Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brown Lentils with Black Cardamom

Brown Lentils / Kala Masoor Dal - 1 cup
Water - 2 1/2 cups
White Onion - 1/3 cup, finely chopped
Cumin Seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Green Chili - a couple, finely chopped
Black Cardamom - 2 pods, using a mortar and pestle roughly crush the seeds
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder - a pinch, use only if green chili doesn't have much heat
Oil - 2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tsp

Cilantro and sliced Red Onion for serving

In a small pressure cooker, heat the oil and ghee together. Add cumin seeds, green chili and crushed cardamom seeds.

Then add the chopped onion and cook till soft.

Add the washed lentils and some salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. You can add a little sprinkle of ginger powder and cumin powder if desired, but not necessary. Then add the water, close cooker and cook over low heat for 2 full pressure whistles.

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve hot with sliced red onion and lemon.

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