Dal Tadka and Rice


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*Note: There may be some water left in the pot after the dal is soft. 

Prep time 30mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4-6

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  • Step 1

    Wash and rinse the Toor Dal until the water runs clear. Then soak in 3 cups of water for 3-4 hours.

  • Step 2

    In a heavy bottomed 6 quart pot add soaked dal and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 40 minutes or until the dal is soft and completely cooked through. While it cooks, skim off the foam every 10 minutes or so.*

  • Step 3

    In another pan heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add a pinch of asafoetida. Add onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Add coriander, cayenne and turmeric. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the spices are toasted and fragrant. Add chopped tomatoes and dal and mix until combined.

  • Step 4

    Simmer for 10 minutes, adding 1 to 1 ½ cups water as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

  • Step 5

    To make the tadka, heat remaining oil in a saute pan and add smashed garlic, red pepper flakes and curry leaves. Cook for about 1 minute, then add to the dal and season with salt. Serve over steamed rice and enjoy.