this dal powder is a game changer. I make this for my kids to take to college for quick meals and we also take it on trips for when we are missing homecooked meals.

1 cup non-oily toor dal

2 tbs oil

2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)

½ tsp hing

1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

4 dried red chili peppers

1 tbs red chili powder (to taste)

1 ½ tbs coriander cumin powder (dhana jiru)

1 tsp garam masala

2 tbs aamchur

4 tsp salt

dried curry leaves

2 tbs dried cilantro

1 tsp dried fenugreek (kasuri methi) Garnish: jaggery, lemon juice, shredded cilantro

1 Wipe the toor dal with a slightly damp cloth and let sit out on a baking dish for about 30 min

2 Dry grind the toor dal into a medium fine powder (be careful to not grind it too finely)

3 Heat oil in a skillet and add mustard seeds, hing, haldi, and ground toor dal. Dry roast on low flame until the dal turns aromatic

4 Add the remaining spices and dry roast on low flame for approximately 1 min while stirring constantly

5 Let the mixture cool and store in an air-tight container

6 When you want to make the dal, whisk together the powder and warm water at a 1:4 proportion. Add the garnishes and boil for 5 min until the dal thickens. You may add more water if you prefer it thinner. Voila – add in rice, papad, and ghee and a healthy quick dinner is ready to go!

Tags: Indian, Gujarati, Quick & Healthy

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