Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Lentils with Sweet Potatoes

Urad Dal with Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

1 cup kalai dal (urad dal)*
1 sweet potato or 1/4 pumpkin, peeled, diced and soaked in water
6-8 plum tomatoes, cut in half
2 Tbsp. extra light olive oil
½ tsp. shah jeera or cumin seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 tsp. ginger paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp. ghee or melted butter
2–3 green chilies, left whole

  1. Wash lentils until water runs clear.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and star anise.
  3. When cumin starts to sizzle, add sweet potatoes and tomatoes and stir.
  4. Add lentils and ginger paste and cook until lentils are tender.
  5. Blend with an immersion blender and adjust salt to taste.
  6. Garnish with ghee and whole green chilies.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with steamed rice or tortillas.
* The urad dal may be replaced with channa or toor dal.

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