Hi, Ray here again.
I didn’t do a recipe review last week. My girlfriend read what I’d written in my review of the Chicken and Mushroom Pulao Curry and decided that I should make it again so that she could taste it. So I made it again and, thankfully, it was a big hit.
So this week I scanned the great Curry Focus recipes for a good dal recipe. The website has some good dal recipes and this time I chose the Gujarati Toor Dal.
I soaked the dal for two hours before getting it to simmer for about 25 minutes. I’ve been told that the dal should not be soaked for more than two hours because it tends to soften a bit. The cooking time for the first phase of the dal varies depending on how gentle the simmering is.
Then I added the tomatoes and spices before adding a little hot water to thin the dal.
Then I heated the mustard seeds and added the cumin seeds, asafoetida (hing) and curry leaves before covering the pan and going on to the spectacular part of the cooking, which was pouring a cup of dal from the main saucepan to the saucepan with the mustard seeds. With a hot hissing noise, a great cloud of steam rose from the pan before I got the lid back on. Spectacular. I heeded the warning about being careful and there was no problem. I added a second cup of dal to the smaller saucepan but no steam this time.
Then everything was poured back into the large saucepan again and then in went the tamarind paste, coriander and cumin powders, along with the raw sugar.
Finally, I gently boiled the dal for about 15 minutes until it got to the consistency that I liked.
The basmati rice was ready at about the same time as the dal and I served up the meal to the waiting diners with a garnish of chopped fresh coriander and a side plate of roti (which I had bought earlier and quickly microwaved while the dal was finishing its cooking).
And what was the verdict? Just great! This is a really delightful dal with a lovely taste. The only work that the diners had to do was pick out the curry leaves as they were eating the dal – not too hard to do.
Everyone enjoyed the dal and it received an average score of 8 out of 10 with a spice rating of medium.
If you like dal (and who doesn’t?) then you should give this easy recipe a try. You’ll have a delicious meal.