Raw mango dal with chana lentils
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I use ginger garlic paste in a lot of dishes. I peel ginger an garlic. I grind with little salt and turmeric powder. Salt and turmeric acts as preservative. All natural. This paste stays fresh in refrigerator for unto 6 months. Use when you need.
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup - split chana lentils (Split Bengal Gram dal).
  • 1 green raw mango.
  • 1 onion
  • Cilantro
  • Salt
  • For tampering
  • 2 tbsp - your choice oil. I prefer coconut oil.
  • 5-8 - green or red chillies
  • ½ tsp - cumin (jeera)
  • ¼ tsp - black mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig - curry leaves
  • ½ tsp - ginger garlic paste
  • ⅛th tsp - turmeric powder.
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ¼th tsp - fresh ground coriander powder - optional.
  • ¼th tsp - chilli powder - optional
  1. Soak chana lentils for at-least 15 minutes. Chana lentils need more cooking time compared to toor dal.
  2. Cut raw mango into cubes. I don't peel skin. Skin add lot of fiber. Keep seed. There is a lot of mango flesh on seed which is good to lick.
  3. Cut onion into cubes.
  4. Add mango and onion to soaked dal.
  5. Cook in a pressure cooker for 5 whistles. Or cook in a pot till soft. I never cooked in pot so not sure how long it takes. Keep checking if lentils are soft.
  6. When they are soft, add salt. Stir.
  7. In a small pot, prepare for tampering.
  8. Add oil to pot, heat to medium.
  9. Add red chillies. If you are not using red chillies, skip. Add mustard seeds, when they start spluttering, add cumin. Fry till golden brown.
  10. Add green chillies, curry leaves, diced garlic cloves.
  11. Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder.
  12. Turn off heat.
  13. Optionally to add kick, add chilli powder and coriander powder. I always add kick.
  14. Immediately while oil is hot, add hot mixture to dal. After adding, add some dal to pot and add it back in dal. This technique is called deglazing. When you add dal to hot pot, dal sticks to bottom. This hard dal is so intense in flavor. It adds lot of flavor and taste to dal.
  15. Garnish with cilantro.
  16. Serve with rice or roti
Recipe by Ujwala's Delicacies at http://www.ujwalasdelicacies.com/raw-mango-dal-with-chana-lentils/