Monday, 23 May 2011

Methi-Toordal Curry

This is my Mom's recipe. All in my house love this dish and won't need any side dish when its prepared. I love this soooooo much that, whenever i go to market first thing to buy is methi. Toordal is main and must ingredent for this one. This dish is dedicated to my mom.

Toor dal – 1 handful(i.e about 4 tablespoon)
Methi – 1 bunch
Onion – 1 large finely chopped(optional)
Tomato – 1 chopped
Turmeric powder – ½ tspn
Cumin and mustard seeds – 1 tspn
Garam Masala- 1 tspn
Red chilli powder – ½ tspn
Salt to taste
Sugar- ½ tspn
Oil 2 tbspn or ghee

Preparation method:
  • Clean the methi from the bunch, wash it and chop roughly. Keep aside.
  • Pressure cook toordal. Or you can choose your way of boiling them. Keep aside.
  • In a sauce pan, heat oil or ghee and add Cumin–Mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
  • Add onion and fry till golden brown.
  • Add tomato, sugar and salt. Mix well and stir for 1 min and cover it with lid and cook for 1-2 min.(this will help cook tomato and you can mash them up easily by pressing with the back of the spoon).
  • Now mash the tomatoes, add garam masala, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and methi.
  • Mix well and keep frying for 2-3 mins. That is till the methi is softened.
  • Now add toordal and mix well.
  • Add lemon juice if required.(to give the tangy flavour)
  • Taste it and add salt, sugar or chilli powder if required
Serving Suggestions:
Serve hot with chapatti with some raitha. Click here for different healthy raitha recipes.

Things to be considered:
  1. Don’t cook the methi too much as it may loose its nutrients.
  2. Don’t under cook the dal as this may cause indigestion. All dals must be cooked well to digest properly. Otherwise may cause gas in the stomach.
  3. Always check for right quantity of salt and chilli powder.
  4. The lemon juice added at the end will give nice tangy taste to the dish which is awesome. If you feel its too lemony then add more sugar.
  5. You may add chopped green chilli if you need hot curry.

1 comment:

Suma Gandlur said...

That's what I call comfort food. Thanks Vaishnavi for sending over this yummy dal.


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