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Vata - Pacifying recipe : Moong Dal

The humble and bland little bean is your passport to enjoy the rich and exotic flavors of India. Moong dal is a adaptable bean that absorbs flavors of other spices and herbs, retaining their purity and vibrancy. While it fills your belly you'll also enjoy many health and nutritional benefits.

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Ingredients (2-3 people):

1 cup of moong dal (yellow split lentils)

3 cups of water

1 tsp of turmeric powder

Salt to taste

1 big tbsp of ghee

1 tsp of cumin seeds

½ tsp of mustard seeds

5 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 dried red chilies (if you like it spicy)

5 curry leaves

1 pinch of hing (asafoetida)

2 medium chopped tomatoes

Optional: ½ tsp of garam masala powder and fresh, chopped cilantro

1. Put the dal with 3 cups of water in a pot. Add turmeric powder, salt and stir well.

2. Let cook for around 20-25 minutes. The dal should be soft. Adjust the consistency according to your taste.

3. In a pan, heat the ghee on medium heat. When it is hot, add the cumin and mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds pop.

4. Now put the garlic and chilies. Sauté until the garlic becomes light brown.

5. Add the curry leaves and sauté for few seconds. Add hing and the onions.

6. When the onions are light brown in colour, add the tomatoes. Let cook until the tomatoes are soft and mushy.

7. Add the dal and pour water over it. Bring it to boil and let cook until the consistency is as you like. You may want to add more water.

8. Optional: add garam masala and chopped cilantro to garnish

Enjoy ! :)

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