Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal


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Kottu Dal is a comforting dal recipe made of masoor dal, tempered traditionally and mixed with coconut milk. The coconut milk is what gives this famous Sri Lankan dal a soothing flavour, while a dash of lemon juice added before serving gives a tangy twist to it.

Soak the dal for half an hour before cooking in order to get the correct consistency and texture.

This dish can be enjoyed with plain Rice . For a complete meal combo serve along with Rotis , Subzis and some Kachumber .

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Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal recipe - How to make Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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3/4 cup masoor dal (split red lentil) soaked for 30 minutes and drained
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  1. Combine the dal, turmeric powder and little salt along with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Whisk the dal using a whisk and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and chilli powder and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  5. Add the cooked dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the coconut milk, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Switch off the flame, add the lemon juice, mix well and serve hot.

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Kottu (Sri Lankan Dal)
 on 02 Jan 16 05:05 PM

Kottu. .. smooth dal.. with..coconut milk.. which gives a nice creamy taste.. All in my family has loved this dal.. really worth trying...
Kottu (Sri Lankan Dal)
 on 13 Sep 12 10:23 AM

Masoor dal cooked with coconut milk makes a lovely dal. My 10 year daughter had 3 cups of this dal.