Million Dhallor Baby


Next up, chana dhal.  Tasty and moreish.  That was dinner, on a humid Saturday night, along with freshly-fried flatbreads, samosa and bhaji.  We paddled in the big paddling pool in the back garden, drank copious amounts of vodka, and ate like slightly damp kings…..

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Chana Dhal
Chana dal (yellow split lentils)
Vegetable oil
Ginger powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, cumin, mustard seeds
One large green chilli, deseeded and chopped finely
Half a red onion, chopped finely
Two garlic cloves, chopped finely
Tin tomatoes
Rinse the lentils well under cold running water.
Soak overnight in a bowl of cold water.
Drain and rinse again.
Add to saucepan with cold water and a little salt.  Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer until soft and mashable (around a hour-ish).  If scum forms on the surface of the water skim off.  Add extra boiling water if necessary to maintain whatever consistency you want the dhal to be.
Heat vegetable oil in a wok, add the ginger, garlic and green chilli.  Cook briefly.
Add chopped onion, cook until golden.
Add the tomatoes, cook for a another couple of minutes.
Add turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander, garam masala and a little salt.  Mix and continue to simmer.
Add the cooked lentils, stir, and bring to the boil.
In a separate pan heat a little oil, add the mustard seeds and heat until they pop.  Add cumin and red chilli powder.  Cook for about a minute.
Add to the lentil dhal, mix in and serve.

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