I usually cook for the day early in the morning. One morning a couple of weeks back I walked into the pantry for dal to get the pressure cooker going. I realized I did not have enough toor dal. So I got together a bunch of different dals and made a family favorite, Mixed Dal Ambti.
I used a little of a whole lot of different dals - toor, channa, urad, mung and masoor. Each dal on its own is very flavorful. But together it tastes really great. If you have not tried using multiple dals in one dish yet, you are missing out.
You will need
2 cups combination of dals, I used toor, channa, urad, mung and masoor
1 tomato, diced
1 handful baby kale leaves, diced
1 tbsp oil, I used olive oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafeotida
1 tbsp rasam powder or garam masala
salt to taste
Paprika or cayenne pepper to taste
Pressure the dals in a pressure cooker. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they sizzle add the asafoetida and turmeric powder. Next add the tomato, kale and the masala powder. Add 1/2 cup of water. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
Next add the cooked dal and more water if needed. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and paprika and let it simmer for another minute. Turn off the heat and serve with rice or poli.
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