Gujarati Surati Dal / Peanut Tomato Lentil Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3 cups
  • Pigeon Pea Lentils/ Tuvar Dal – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium sized, chopped
  • Onions – 1 medium sized, chopped
  • Green Chilli – 1, chopped
  • Ginger – ½ inch, finely chopped
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Jaggery – ½ tbsp
  • Unroasted raw peanuts – 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – ½ tbsp
  • Dry Methi leaves – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tbspFor Tempering:
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Dry Red chillies – 3, broken
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  1. rinse lentils and keep it in pressure cooker with tomatoes, onions, green chilles with 3.5 -4 cups of water for 7-8 whistles in medium heat.
  2. Mash the lentils using a wooden spoon or a masher to a smooth mixture.
  3. Add the peanuts, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, garam masala,ginger and salt to the dal.
  4. Bring the dal to boil in medium-low heat for 5 minutes and add jaggery and methi leaves to it in this step. If you find the consistency to the dal becomes thick, add more water. If you think its too liquidy, boil it for few more minutes.
  5. Its time to temper by heating oil or ghee in a pan, then add the mustard seeds and then when its pops, add the asafetida, curry leaves and red chillies. Fry for a few seconds but don’t burn it.
  6. Pour the tempering on top of dal. and squueze some lemon juice and stir with the seasonings. Garnish with coriander leaves.
1. If you think its too spicy, you can reduce the green chillies.
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