I remember my childhood days when my dearest Mom would prepare Plain White Rice, Mitthi Dal and Tamatay Gosht.. Oh yummy! I miss my Ammi terribly whenever I prepare this combination in my house. This used to be a regular combination for the Sundays lunch during my childhood in India, and we never felt tired of it anytime, it was such delicious and comforting.
Tuvar Dal (Yellow Lentils/Pigeon Pea)
You can enoy this dal along with rice and tamatay gosht as said above for a meal, or you could also enjoy it for the breakfast. Just tear up a few Phulkas or Parathas and soak them into the dal in individual plates and serve warm. We even enjoy Mitthi Dal as a soup in crispy cold winters, or when down with flu.
‘Mitthi Dal’ means ‘Sweet Dal’. There’s no sugar added to the dal here, but the subtle sweetness of the dal is enhanced by the caramelized onions. Red chilli powder is not added, instead green chillies are used.
Mitthi Dal – Sweet Yellow Lentils Stew
Tuvar Dal (Yellow Lentils/Pigeon Pea) -1 cup
Salt – 1 3/4 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1, medium sized, finely sliced
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Small Green chillies – 3, slit lengthwise
Fresh Cilantro+Mint leaves – 1/2 cup, washed and finely chopped
Mitthi Dal -Yellow Lentils Stew
1. Wash and soak the dal in surplus water for about 2-3 hours.
2. Drain the water from the dal and add 3 cups fresh water and salt, green chillies, turmeric and pressure cook it till soft.
3. Pour the softened dal with the water in a blender container and blend it till its smooth. You can also blend it using a hand blender or just whisk until smooth. Add more water if needed to blend.
4. Pour it back into the pressure cooker and let it cook on medium heat. Add warm water to make it into a pouring consistency.
5. Meanwhile prepare baghaar or the tempering in a pan, pour oil and fry the sliced onions till they are browned, and crisp. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry it along for 2-3 minutes. Add the contents of the pan to the dal along with the oil and stir well.
7. Add the chopped cilantro and mint and bring it to a boil once. Serve warm.
Suggested Accompaniments: Rice or Roti and a Vegetarian or Non-vegetarian Side dish. I usually enjoy it along with Plain rice and Tamatay Gosht, or just as a soup in chilly winter season.