This is a very comforting dal for a cold day. Urad dal is stickier and heavier than other dals, so this is a thick-style dal. Serve with fresh phulkas with some chopped onion, tomato, and cucumber (kheera) salad on the side for crunch.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the lentils into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak 4 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.

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  • Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat; cook the onion, green chile peppers, garlic, and ginger in the hot oil until the onions are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the lentils into the onion mixture with 1 cup water; season with salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir the tomato, garam masala, and turmeric into the mixture. Cook until the lentils are cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Garnish with the cilantro to serve.

Nutrition Facts

277.2 calories; 13.8 g protein; 39.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 31.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
This was absolutely delicious! Even my picky eaters loved it. My only change was to use two hungarian green peppers (less hot than other peppers) because my girls don't like it too spicy. I also made my own Garam Masala blend (2 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoon black pepper 3 teaspoon ground cumin 3 teaspoon ground coriander and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves). Mix those well and use amount called for in recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2011
Good...but nothing special. Darn. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
This was absolutely delicious! Even my picky eaters loved it. My only change was to use two hungarian green peppers (less hot than other peppers) because my girls don't like it too spicy. I also made my own Garam Masala blend (2 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoon black pepper 3 teaspoon ground cumin 3 teaspoon ground coriander and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves). Mix those well and use amount called for in recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2009
This dal tastes better if you add 2tbsps of curd and 1 tbsp of cream to it.serve it with plain paratha or simple pea pulav. chhaya cstopre Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2010
We enjoyed this. I also tried it with the 2 tbsp curd (yogurt in my case) and 1 tbsp cream suggested by the other reviewer and they added a nice creaminess to the lentils. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
DELICIOUS. I used red lentils (all I had) and about 3 cups water. I doubled the spices and added 1 bullion cube. Will definitely be making again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
This was very good and flavorful though I found 4 chilies were hot enough for us. So next time I will use 2 or 3 chilies instead. Thanks for your wonderful Indian dishes Susmita. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2011
Good...but nothing special. Darn. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2016
Thoughts: I thought this was a flavorful dish. I used the Kashmiri Garam Masala recipe from food.com for the spice and serrano peppers for the chilis when making this. I used 2 times the amount of tumeric and garam masala this recipe asked for. Question that came to mind: Should I be simmering the onions and peppers long enough to make them super soft that they dissolve into the dish? I can tell I'm biting into tomatoes and urad dals but am I suppose to be biting into onions and peppers too? Or are they only for flavor? Request: Can more people post pictures of this dish? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2014
All the grown ups at the table loved it. I ate it with some sour cream on the side but it didn't need it. Very good comfort food indeed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2015
Great healthy recipe. The whole family liked it. I used 1/2 tsp. salt and might use a little bit more next time. I served it with brown basmati as I didn't have any of the breads on hand. UPDATE: I didn't have green chili so I used a 1/2 Tbs. chili powder and 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes (for a 6 serving portion). Upped salt to 1tsp. Great again over quinoa this time. Thank you! Read More
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