Sweet & Tangy Cranberry Dal: A Unique Twist on The Classic

Nitin Jacob

May 08 2024

<div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><p>This recipe is a unique twist on a classic Indian lentil dish, adding a burst of sweet and tart flavor with cranberries. It's perfect for a light meal for two or a side dish for four.</p><p>Ingredients:</p><p>&nbsp;¾ cup Toor dal (split pigeon peas)</p><p>&nbsp;½ cup fresh cranberries (around 20-25 berries)</p><p>&nbsp;½ cup red onion, chopped</p><p>&nbsp;10 small green chilies (Indian variety, chopped)</p><p>&nbsp;3 cups water</p><p>&nbsp;¼ teaspoon turmeric powder</p><p>&nbsp;½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)</p><p>&nbsp;1 teaspoon oil or ghee</p><p>&nbsp;Chopped fresh cilantro (optional, for garnish)</p><p>Instructions:</p><p>1. Combine the toor dal, cranberries, chopped red onion, green chilies, water, and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.</p><p>2. Close the lid securely and cook the dal until it becomes soft and mushy. This will typically take around 15-20 minutes depending on your pressure cooker.</p><p>3. Once cooked, remove the lid of the pressure cooker and allow the steam to release completely.</p><p>4. Add salt to taste and mash the dal with a whisk or potato masher until it reaches a smooth consistency.&nbsp;</p><p>5. Heat oil or ghee in a small pan. You can do a simple tadka (tempering) by adding mustard seeds and letting them splutter, then adding curry leaves for a few seconds before turning off the heat.&nbsp;</p><p>6. Pour the hot tadka over the mashed dal and stir to combine.</p><p>7. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro (optional) and serve hot with rice, chapati, or bread.</p><p>Tips:</p><p>&nbsp;If you don't have fresh cranberries, you can substitute with dried cranberries (use half the amount as they are more concentrated in flavor). However, fresh cranberries will provide a brighter and more vibrant taste.</p><p>&nbsp;Adjust the amount of green chilies according to your spice preference.</p><p>&nbsp;You can add other vegetables to this dish for additional flavor and texture, such as chopped carrots, bell peppers, or chopped tomatoes.&nbsp;</p><span></div>


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