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The Dal tadka is a regular feature for most of us while eating out at a Punjabi restaurant. However few of us realize that this dish can be prepared with ease in your very own kitchen at nearly one-fifth the price. Made with split red lentils this creamy, rich and smooth dal is tempered with Punjabi spices and ghee. It makes the perfect accompaniment to rice or Rotis.
- Clean, wash and soak both the dals in water for 20 minutes.
- Drain, add the green chillies, ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water and pressure cook till the dals are tender.
- Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
- Remove the green chillies and discard them. Whisk so as to mash the dals. Keep aside.
- For the tempering, heat the ghee in a deep pan and add the mustard seeds and nigella seeds. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the red chilli and onions and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
- Add the tomatoes and sauté for 3-4 minutes or till the mixture leaves oil.
- Add the dals, mix well and bring to boil. Serve hot garnished with coriander and butter.
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