Black Bean Dal

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Black Bean Dal

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Black Bean Dal recipe - How to make Black Bean Dal

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1 cup black beans , soaked overnight and drained
salt to taste
a pinch of soda bi-carb
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp finely chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp finely chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
salt to taste
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tbsp fresh cream

For The Garnish
a sprig of coriander (dhania)

  1. Combine the black beans, salt, soda bi-carb and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Do not drain the water and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the garlic, ginger and green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and 1 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the cooked dal (including the water), mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the coriander and fresh cream, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 more minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve hot garnished with a sprig of coriander.