Today morning I happened to see a video on Facebook. That inspired me to make this dal. At home we do make khatti meethi Tur dal sweetened with sugar or jaggery. This dal is a mix of tur , moong and masoor. It's sweetened with khajur. The sweetness is balanced with lemon juice. The mild sweetness imparted by khajur is very different from the sweetness imparted by sugar or jaggery. A simple change in tadka ,can completely change the taste of dal. I have used fresh turmeric but if you don't have it use 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Use soft dates so that they disintegrate in the dal. Recipe inspired by Chef Abhishek Gupta.
Ingredients Tur dal 1/4 cup Moong dal 1/4 cup Masoor dal 1/4 cup Salt to taste Fresh turmeric 1 tsp grated Ginger 1 tsp grated Green chili 1 slit lengthwise Ghee 2 tbsp Asaefotida a pinch Cumin seeds 1 tsp Red chili pd 1/2 tsp Khajur 3 finely chopped Lemon juice 2 tsp Chopped coriander 1 tbsp Method
Wash and soak tur dal for 15 minutes and moong and masoor dal for 5 minutes.
Pressure cook with 2 cups of water and salt for 2 whistles
Once pressure drops, open and mash the dal slightly.
To prepare tempering
Heat ghee in a pan.
Add asaefotida and cumin seeds, followed by green chili, turmeric and ginger.
Saute for a minute.
Now tip in dates.
Saute for 30 seconds.
Add red chili powder.
Pour tempering over the dal.
Add lemon juice.
Bring the dal to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Check the consistency, it should be thick.
Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice.
Garnish with chopped coriander.
Serve hot with rotis.