Bhaja muger dal
Indian Bengali Vegetarian Dals
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:02:53 AM. Recipe ID 26551. Report a problem with this recipe.
Title: Bhaja muger dal
Categories: Main dish, Indian, Bengali, Vegetarian
Yield: 4 Servings
1 c Yellow split mung beans
5 c Water
1/4 ts Turmeric
2 ea Green chiles
3/4 ts Salt
1 ts Sugar
2 ts Cumin, ground
2 ts Coriander, ground
1 1/2 tb Vegetable oil
1 ea Bay leaf
1/2 ts Kalonji seeds
3 tb Ginger, minced
1 ts Green chile, seeded & minced
1/4 ts Garam masala
2 tb Lemon -=OR=- lime juice
Green chile, slivered, for
Place mung beans on ungreased griddle or in a skillet over medium to
medium-low heat. Stirring often, roast the dal for 8 to 10 minutes.
The dal will acquire a lighter colour & emit a nutty aroma. Be
careful that they do not turn a dark brown. Transfer to a bowl &
wash if desired.
Bring water to a boil & stir in the dal along with the turmeric &
whole chiles. Simmer, covered, until the dal is tender, 35 to 45
minutes. While cooking, uncover & stir occasionally. Add salt,
sugar, cumin & coriander. Keep warm.
Heat oil in a skillet. Add bay leaf & kalonji & fry for a few
seconds. Add ginger & minced green chile & fry until the ginger is
lightly browned which should be no more than 2 minutes. Stir
constantly. Pour into the dal & mix well. Simmer for a further
couple of minutes & remove from heat. Blend in the garam masala,
lemon or lime juice & ghee if desired. Cover & let stand to let the
flavours develop. Garnish & serve.
Bharti Kirchner, "The Healthy Cuisine of India: Recipes from the
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