Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mango Dal / curry with Lentils and Mango

 I was told by one of my friend to taste this dish from any Andra Style Indian Restaurant , they will have this dish in their buffet menu for sure , as its a popular dish in the state of Andra pradesh in South India.
Combination of that piquant flavor of Raw mangoes goes good with the nutty flavor of lentils.

An easy and nutritious side dish with steaming hot Rice.

Original recipe from blog


Toor Dal / split Pigeon pea - 1/2 cup
Raw Mango - 1/2 cup (peeled and chopped)
Onion - 1 medium
Green chili's - 2 to 3 no's slit
Tomatoes - 1 medium (Optional )
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped
Salt to taste
Water - 1 to 2 cups depending on how thick you want it to be) I used less

For seasoning / Tadka 

Oil - 2 Tb sp (vegetable oil)
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 3 to 4 no's chopped
Dry Red chili's - 2 to 3 crushed (optional)
Curry Leaves - 2 springs - I didn't have :(


* Pressure cook dal with all the other ingredients (other than for seasoning) until 2 whistle's heard.
   If not using a pressure cooker , soak dal for sometime (half an hour) and cook with enough water till nicely done. cooker as always saves time :)

* Heat oil in a pan , pop mustard seeds and cumin seeds , add then garlic , red chili's and curry leaves saute for a few seconds and pour this tadka /seasoning to the cooked dal/Lentil mixture.

* Add salt , and adjust water as you wish , may add more water to make it thin or boil for some more time till its thick in consistency.

*Serve hot with Rice or chapathi /Indian bread , they have it with rice though.

Only after coming to US , I could see some of nature's wonder's like snow - which we never have in south India , and also Hailstones - though we have it , its rare and I have never seen it in my place , we had it here yesterday....enjoyed it as we enjoy rain in our place ...
louder than that usual heavy rain that we have in Kerala.

Need to improve in photography I know :)

Notes :
         If the Mango is not sour , the curry may not come out well , hence try this curry with sour mangoes.
        Other alternative is to add some lime juice after switching off the heat.


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