Dal Shorba

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I love Rains & the weather here is getting colder by the day .. There is something magical about monsoons & I am just loving it .. But another thing, that is not so noce about monsoons is that I am just not able to keep my hands off yummy Kodbales & other fried goodies :(
This weather is perfect for some soups too. I love soups, but I mostly rely on those ready-to - eat ones .. But you don't get an instant shorba mix, do you?? So I made Dal Shorba with Masoor Dal ...

Dal Shorba

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Masoor Dal
  • 3 onions - diced
  • 3 tomatoes - coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic - crushed
  • 1 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cilantro for garnish
How To:
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, saute crushed garlic, ginger & bay leaf for about 20 secs. Add onions, a pinch of salt & saute till it turns pink.
  • Add chopped tomatoes &red chilli powder & saute for a couple of mins. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Wash Masoor Dal in several changes of water. Pressure cook Dal with onion & tomato in about cups of water.
  • Allow it to cool. Blend it in a blender
  • Transfer it to a cooking pot, & bring it to a boil.
  • Add crushed black pepper, chilli flakes & adjust Salt as per taste
Before serving, garnish with fresh cilantro & serve with a lemon wedge .. Enjoi !!!
You can also make this with Moong Dal or a mixture of Masoor & Moong Dal
I loved the addition of crushed pepper & chilli flakes. But, if you find it a tad spicy for your taste, you can do without it ..

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