Comfort food cannot get simpler than this. For those long grueling days at work....
This takes less than 30 minutes to cook.
Split Masoor dal - 2 cups
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tea spoon
Garlic - 3 medium sized pods chopped (this is about 1 table spoon)
Mustard seeds - 1/2 table spoon
Curry leaves - 10-12
Salt - 1/2 tea spoon (add per taste)
Olive oil - 1/2 tea spoon
Green chilies - 3-4 finely chopped (add per taste)
Water - 4-5 cups (depending on thickness needed)
Heat a pan to medium. Add oil to this. Once the oil heats up, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves to this. Now, add Garlic, Masoor dal, Turmeric powder and Salt. Fry it for one minute. Add 4-5 cups of water. Cook covered for 20 minutes on medium high heat. Keep some aside for non spicy version. Now, add Green chilies and cook for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat. The dhal is ready to be served. This tastes really good with some plain white rice with young Jackfruit fritters (Phanasachi Kaapa) as a side. The dhal also tastes good with Chapati, Roti or Paratha. This can also be had as a soup.