This recipe for black daal is courtesy of actor Anil Kapoor -- it's a family favorite.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Place lentils in a large bowl. Cover with water and let stand overnight.

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  • Drain lentils and add to a large saucepan along with 3 cups water, 1 sliced onion, chiles, and asafetida; season with salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until lentils are very tender, about 30 minutes.

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add remaining onion and cook, stirring, until soft. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, coriander, ground cumin, and chili powder. Cook, stirring, until tomatoes are softened and mixture is fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  • Drain lentils, reserving cooking water. Add lentils to skillet along with enough of the reserved cooking water to make a thick gravy-like consistency. Let simmer about 10 minutes. Stir in heavy cream until well combined; remove from heat.

  • In a small saucepan, heat ghee until hot. Carefully add cumin seeds and cook until they stop popping. Carefully pour mixture over lentils (it will sizzle) and mix to combine. Serve immediately with naan.

Reviews (2)

3 Ratings
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Rating: Unrated
04/02/2009
We had this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! It will be a family favourite from now on. I soaked my urad dal for 24 hours, but still had to cook it for longer than 30 minutes, and with more than 3 cups of water to get it to a tender state.
Rating: Unrated
04/01/2009
THANK YOU for this recipe!!! I have been looking for one like this for a couple of years; I have all of the ingredients in my cupboard. Loved the guest.