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Charishma’s More of a Veggie Yellow Lentil Curry Recipe

January 9th, 2014 by alice  Tags: , , , , , | Print This Post Print This Post


  1. 2cupschanna dal, cleaned,washed,soaked in water and drained before using
  2. 3teaspoonsturmeric powder
  3. 1/2teaspoonred chili powder
  4. 1medium freshgreen chilies, washed,ends trimmed and chopped(Indian green chilli and not Thai)
  5. 2 1/2-3teaspoonssalt, to taste
  6. 4cupswater
  7. 2clovesgarlic, peeled,washed and chopped
  8. 1clovegarlic, peeled,washed and chopped
  9. 1inchfresh ginger, washed,peeled,and chopped
  10. 1tablespoon pure wessoncanola oil
  11. 1mediumonion, peeled,washed and chopped
  12. 1largeonion, peeled,washed and chopped
  13. 1largetomato, washed,peeled and chopped
  14. 2roma tomatoes, washed,peeled and chopped
  15. 2teaspoonscumin seeds
  16. 1/2cupdry methi leaves, crumbled between your palms(dried methi leaves available at Asian Indian stores)


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker or pot on medium flame.
  2. Once the oil is hot, lower flame and add cumin seeds to it.
  3. Allow to crackle.
  4. Once it stops crackling, add ginger, garlic, onion and green chillies.
  5. Mix well and stir-fry until the raw smell of ginger and garlic is gone, and the onions are softened.
  6. Then, add the turmeric powder, kasoori methi and red chilli powder.
  7. Mix well and then fold in the chopped tomatoes.
  8. Stir and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Drain the chana dal (lentils) and add it to the ginger-garlic-tomato mixture.
  10. Mix well and fold in salt and stir in the water.
  11. Close the pressure cooker with its lid.
  12. Allow to pressure cook upto 3 whistles.
  13. Turn off the source of heat{gas stove/electric skillet}.
  14. Let the pressure cooker sit on the same skillet or stove on which it was cooking the lentil curry for 25 minutes.
  15. Remove from the skillet and wait for the pressure to be gone.
  16. Open and serve over my”Dad’s Half-way Sindhi and half-way yellow rice recipe”{posted separately} alongwith plain yogurt on the side.
  17. Enjoy!

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