Total Calories: 95
1. Heat the oil in a medium cast-iron or nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat, add the dals and onion, and stir constantly over medium-low heat until fragrant and well roasted, about 5 minutes. Mix in the ginger and garlic, then the coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, asafoetida, and salt, and stir about 30 seconds.
2. Transfer to a pressure cooker, add 4 cups water. Secure the lid and cook over high heat until the regulator indicates high pressure, then cook 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and allow the pot to depressurize on its own, 12 to 15 minutes. Carefully open the lid and check to see if the dal is very soft and cream if not, add the remaining 1 cup water, cover, bring up to high pressure, and cook under high pressure about 30 seconds. Or cover and boil until soft, about 30 minutes.
3. Uncover and simmer over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, then remove to a serving dish, cover, and keep warm.
4. Heat the oil (or ghee) in a small saucepan and cook the green chili peppers about 30 seconds. Add the cumin seeds they should sizzle upon contact with the hot oil. Remove from the heat, add the paprika, and add the tarka to the cooked dal. Swirl lightly to mix, with parts of it visible as a garnish, and serve.
From "1,000 Indian Recipes." Copyright 2002 by Neelam Batra. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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