Dal Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) Recipe

Dal Kali Mirch is a variation to the usual plain toor dal and the tempering with black peppercorns gives a nice aroma + flavor.  Adapted from here; serves 4.

Dal Kali Mirch

What you need for Dal Kali Mirch (Black Pepper Dal):
½ cup split pigeon pea (toor dal / arhar dal)
2 green chilies, slit (hari mirchi)
1 onion, finely chopped (pyaaz)
2-4 cloves garlic, crushed (lehsun)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (tamatar)
½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
pinch asafoetida (hing)
1-2 whole dry red chillies, broken into 2 (sukhi lal mirch)
10-15 black peppercorns, lightly crushed (kali mirch)
1 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped (kothmir)
salt as per taste (1 tsp works for me)

Let’s Begin!
1.  Rinse toor dal 4-5 times until clean.  Drain & pressure cook it with next 4 ingredients, along with salt & 2.5 cups water until 4 whistles.  Click here to learn more about the basics of pressure cooking lentils.

2.  Let pressure cool down completely then open the lid, stir dal, mashing it slightly in the process.  Transfer to serving bowl.

3.  Heat ghee in a small pan, add jeera, let it pop, add hing + broken red chillies + crushed peppercorns – add this tempering right away while it’s hot to the dal.  Sprinkle chopped cilantro (+ more crushed peppercorns if you wish!) & serve hot with roti/rice.
Dal with Black Pepper Tadka

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