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Goan dal with drumsticks


1. peel the drumsticks and chop into medium sizes pieces as shown in the pic below.

2. pick and rinse the moong dal in water. pressure cook the mung dal with turmeric powder till its cooked. avoid overcooking as you do not wants lumps in the dal. once done, mash the cooked dal lightly with a spoon. make a paste of coconut, onion and cumin seeds. add this paste to the cooked dal with the drumsticks. mix the whole mixture well.

3. add some water if required. keep the entire mixture on fire and let it simmer till the drumsticks are cooked and everything is blended beautifully. in a pan, heat some coconut oil. splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds. add crushed garlic, curry leaves, green chili and asafoetida. just to give some heat to the dal i added one green chili.

 4. pour the seasoning in the dal and cover and keep for a few minutes so that the flavors of the tempered ingredients fuses with the dal.

serve the goan dal hot with some rice, ghee and papadams. this dal can also be had as a soup with some warmed toasted bread.


few tips for this goan dal recipe:

do not overcook the moong dal as they become lumpy and clumpy.
this dal is usually a little thick, so don’t make it too watery.
the dal has a sweetish tinge to it, as no hot ingredients are added. to add heat in the dal, temper it with some green or red chillies or red chili powder.
keep on stirring the dal once you add the coconut paste, so that the dal does not stick to the base of the pan.
if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check dal fry, chana dal fry, dal tadka, moong dal tadka, masoor dal, cholar dal and mah ki dal.