Matar dal (yellow split pea dal)

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Yellow split peas
2½ cup Water
1 teaspoon Salt
1 pinch Turmeric
1¼ teaspoon Cumin, ground
2½ tablespoon Lemon juice
1¼ teaspoon Coriander, ground
¼ teaspoon Cayenne
1 pinch Garlic powder
1 pinch Sugar
¼ cup Ghee
1 pinch Cumin seeds
2 eaches Red chiles
2 mediums Yellow onions, chopped
¾ teaspoon Ginger, grated
1 each Bay leaf
2½ tablespoon Tomato paste
1 pinch Paprika

Wash peas & soak in water for 20 minutes. Drain, rinse & cover with fresh water & bring to a boil. Add salt & turmeric & boil hard for 2 minutes removing any scum that forms in that time. Reduce heat, cover & simmer until soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat & stir in the cumin, lemon juice, coriander, cayeene, garlic & sugar.

Heat ghee in a large pot & fry the cumin seeds, chiles, ginger & bay leaf for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomato paste. Add the dal, stirring all the time. Sprinkle with the paprika & mix well.

Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes & serve.

Pranati Sen Gupta, "The Art of Indian Cuisine" * CROSSPOSTED Submitted By INTERCOOK On 10-13-95

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