Lemony masoor dal with vegetables

I love dals with lemon juice. Latha’s lemon rasam has been a great hit at my home. We also love dali thoy with some lemon juice on top. I want to slowly increase the usage of lemon and decrease  tamarind and tomato in my cooking. Lets see how that goes.

This dal is inspired by Sanjeev Kapoor’s Dal bahar recipe that I had seen few years ago on TV. I replaced toor dal with masoor dal(the red colored split masoor dal) since I wanted some change from “friendly neighborhood dal” – toor dal. We both love the taste of this dal. It is very mild but very tasty. It is one of those, which you go on and on and on eating even after your rice is done :).

In the above picture, you cannot actually see any other vegetables except drum sticks. Wonder where they disappeared, I blame it on gravity. They must have sunk to the bottom :).

Sending this to EC’s AFAM lemon.

2/3 cup toor dal or masoor dal
1 cup vegetables – green beans, carrots, drum sticks, cauliflower (I use avrekaLu also)
1/4 cup onions(optional)
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
5-6 curry leaves
1 tea spn fresh ginger-garlic paste
4 green chillies
1/2 tea spn chilli powder (I didn’t use this)
A pinch turmeric
3-4 strands coriander leaves
1 tbl spn lemon juice

Soak dal in water for about 30mins.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add cumin seeds. Add curry leaves, green chilies, ginger garlic paste, onions. Fry till the onions turn brownish. Then add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, dal, vegetables and cook till done(this can be cooked in pressure cooker to save time). Add coriander leaves, lemon juice. Cook for few minutes. Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins


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