1 cup Thoor dhal
2 teaspoons Oil
1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
One Onion medium sized – diced, not too small.
2 Tomatoes – diced, not too small
1/2-tablespoon Jeera (cumin) seeds
1 teaspoon Dhania powder - Dhania roasted and powdered
1 teaspoon Cumin powder (optional)
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2-1 teaspoon Ginger paste (optional)
A few Green Chillies (depending on how hot you want the dhal fry)
A few Curry leaves and handful of Cilantro.
Lime Juice – (According to your taste)
Cook Dhal and keep separately. Heal oil and add mustard seeds, after it sputters, add Jeera, ginger paste, curry leaves and green chilies. Then, add onion and sauté. When it’s done, add tomatoes and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the cumin powder, dhania powder, turmeric and salt. Stir for 5 minutes or until these blends in. Now add the cooked dhal. Stir well. If you want the dhal to be a little sourer, add lime and stir. Garnish with cilantro. This dhal fry can be served with Rice or Chapathis.
1. This dhal fry can be made even without onion. Just saute tomatoes and add other ingredients.
2. Do not boil the Dhal after its been added. Just stir till it mixes well.
3. You can use red chillie powder instead of green chillies.