Monday, May 13, 2013

Dal With Spring Onions/ Lentils And Green Shallots

          Spring Onions/ Green Shallots/ Vengaya Thaal, till some time back, I had used this vegetable only in Chinese dishes, I'll buy a bunch, use a little for a fried rice or noodles and the rest, most of the time, will end up in the trash can. But of late, I have started using it in other dishes, today's dal being one of them. The spring onions give such a nice flavor to this dal, very easy to make and makes a nice side dish for both rice and rotis..

Need To Have

  • Lentils/ Dal - 1/2 cup ( a mix of tuvar dal, chana dal and moong dal )
  • Spring Onions - 11/2 cup, chopped
  • Tomato - 1, chopped
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt - to taste

Tuvar Dal - Split Pigeon Peas
Chana Dal - Bengal Gram, Split Chickpeas
Moong Dal - Husked, Split Green Gram


          Pressure cook the dal/ lentils with the turmeric powder and water. Heat some oil, add the cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds, when it starts sizzling, add the asafoetida, followed by the spring onions. Saute it well till you get a nice aroma.

          Now add the red chilly powder, coriander powder, tomatoes and salt, keep sauteing till the tomatoes turn mushy ( if it sticks to the pan, sprinkle some water ). Now add about a cup of water, bring it to a boil and let it simmer for sbout 5 minutes on reduced heat. Serve it, garnished with the green part of the spring onions.

If you don't have a pressure cooker, soak the lentils for an hour and cook it in a regular pot.
You can also add some chopped garlic, but I wanted this dal to just have the unique flavor of the spring onions.
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  1. so delicious and tasty dal !!

  2. Wow.. Such a tempting & mouthwatering dal Hema.. I am unable to take my eyes from your irresistible click :-)

  3. Wow that sounds super flavorful :) Yum!! Must try this :)

  4. this is one of those soul food recipe sorts Hema with all that added flavor of green shallots and spring onions

  5. Any way to substitute fenugreek seeds? My partner hates them and won't like it. Should ground one work?

    ♡ rika, vegan miam

    1. Can use the powder or you can leave it out also..

  6. pretty cool recipe..awesome..

  7. Sounds very interesting Hema, dal with spring onions-haven;t tried this combo..would like to try it soon..dal looks so yumm, perfect with rotis n rice!

  8. OMG ! Its tempting me badly...

  9. fabulous idea... healthy and delicious...

  10. Bowl of goodness Hema.I am totally tempted with the combo.Would love to try this.

  11. Delicious dal,loved the spring onion flavour in it...

  12. Dal with springonion??Interesting gonna try this dal

  13. yumm yumm dal. great for rotis and simple too. Hema... do drop by my pick quicks blog too when u get the time.

  14. The dal looks deliciously creamy and beautiful with a dash of green. well done!

  15. Another flavorful and comforting dish,yum dal

  16. I love spring onion dal! Never combined the 3 dals though! Shall try it soon hema!