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Curried Indian Black Beans
(Manh Ki Dal)
What You Need:
  • 1 cup manh dal
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ˝ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground hot red pepper
  • 8 tablespoons melted ghee
  • A 1-inch piece of scraped fresh ginger root, cut into paper-thin slivers
  • ˝ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ˝ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ˝ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

  • How To Cook:
    1. Carefully pick over the dal and discard any discolored ones or bits of foreign material. In a large sieve or colander, wash the dal under cold running water until the draining water runs clear. Drop the dal into a heavy 2- to 3- quart saucepan, and add 1 quart of cold water, the salt, turmeric, and ˝ teaspoon of the red pepper.

    2. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible point, cover the pan partially, and simmer for 1 hour, or until the dal is tender but not falling apart. Remove the pan from the heat.

    3. In a heavy 8- to 10-inch skillet, heat 6 tablespoons of the ghee over moderate heat until a drop of water flicked into it splutters instantly. Add the ginger and stir for a few seconds, then add the onions, ground coriander, cumin and the remaining ˝ teaspoon of red pepper. Stirring constantly, fry for 7 to 8 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden brown.

    4. Stir the onion mixture into the dal, partially cover the pan again, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes longer. To serve, ladle the beans into a heated serving bowl and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of ghee, the garam masala and the fresh chopped coriander.

    To Serve: 6 to 8
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    Cuisine » Asia » India
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Beans
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Onion
    Main Ingredient » Condiments » Ghee
    Dish » Main Courses


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