Saturday, December 15, 2007

Chana Dal - Coconut

Everything is good with coconut, right? Here is a very delicious dal-coconut combo! Chana dal with coconut!

Rice with Chana Dal and Majjiga Mirapakaya

Chana dal - 1 cup
Water - 2 cups
Fresh grated coconut - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium, roughly chopped
Green chillies - 3, slit lengthwise
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

For seasoning/popu
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dried red chillies - 2, tear and deseed
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely chopped
Curry leaves - sprig
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

  1. Wash and soak chana dal in warm water for 30 minutes
  2. In a sauce pan, add chana dal, onion, coconut, green chillies, salt, turmeric and water. Cover and cook just until the dal becomes soft, but not mushy
  3. For seasoning, heat ghee and oil in a saute pan. Add mustard seeds; when they crackle, add cumin seeds, red chillies, garlic and curry leaves. 
  4. Add this seasoning to the cooked dal, mix. Adjust salt and serve with warm rice.
Majjiga Mirapakaya (green chillies soaked in yogurt and sundried) served alongside, adds a punch!

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