Gujarati Tuver Dal/Yellow Lentils Soup

TUVER DAL / YELLOW LENTIL SOUP ⁠ ⁠ Sometimes simple food makes the most impact. I have grown up eating dal with every lunch meal. Full of healthy proteins and easy to make this has been my go to lentil recipe. I have been asked from my American friends to share my recipes for dal so here it is.⁠ Also, if you think that Gujarati dal is very sweet and there's no other taste to it- then my friend- let me open your mind. Gujarati dal is a balance of all the taste buds- the sweetness of Jaggery, the bitterness of Fenugreek/Methi seeds, Sourness of lemon and saltiness of salt makes it a perfectly balanced meal. You can have it as a soup or mix it with rice to make a complete meal. ⁠ The recipe for Gujarati dal is very unique as it is a combination of sweet, sour and spicy taste. I love to add boiled peanuts in my dal which adds the crunchy taste and earthiness of peanuts to the dal. ⁠You can totally omit peanuts if you are allergic. ⁠ INGREDIENTS⁠ for pressure cooking:⁠ ▢½ cup toor dal/yellow lentils (soaked 30 minutes)⁠ ▢½ tomato (finely chopped)⁠ ▢1 tbsp lemon juice or tamarind paste⁠ ▢¼ tsp turmeric⁠ ▢½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder⁠ ▢½ tsp roasted coriander powder⁠ ▢½ tsp roasted cumin powder⁠ ▢¼ tsp garam masala⁠ (optional) ▢1 chilli (slit)⁠ ▢1 tsp ginger paste⁠/ 1 tsp crushed/chopped ginger ▢1 tsp salt⁠ ▢1 tsp jaggery / gud/ sugar- optional⁠ (I love my Gujarati Dal slightly sweet and sour) ▢1 tsp oil⁠ ▢2 cup water⁠ ▢2 tbsp peanuts⁠ ⁠ other ingredients:⁠ ▢1½ cup water⁠ ▢2 tbsp coriander/cilantro (finely chopped)⁠ ⁠ for tempering:⁠ ▢1 tsp ghee / clarified butter⁠ ▢1 tsp mustard⁠ ▢½ tsp cumin / jeera⁠ ▢¼ tsp methi / fenugreek seeds⁠ ▢2 dried red chilli- optional⁠ ▢few curry leaves- optional⁠ INSTRUCTIONS⁠ ⁠ In a pressure cooker take ingredients listed for pressure cooking and pressure cook for 5 whistles.⁠ Alternatively, you can boil the lentils along with peanuts for 20-30 minutes or until the lentils are mushy.⁠ ⁠ Once boiling is done. Whisk the dal until it turns creamy and smooth; add 1½ cup water or as required; mix well adjusting consistency as you prefer.⁠ ⁠ Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the flavors are well absorbed.⁠ ⁠ Prepare the tempering and pour over dal. Taste for salt and lemon. Adjust accordingly. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.⁠

Gujarati Tuver Dal/Yellow Lentils Soup