Shobji Diye Bhaja Muger Dal or Bengali Moong Dal with Vegetable - a handful of lentils, some freezer-friendly veggies and few whole spices transform into a pot of deliciousness that is easy to cook, nutritious, super healthy.
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
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Preheat a heavy-duty cooking pan or skillet over medium heat. Add in the moong dal and roast over medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Keep stirring the lentil with a spatula to avoid to stick on the inner bottom of the pan. Dal will start changing its colour and developing roasted flavour. Remove from the pan and keep in a saucepan.
When the lentil is ready to touch, wash it for a couple of times and pour 2 cups of water, cover with a lid and soak it at least for 15 to 20 minutes.
Next, boil the lentil. First, place the saucepan over high heat and wait for a rolling boil. You will see the foam on the top, with a help of a ladle remove them.
Then, reduce the heat to medium to medium-low, sprinkle salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, give a stir to mix them, partially cover the saucepan and continue to cook for about 10 to 15 t minutes.
Add half of chopped tomatoes, green chillies and continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until lentil cooked.
Heat up mustard oil in a Kadai or heavy-duty deep skillet. Wait till the oil reaches to the smoky heat.
Next, reduce the heat to low and add whole spices for tempering. Give the spices a quick stir with a spatula for a few seconds and spices will release the aroma.
Add veggies, sprinkle salt, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ginger paste. Cook till the moisture removed and oil is separating from the veggies.
Add sugar,add in boilied dal, give a stir with a spatula and pour about 1 cup of boiling water and let Dal comes to a rolling boil.
Reduce the heat to medium low, cover with a lid and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Add ghee, roasted cumin powder, give a final stir, remove from the heat, cover with a lid and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serve.
Enjoy with steamed rice.
Make sure lentil should be cooked but not mushy! Nobody likes lumpy dal.
When you are boiling dal add 1/4cup or ½ cup of boiling water if required.