Bell Pepper Masoor Dal w/ Bhel Puri Supreme

This is an easy and super delicious dal that we enjoyed for two days in a row... The recipes is adapted from Raghavan Iyer's 660 Curries. I tend to change the methods a bit.

  • 1 cup masoor dal, washed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 fresh, green chilies, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • handful cilantro leaves, chopped

Put washed dal along with 3 cups water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium heat. Skim off and discard any foam that forms on the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pan, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the dal is tender.

While dal is cooking, heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat and add bell pepper and chilies and fry until bell pepper begins to brown , about 10 - 12 minutes. Stir in the tomato, salt and turmeric and scrape the bottom of skillet to deglaze it. Pour in 2 cups water and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the tomato is softened and turnes slightly pulpy, 5 - 8 minutes.

Once the dal is tender, poor the bell pepper sauce into the pan. Raise the heat to medium and continue to simmer the dal, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the flavors mingle and the sauce thickens slightly, 5 - 8 minutes.

Stir in cilantro and serve!

I followed the previous tried recipe for Bhel Puri I found here but instead of peanuts I used cashews and walnuts, I added cucumber, grated carrots, and a few other things that I forgot because I didn't write it down, grrrr... but the point is, this stuff is awesome simple or "supreme!"

~"Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is!" - Benjamin Franklin~


Gulmohar said...

Bell pepper and masoor dal sounds like a cool combo..Bhelpuri is supreme, no doubt :-)

Swathi said...

Looks delicious. Easy curry.

Divya Vikram said...

That is a bowl of comfort food!

Happy Cook said...

I agree jus tlooking a tthat plate you feel like having that comfort food.

Priya said...

Wow wat a comforting food, just makes me hungry..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Messo
How are you? Was off blog and now catching up. I like this recipe , never tried Bell pepper and Masoor dal, a must try.
Let me see what else you have posted.
Have a nice weekend

Kitchen Boffin said...

Very healthy & delicious food ... thanks to share... lovely space you have... following you

Vandana Rajesh said...

Nice dal..the combo looks good. Nice platter and bhelpuri is a favorite.