Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Fresh Pigeon Peas(Tur dal) gravy

Whole toor dal is a type of lentil and is also known as pigeon peas. This can be served with rice or rotis for lunch or dinner. I prepared pulpy gravy that suited the beans very well. Cool sunny winter afternoons are leisurely spent sitting and shelling fresh beans. They are loved by everybody so much that they replace dried beans and lentils in almost all the staples.Bangaloreans love their fresh beans and lentils. When they are in season, families eat them at least for one meal every day! They are not only very nutritious but also totally delicious. They are creamy when cooked well and have a very mild bitter aftertaste. I use them a lot in my kitchen. This time I cooked them a little differently so I thought I should share this quick and easy recipe with you all.

Prep  time
Cooking time
10 mins
15 mins
2 persons

Cuisine: Indian
Recipe Category: Dinner varieties

  • Fresh peeled tur dal -2 cups
  • Onion -2 no’s
  • Tomatoes -3 no’s
  • Green chili -1 no
  • Grated ginger -1” piece
  • Garlic finely chopped -4 cloves
  • Oil -1 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few sprigs
  • Red chili powder -1 tsp
  • Coriander powder -1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

1. In a pan, add the oil, mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Add the curry leaves and onion and fry till onion is soft. 
2. Add the tomatoes and cook on low flame for 10 minutes till tomatoes turn soft and mushy.Put the dry masala powders and fry for a minute; pour two cups of water and let it come to a boil. Add the tur dal, enough salt and mix well; cook covered in simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Cover the pan with lid and cook on medium flame for 10 mins. Adjust salt. Add coriander leaves. Serve with rice or rotis. 

4. Open the lid, check if dal is cooked, adjust salt and spices and cook it open for 2 minutes and then turn of stove.Enjoy your gravy with pulkas or rice

Serving suggestions
Serve garnished with coriander or fresh cream to accompany phulkas or rice.

If you are adding lemon juice, add it at the end before serving.

Frozen beans can work fine too,just transfer to the pan and start cooking along with the spices.

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