder.
  • 1/2 spoon turmeric powder.
  • 1 spoon of Fenugreek seeds.
  • 2-3 curry leaves.
  • 1/2 cup of coriander leaves chopped.
  • salt to taste .

  • Heat the oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds,Fenugreek seeds, turmeric and curry leaves.
  • Add sliced onion and garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add tomato and then immediately add salt. This helps in making smooth gravy.
  • Add tamarind, coconut,cumin powder and red chilly powder.
  • Add soaked dal with 2 cups of water and cook it uncovered. This makes the extra water evaporate.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Tastes best with plain nonfat yogurt, a slice of onion and Roti.
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