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Dal Fry

Dal is really good for health and is good source of protein for specially vegetarians. If you are trying to cut down on those extra few carbs then try to add a bowl of dal to your meal. It fills you up and keeps you full for longer. Dal is an integral part of Indian meal. In some states just dal chawal is considered as  the comfort food. 
Dal fry is  a north Indian take on Dal that can be enjoyed with root or naan.


  1. Dal: 1 cup 
  2. Tomato: 1 small 
  3. Onion: 1 small finely chopped
  4. Ginger Garlic paste: 2 tsp
  5. Green Chilli: 2-3 slit
  6. Turmeric 1/2 tsp
  7. Red chili powder: 1/2 tsp
  8. Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp
  9. Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
  10. Whole red chili: 2
  11. Garam MAsala Powder: 1/2tsp
  12. Coriander leaves: 1 tsp finely chopped 
  13. Salt as per taste
  14. Oil: 2 tsp
  15. water: 2cups


In a pressure cooker, cook the dal with 2 cups of water, tomato and salt to taste, till the dal is cooked. It would take 1-2 whistles and let the pressure release on its own. Then remove the lead and with a whisker mix the dal well so that the dal and tomato is properly mashed up. Add little water if you the dal is not of your desired consistency.
In a pan heat oil.
add the cumin and mustard seeds.
As they stop spluttering and the whole red chilli and finely chopped onion with pinch of salt.
Let it cook till the onion are transparent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone. 
Add the green chilli, turmeric powder and red chilli powder and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add the gram masala powder fry for a minute or so and add the masala to the dal in the cooker.
Mix it nicely and bring it a quick boil. 
Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot with naan or rooti.

I even enjoy with zeera rice and plain rice. It can be a great part of your dinner parties where you are expecting fair number of vegetarian guests.

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