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Dal is a staple dish from Indian cuisine. Dal is a simple, comforting and nutritious dish made with lentils and spices.
Today I am sharing the broccoli dal recipe which can be eaten with roti or chapathi or rice.
What is Dal?
In India Dal is referred in two different ways. Dal can be the dry legumes or pulses. Dal is also a gravy dish made with lentils, onion, tomato and spices.
The Dal we get in restaurants here in U.S is just one of the many ways of making dal. Each region in India have their won variations of Dal.
Whatever the method is unlike many of the recipes from the Indian cuisine, dal uses minimal ingredients. Cooked dal is simmered in a tadka (a tempering of hot oil ans spices) until it becomes soft and creamy. Dal is the most comforting and loved dish in the Indian sub continent.
Today I am sharing the recipe of broccoli dal. Not the typical vegetable used in India, but trust me the recipe works.Just make not to over cook the Broccoli.
Serve this nutritious dal with some sabzi (vegetable fry) on the side, pickle, roti and chapathi. Makes for a comforting weeknight meal.
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How to make Broccoli Dal:
Prep time : 10 min | Cook time : 25 min | Serves: 4 Ingredients:
- Toor dal- 1/2 cup
- Broccoli florets- 1 1/2 cups
- Small onion- 1
- Tomato -2
- Green chilly – 3
- Ginger- 1/2 inch
- Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
- Curry leaves – 8 to 10
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Asafatedia ( hing) – two pinches
- Turmeric powder- 1/4 th tsp
- Oil – 2 tsps
- Sugar/jaggery – 1/4th tsp
- Water- about 2 to 2.5 cups
- Salt to taste
- Lemon juice to taste
Pressure cook the toor dal with two cups of water until soft. Lightly smash the dal. Set a side.
Cutting broccoli- finely chop the stems, cut few small broccoli florets and few big florets.
That way some of the stems and small florets can be incorporated in the dal and you can get the flavor and taste of broccoli.
Slit the green chilly, dice the onion. grate the ginger and chop the tomato.
Finely Chop the curry leaves, rather than leaving them whole. This way the curry leaves can blend in the dal and we get to enjoy all the goodness curry leaves have to give. Heat oil in and add the mustard seed. Let pop.
Add cumin seeds, green chilly, curry leaves and ginger. Sauté for few seconds.
Add the onion, broccoli stems, turmeric and a pinch of salt. Sauté for five minutes.
Add the tomato and cook till mushy. Add the broccoli florets and cook for few minutes.
Add in the cooked dal with the water, salt, coriander powder, lemon juice and a pinch of sugar.
Adjust the amount of water depending on how thick or thin you prefer your dal.
Combine well and simmer for another ten minutes.
Enjoy with roti or rice.