A quick lentil stew/soup with yellow lentils and some veggies. I made this with carrots and zucchini once, and with carrots and Brussels sprouts a week later. You can use any quick cooking lentils. If using split pigeon peas or green or yellow peas, add 5-10 minutes more of cooking time.
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I like a simple browned garlic tempering on the yellow lentils. A few spices and tomatoes make up the rest of the tadka.
Also, some other ways to use Brussels sprouts.. Bread them! and eat them as is as a snack or add them to your favorite pasta. or Curry them up in your favorite curry like the tomato onion here.
Ingredients: Serves 2
1/2 cup yellow mung lentils or pink lentils(split skinless mung bean or red lentil), washed and soaked for atleast half an hour
1.5 -2 cups water (1.5 for thicker consistency)
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup chopped or grated zucchini
or 1/4 cup chopped Brussels sprouts
2 teaspoons organic canola oil or any organic oil with high smoke point
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds(Raee)
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds(Saunf)
5-6 curry leaves
a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 green chili chopped or to taste(or red chili flakes)
3 medium garlic cloves chopped or minced
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 medium tomato chopped
In a deep pan or pressure cooker, add oil and heat on medium
Add mustard seeds an wait for them to sputter.
Add the asafoetida, fennel seeds and curry leaves and mix. Cook for half a minute
Add the chilli and garlic and cook for 5-7 minutes stirring frequently till the garlic browns up evenly.
Add in the carrots and Zucchini or Brussels Sprouts or both. You can add some other veggies per preference. Cook for a minute.
Add the tomato, turmeric and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes get mushy,
Drain the lentils and add them to the pan, add salt, and water and mix well.
Pressure cook for 1 whistle or cook covered on low for 20-30 minutes until the lentils are tender and mushy.
Serve hot topped with chopped cilantro leaves or red chili flakes, with Roti-Indian flat bread, Rice, dry veggie subzis or as a soup with garlic bread.
To refresh the daal the next day, in a small pan, add a teaspoon of oil, heat on medium, add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, 3-4 curry leaves and chili flakes. Wait for the mustard seeds to sputter. Pour this over the heated Daal and serve.
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