yellow split pea dhal
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recipe type: indian
cuisine: vegan
serves: 4
  • 250 g yellow split peas
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 cm piece of ginger peeled
  • salt
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dried chillies
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 large chopped tomato
  • tamarind paste or lemon juice
  • coriander leaves for garnish
  1. Wash and drain the split peas.
  2. Add to a large saucepan with 4 cups of water and the turmeric and cook until tender.
  3. By this time the water should have reduced.
  4. Pound the garlic and ginger into a paste with a pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle or chop very finely into a paste with a knife.
  5. In a small pan heat the oil and add all the spices and the garlic and ginger paste and fry briefly until they smell good.
  6. Add the spices and the oil to the split peas and stir.
  7. Season with salt to taste.
  8. Add the chopped tomato and cook for another 10 minutes.
  9. Add some tamarind paste or lemon juice to give it a slightly sour taste.
  10. Garnish with fresh coriander.
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