Dal Moth Veggie Combo

20140924_202327This is yet another ‘everyday’ dish one can make quickly. After a tiring day at work, the last thing one wants is to set up an elaborate menu, even if to make a rather ‘sumptous’ picture for this blog.
Today, it was the turn of Dal Moth beans, a highly-nutritious dish made in different styles over India. The only time-consuming part of the preparation is that the Dal has to be soaked in fresh water for at least four hours.
Take one large onion, a few cloves of garlic, one tomato, a finger length of ginger, two to three green chilli’s and grind it into a fine paste in a blender. Fry this in a pressure cooker for five to 10 minutes in two tablespoons oil until it starts to turn brown. Put in the soaked Dal and stir for around 10 minutes. Add salt, a teaspoon each of red chilli powder and turmeric and half teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder. I also added hall a teaspoon of garam masala to give it that extra kick.
When done, pressure cook for 15 minutes, or until there are three ‘whistles’. Remove from flame. The dish is done.20140924_203422

For the vegetables, take small quantities of cauliflower, carrot, capsicum and beans and lightly fry in a tablespoon of oil. Add salt, a few chilli flakes, black pepper powder a pinch of coriander powder. Stir constantly for five minutes and cover for another five over a low flame. This is then done.

Separately, boil a cup of rice and add a pinch of saffron powder. Also add some mustard seeds (split). Garnish with a little vegetable oil sprinkled with garam masala.

Enjoy the Dal Moth, veggies and saffron rice combo. Make some rotis (flatbread) if time (and inclination) permits.


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