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.