Today I am sharing a simple recipe for Sabut masoor dal or brown lentils.We Punjabis eat most dals or lentils that are available and each is cooked in its own unique way. Lentils are full of healthy proteins and should be a must in every vegetarian diet. Punjabi cuisine can be as rich as can be and take hours to prepare and simultaneously it is as simple as you want it to be.
Sabut masoor dal requires very basic ingredients that are available in all households.Sabut masoor dal or brown lentils tempered with cumin, onion, green chilli and tomatoes makes for wholesome gravy. Like Dal Makhani and Kadhi, it tastes even better the next day when all the flavours have blended together. Rice and roti or whole wheat unleavened bread go great with this dal.
The recipe I am sharing is the simple, everyday fare. If you want to serve it rich, then add two tablespoons of fresh cream and it will look and taste divine. You can keep the consistency according to your whim and fancy but it is usually served medium thick; neither too thick nor too thin.
Recipe for Sabut Masoor Ki Dal
1 cup Lentils
1 large Tomato chopped
Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
Green chillies slit 2
Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
2tbs Ghee or clarified butter…or even oil
¼ tsp turmeric
4 cups water
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves chopped a few sprigs
Wash and cook lentils with four cups of water, salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker for at least five whistles. Check that the dal is boiled nicely and is blended well. Transfer to a serving dish.
Heat the ghee in a pan (dal tastes great with ghee, not oil), add cumin seeds.
When the cumin seeds begin to splutter, add the green chillies onions till they are nice and golden brown. Now add the tomatoes and stir till the onion and tomatoes blend nicely together.
Add the red chilli powder, stir nicely and pour over the cooked dal.
Sabut masoor dal or brown lentils are ready. Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander leaves. Serve with roti or rice or even bread if you are a bread lover!
Tip: If you have any leftover dal then add it to some wheat flour, make a dough and make roti with it for breakfast.
If you are looking for a wholesome meal that is ready in 15 minutes and healthy to boot, then Sabut Masoor dal is just the dish for you.