Chainsoo (Black Gram Dal)

Ingredients (for 3-4 servings)

1 cup Black Whole

2 tbls Mustard Oil

4 to 5 cloves Garlic (chopped)

1 tsp Cumin seeds

4-5 Black pepper

4-5 Red chillies whole

A pinch Asafoetida

1/2 tsp Coriander powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/2 tsp Red chillies powder

3 cup Water

Salt as per taste  

1/2 tsp garam masala        

1 tbls coriander leaves finally chopped

Method (How to make chainoo or black gram dal)

Place an iron wok or any heavy kadhai on medium flame. Put black gram in it and dry roast it about 3 to 5 minutes or till the pleasant aroma of roasted seeds comes. Do not over cook it. Switch off the flame. Grind the roasted seeds into a coarse powder.

Heat oil in the Kadahi and add garlic cloves. When the garlic turns light brown, add cumin seeds, red chillies, black pepper, and heeng (asafoetida). Immediately add the daal powder and fry it for 1-2 minute. Add turmeric powder, dry coriander powder, red chillies powder, salt and water. Bring it to boil.

Cover and Cook till the daal becomes very soft. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Before taking off the heat, sprinkle garam masala over chainsoo. Garnish with pure ghee and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with hot steamed rice.