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                                  Urad Dal
 Recipe By     : Royal Khyber, Newport Beach
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Lentils
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      2/3  cup           urad dal or substitute lentils available
                         -- at supermarket
    3      tablespoons   raw kidney beans* -- Optional see cook’s
                          -- notes
                         Salt -- to taste
    3 1/2  teaspoons     fresh ginger -- finely minced
    3 1/2  teaspoons     garlic -- finely minced
    4 1/2  ounces        chopped fresh tomatoes or tomato puree
    1      teaspoon      chili powder or minced green serrano
                         -- chilies with seeds
      1/4  cup           vegetable or olive oil
                         chopped fresh cilantro -- Garnish
 *Cook’s notes: Include kidney beans only if using urad dal.
 Procedure: Wash lentils (urad dal) in running water. Place in pot and cover by 
 2 inches with cold water; soak overnight. Soaking isn't necessary for other var
 ieties of lentils.
 Drain lentils and place in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add salt and 6 1/4 cup
 s water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a slow simmer. Simmer until 
 the lentils are cooked and two-thirds of the liquid has evaporated: This takes 
 about 3 hours. Do NOT disturb the lentils until they soften. Mash lentils sligh
 tly against the sides of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add ginger, garlic, tomat
 oes, chilies and oil. Stir and cook for 45 minutes. Adjust seasoning, add cilan
 tro and stir to combine. Advance preparation: Arun Pun, owner of the Royal Khyb
 er, says most types of dal are best made in advance and gently reheated. Presen
 tation: Serve with cooked rice.
 Yield: Makes 5 servings.
 NOTE: Urad Dal (whole) requires soaking and a long, slow cooking. For faster ve
 rsions, try moong dal, which doesn't require soaking and cooks in about 15 minu
 tes when split and washed (skinned) or 45 minutes when whole.
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