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Louki Chana Dal


Split channa dal or yellow split peas
1 cup
7 cups (5 ½ cups if press)
½ tsp
Ground coriander
2 tsp
Scraped – minced fresh ginger root
1 tbsp
Ghee or a mixture of vegetable oil & unsalted butter
4 tbp
Young zucchini – peeled, seeded, cube
4 piece
Garam masala
1 1/2tsp
1 ¼ tsp
Fresh lemon or lime juice
½ tbsp
Cumin seeds
1 ¼ tsp
Whole dried red chilli
1 to 2
Yellow asafetida powder
¼ tsp
Curry leaves or fresh bay leaves

Sort, wash, and drain the split chana dal. Place the chana dal or yellow split peas in a
bowl, cover with 3 cups of hot water and let soak for 5 hours. Drain.

Place the chana dal or split peas, 7 cups of water, turmeric, coriander, ginger root and a spoonful of the ghee or oil-butter mixture in a heavy 3-quart nonstick saucepan over high heat. Stirring frequently, bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and boil gently for 1 ½ hours. For pressure cooking, combine the ingredients in a 6- quart pressure cooker, cover and cook for 25 minutes under pressure. Remove from the heat and allow the pressure to drop by itself. Off the heat, uncover and add the squash and garam masala. Stir and continue to cook gently for 30 minutes or until the dal is soft and fully cooked and the vegetables are butter-soft. Stir in the salt and lemon or lime juice.

Heat the remaining ghee or oil-butter mixture in a small saucepan over moderate to moderately high heat. When it is hot, add the cumin and red chillies. Fry until the cumin seeds turn brown. Add the asafetida powder and curry leaves, cook for just 1-2 seconds and then quickly pour the fried seasonings into the cooked dal. Cover immediately and allow the seasonings to soak into the hot dal for 1-2 minutes. Stir. Serve with 2 pieces of squash in each portion.