Arhar Dal/Toor (split pigeon peas) -1/2 Small cup
Water-4 small cups (same cup as above!)
Turmeric (Haldi) powder-1/2 tea spoon
Salt–1/2 tea spoon or to taste
Cumin-whole (Jeera)– 1/2 tea spoon
Desi Ghee (clarified butter)-1 tea spoon
Fresh Coriander (optional)
Wash the Arhar Dal and put it in the pressure cooker with water, haldi, salt, and chopped tomato. Close the lid with weight and let it come to full pressure (i.e. when the weight lifts and there is a whistling sound). Thereafter reduce the flame to minimum and let it cook for 5 minutes. Turn the gas off and let the cooker cool down. Take a tempering pan and add the desi ghee. When it warms up, add the whole cumin till it splutters. Please ensure that the cumin doesn’t burn and only turns brown. Add this to the dal.
Your simple Arhar Dal is ready. If you want, you may add some chopped fresh coriander leaves to the same and serve.
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