Tidali Dal

Dal Chawal back home was everyday food – for dinner. My mom makes different type of dal – for every weeknight and then a side of some vegetables along with rice. There are so many varieties of Dal (lentils) that everyday of the week you can have one and the good thing is they all taste different and you wont get bored of them. Well – If my Mom doesn’t make Dal for me – it is not an everyday food for me ;). I like adding vegetables when making dal – such as brocoli (yummy) or spinach or sometimes make a combination of different types of dal.  Tidali Dal as the name suggests is 3 different types of dals cooked together. (3 dals cooked together). This is mostly made at afternoons in my house as this tends to get a little heavy for a light dinner ;). So let’s get started….

This is what you need:
1/3 cup white gram beans (Urad Dal)
1/3 cup yellow lentils (toovar dal)
1/3 cup yellow split peas (channa dal) or you can also go with mung beans (moong dal)
1 medium onion – thinly sliced
2 tbsp – ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp – oil
1 tsp – turmeric powder
1 tsp – red chilly powder
1 tsp – coriander powder
1 tsp – garam masala powder
2 medium tomatoes – chopped
1 tsp – mango powder (optional) or 1 tbsp of lemon juice
1 tsp cumin seeds
2-3 dry red chillies crushed
salt to taste
2 tbsp of chopped Cilantro to garnish

This is how you make:
Step 1 – Take a vessel and wash all dals and then soak them for about 2-3 hours. Then using a pressure cooker – add Dal and 3 cups of water and pressure cook them for 3-4 whistles. Once the pressure cooker cools – open it and then mix the dals together. add 1 cup water and put it on low heat.
Step 2 – Now for tempering. Take a frying pan and on medium heat add 2 tbsp of oil. Then add cumin seeds and as soon as they crackle add onions. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.  Now add dry red chillies and then tomatoes – cook for another minute or so. keep sautéing them as the tomatoes will become pulpy. Then add ginger garlic paste and continue to saute.
Step 3 – Now add – turmeric powder, mango powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and salt. saute for a 2-3 minutes till the oil comes to surface. Once you see oil at the surface of the pan – add this to the dal and mix well.
Step 4 – bring the dal to a boil and cilantro. switch off the heat – cover the cooker and let it rest for 5-10 mins.
Step 5 – Serve with rice – roti or just drink it like a soup.

Enjoy 🙂