Fig.1 Masoor Amti
I find these typical recipes very convenient. It's quite amazing how simple some of the preparations are. Very little time required for prep-work too.
Masoor dal - 1 cup
Fresh grated coconut - 2 table spoons
Onion - 2 chopped (used in parts)
Tamarind paste - 1 teaspoon
Amti powder - 1 teaspoon
(Amti powder is like garam masala. I presently use a treasured stash from my Grandma's kitchen. You can get it at Mangalore stores or some such Kanara grocery store in India. Sometime in future I will see if I can post a recipe for amti powder. For now I am posting here a link to Amti powder as posted by Nupur on One Hot Stove.)
Red chilly powder - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 2 teaspoons
Salt to taste
1) Soak masoor dal for 1 - 4hrs. Pressure cook. Mash a bit, add salt and keep aside.
2) Fry fresh grated coconut (which itself contains some oil) till light brown.
3) Add 1 or 1&1/2 chopped onion and saute well.
4) Grind the fried mixture with tamarind paste.
5) Take cooked masoor in a deep pot. Add amti powder, chilly powder, salt, ground mixture and water (enough to get dal-like consistency) and cook till the dal reaches a rolling boil.
6) In a separate small frying pan (or a tadka pan) heat 1-2 teaspoons of oil, and fry the remaining chopped onions till they are slightly brown (caramelised).
7) Now add the fried onion and its oil, as seasoning to above cooked dal. Briefly mix, and you are done!
Note: I have added about 1/2 of a bottle gourd (lauki) chopped into cubes to the dal itself while it was cooking in the pressure cooker (in step 1).. just cos it was sitting in my fridge. You could add suitable veggies to your liking.
I just heard about the Delicious Dals event hosted by Suma at Veggie Platter. So I am sending this dal to her event roundup.
Ok, that's all.. see you all soon!