Yellow Split Lentils/Daal Curry

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Serves 2-3

A light and tasty lentil dish, goes well with rice or rotis

1 cup
yellow split lentils, washed and soaked for at least 3 hours
fresh tomatoes
medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp
tomato paste
1 tsp
garlic paste
medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite sized cubes
a few fenugreek leaves (methi)
1 tsp
cumin seeds
whole black peppers
small cinnamon stick
green chili
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1/2 tsp
coriander powder
some coriander leaves and stems, chopped
4 cups
warm water
(or as needed)
4 tbsp
1/2 tsp
garam masala

Blend the tomatoes with 1 chilli and some of the chopped coriander stems. Set aside. 

Boil the potato cubes until tender. Set aside.

In a pressure cooker, heat the oil, then add the fenugreek/methi leaves followed by the whole spices (cumin, black peppers, cinnamon).

When they begin to splutter, add the onions and fry until golden, then add the garlic, followed by tomato paste, chilli and the cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric.

Cook together for a minute, then add the blended tomatoes. Let this mixture cook until the water begins to evaporate. Add the lentils and fry together for a few minutes. Add salt, then pour in 4 cups of warm water. Let this come to a boil, then close the pressure cooker and let it cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Turn off, use the safety valve to let out the steam from the cooker (be careful!) then open it and check the lentils. If they are still hard, check that the water is enough in there (if it's reduced too much you can add a bit more) then close the pressure cooker and let them cook for a couple more minutes. If they are nice and soft, add the potatoes and close the pressure cooker one last time and let it cook for 1 whistle.

Let out the steam, open the cooker and taste for salt, adjust accordingly. Sprinkle the chopped coriander and garam masala, do not stir this in. Heat a bit of oil separately (1 tbsp.) and pour it onto the lentils, it will sizzle as it hits the surface and the garam masala will give out an awesome aroma. Now you can mix it all together, and serve!!



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W/Salaam yes it is.

I have loved your recipes and ur blog page and sneek peek almost everyday! One q regarding this recipe, in the end we are to add garam masala,but the ingredients talk about cumin powder... So which one is it? Thank you in advance for taking time to reply...

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Hi and thank you! Use the cumin powder in the recipe as the dish is cooking, and add a quarter tsp garam masala at the very end.

salam,is this daal channa?

also what kind of lentils u used ? are there two kinds involved?if yes then which ones?if i dont want to use a pressure cooker what are my other options? thankyou

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You can use the yellow channa daal, and they can be cooked in an open pan instead of the pressure cooker until tender.

Its definitely goood. please continue giving more veg recipes.. some of us who have to eat more Vegs (Doctors orders!) Appreciate them big time!.

instead of 4 cups of water at the end i only put 2 - and it was enough

Would it be possible to also add how many people a recipe will yield, to help us newbies :)

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Yes I am currently including that in my new recipes. This one will easily serve 4 people.

salam fauzia jaan can you add vegetable stock in it ?

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W/Salaam, yes you can.

What are yellow split lentils in Urdu? Moong daal, arhar/toor daal, or chana (Bengal gram) daal? :/

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Chana daal.

Okay. If I am using dry fenugreek leaves, how much shud I put? A pinch?

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Yes a pinch.

And is the cardamom u mentioned the black one or the green one?

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