Kali Dal /Beluga Lentils#EarthDay

This Dal is known as Beluga lentils or  black lentils in English.
Made this dal for lunch with a twist. Tasted awesome and delicious.  This requires patience to cook and saute it on low flame.  If you have a slow cooker then use it to  make this dal. 

1/2 Cup Sabut Urad Dal/Beluga Lentils
1/2 Cup Red Rajma Beans/Kidney Beans
2 Medium Onions - finely chopped
3 Tablespoons Tomato puree
2 Inch Piece of Ginger  - finely chopped

5 Cloves Garlic - finely chopped
1/4  Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon Coriander powder
1 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
1 Teaspoon Kitchen King Masala
Salt to taste
2 Tablespoons Oil
For the Tadka 
2  Tablespoons Oil 
2 Tablespoons Desi Ghee
3 Clove Garlic - lightly mashed - optional
1  Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1/2  Teaspoon Asafoetida / Hing
2 Dry Red Chillies
1 Teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chilly powder
For Garnishing
2 -3 Tablespoons Fresh Cream
2 -3 Tablespoons Coriander Leaves - chopped

Clean, wash  sabut urad dal by rubbing it with your hands to remove the black water, at least for 5 - 6  times.  Wash the  rajma beans to well.  Then soak  them overnight.

Next morning again rinse it 3 -4 times in running  water. Take the sabut urad dal on to plate and clean it - i.e to remove the dal has not puffed up/  the hard ones.
Cook the dal and rajma together for at least 10 to 15 minutes  in sufficient water ( 4 - 5 Cups) after the whistle on low flame .  When cooker cools on its own, open it and lightly mash it with then back of the spoon or a vegetable  masher, it should be absolutely soft, easy to mash. Add water if  it's too thick.
In a large pot / vessel heat 2 tablespoons oil,  add onions,  ginger, garlic, and saute till golden. Now add  the tomato puree 1/4 cup water and the dry spices - turmeric, chilly, coriander and kitchen king powder and salt to taste, saute these till oil separates.  Add the dal and If its runny, don't worry, the water will evaporate during further cooking.
Put the dal to cook on  very low flame. Stir the dal regularly as urad dal tends to stick very fast at the bottom. Taste for salt and basic flavors.  Let this simmer on low flame for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Keep stirring the dal in between by scraping it till bottom with a spatula. 
Meanwhile, let's prepare Tadka.
Heat oil + ghee in a pan. Add garlic, cook till it becomes a light brown , but stir continuously for even browning.  Add cumin seeds and dry red chillies let it sizzle.
Take off the flame. Add asafoetida  and  chilly powder.
Mix well. 

To Serve
Transfer dal to a serving bowl.
Pour beaten cream.
Then the tadka. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice. 
We had the remaining with rotis for our dinner and it tasted even more good!  

Labels : Sabut Urad Dal, Beluga Lentils, Vegetables, Main course, Punjab, Healthy, Earth Day, Vegetarian

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  1. I'm loving all the spices in this dish, it sounds really tasty.

  2. I've never had any of these dishes but they look so satisfying! I love soups and broth based dishes and lentils!

  3. Love beluga lentils. Will have to try this recipe.

  4. YUM! I loveeee lentils, this looks great.