Do you know there is one thing we all Indians love, that is a simple dal chawal lunch with our family? Cuisines as simple as Dal chawal can make us overeat when we are surrounded by our own people and the aroma of homemade meals.
These meals can become more nutritious and delicious if we make some minor changes and one such change is today’s recipe, today we will cook sprouted masoor dal. So are you ready for this cooking safari? Of course, you are, let’s look into the ingredients list.
- Masoor dal (Red Lentils) – 2 cups (sprouted)
- Yellow pumpkin – 1 cup
- For tempering
- Coconut oil – ½ tablespoon
- Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
- Garlic – 2 to 3 (crushed)
- Onion – 1 medium ( finely chopped)
- Tomato – 1 medium (chopped)
- Ginger – 1 teaspoon (crushed)
- Green chili – 1 (chopped)
- Salt – ½ teaspoon
- Cayenne powder – ½ teaspoon
- Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
- Water – ¼ cup
- Coriander leaves – ¼ cup
There are just a few steps you need to follow in order to make a perfect bowl of sprouted masoor dal, so here we go.
- Chop down yellow pumpkin
- Boil the sprouted masoor dal and pumpkin together
- Now heat a pan
- Add coconut oil
- Add cumin seeds once the oil is hot enough
- Let the cumins splutter
- Now add some crushed garlic and onion
- Wait till the onions turn brown
- Now add chopped tomatoes, green chili, and grated ginger for flavor
- Sprinkle some salt
- Wait for the tomatoes to turn soft
- Add cayenne powder and coriander powder
- Stir the ingredients and add some water to cook the spices
- Now add the boiled dal and cook for two to three minutes
- Turn off the flame and garnish with some coriander leaves
- Your dal is ready to serve
Now that the dal is ready, let’s have a look at the benefits of consuming this delicious delicacy.
- Pumpkin – Pumpkin is very rich in antioxidants. It contains large amounts of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. It helps in keeping the heart healthy, the immune system strong, and the skin glowing. Pumpkins can help in preventing breast cancer too.
- Cayenne powder – It is excellent for heart health, and improves vision and the immune system. Cayenne is very rich in provitamin A, probiotics, and vitamin C. It can protect against cellular damage and boost antioxidant defenses in the body. It also has life-prolonging qualities.
- Sprouted Masoor – Masoor sprouts have a greater concentration of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes. It reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels due to the presence of dietary fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Masoor dal sprouts are also reported to provide anti-aging benefits. A good amount of calcium, magnesium, and potassium makes them ideal for bone health.
So next time instead of eating plain masoor dal try out its sprouted version and we bet, you will try it again and again and again, well we leave the trail here, Bon Appetit!
- Always use boiling water in the middle while cooking any vegetable or lentils so that their cooking process does not stop.