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Lentils with Wheat Rolls (Dal Baati)

I am not sure if because of MahaShivratri (a big Indian festival devoted to Lord Shiva), follow link to learn more about the festival:Daal Baati is a very traditional recipe from the state of Rajasthan. Daal is a thick lentil preparation and Baati is a wheat dough that is simply baked over charcoal pieces. Usually the Baati is dipped in ghee and then daal is poured over it. Of course, with a drizzle of ghee again.Some people boil Baati in water and then bake it, if you do that, then add turmeric powder to the dough and your baati will be yellow in color. If you do not want to boil your Baati, then turmeric is not necessary. Some add...

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24-hour Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is usually cooked overnight in a tandoor (clay oven) when after a full day's of heat for baking naan, meat etc. the tandoor is cooling down overnight. At homes, we do not have this luxury, and hence Dal Makhani is cooked over gas stove on low heat for a couple of hours, it may seem long but its worth the effort. Serves: 8 Ingredients 1/2 cup red kidney beans, raw 1/2 cup chickpea lentils 1 cup black split lentils (skin-on) 1 stick unsalted butter (8 Tablespoons) 2 medium Roma tomatoes, pureed in a food processor with 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Spice blend 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, freshly ground 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1...

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Tomato dal

Make this dal (lentil) recipe with toor dal only. Curry leaves are a MUST and are only available at Indian grocery stores.Ingredients1 cup split pigeon pea/ toor dal1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped7-8 curry leaves, each torn in 21 jalapeno, finely chopped1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder1 tablespoon sugar2 tablespoons ghee1 teaspoon black mustard seeds, whole1 teaspoon cumin seeds2 pinches aforesaid/ hing OPTIONAL3 cloves of garlic1/2 teaspoon  turmeric powder1 large tomato, finely chopped3 cloves garlic, finely choppedSalt to tasteInstructionsIf you do not have a pressure cooker, don't worry. Soak lentils (after washing it once in cold water) in 2 cups water, preferably overnight.In a 5 qt pot, add soaked lentils with any left over water and 3 cups of water, turmeric, jalapeno...

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Basic Moong Dal

Ingredients1 cup yellow moong dal1 teaspoon black mustard seeds1 teaspoon cumin seeds1/2 cup chopped onion, preferably red onion2 pinches asafoetida (hing)1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped (or 1/4 tsp cayenne powder)1 medium tomato, finely chopped1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder1 Tablespoon ghee2 Tablespoonss chopped cilantroSalt, to tasteInstructionsBoil 1 cup moong dal in 3 cups water in a 3 qt pot over medium heat, do not cover the pot.In a small frying pan, heat ghee, and when the ghee is hot, add mustard seeds and allow mustard seeds to crackle.Add cumin seeds, hing, jalapeno, onion and saute for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring every minute.Add tomato and cook for a couple of minutes.Add this seasoning to cooked dal, add salt and mix well. Taste,...

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