Monday, January 17, 2011

Zucchini and bell pepper dal

I like to combine lentils with some vegetable as it brings 2 things into one dish so more nutrition, taste and less work! In India I made ridge gourd with lentils which my kids really relished.So here I tried it with zucchini and it was loved by my family.I team it with some rice and salad or even a hot roti is lovely with this dal.Thin it a bit and it could be eaten almost like soup.
Red lentils(lal masoor)     100 gms
zucchini chopped             500 gms
sliced red bell peppers     1 no
chopped onions               1 no
chopped tomatoes           2 nos
chopped garlic                 1 tbsp
chopped ginger                1 tsp
lime juice                          1 tbsp
ghee                                1 tbsp
cumin                               1 tsp
hing                                  1/4 tsp
haldi                                1 tsp
chilli powder                     1 tsp
coriander powder            1 tsp
salt to taste
browned roasted onions    1/2 bowl

Wash and soak the lentils.Heat ghee ,put in hing and jeera and let them splutter.Add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute.Add the onions and let them cook till slightly golden.Add the zucchini and cook till golden.Put in red bell peppers and turn them around for a while.Add the chopped tomatoes and cook.Put in haldi, coriander powder, chilli powder and salt.Put in dal and add about 2 cups water.Cover and cook till the dal is cooked and make sure the vegetables are not over cooked.Adjust the consistency of water.Add the lime juice.Pour into a bowl and top with browned roasted onions.Serve hot.

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