Mung Daal in Pressure Cooker | Mung Lentils | Bengali Home Cooking
I’ve grown up with my mom making Daal, also
known as lentils, so its been an integral part of my diet as a Bengali. And what’s
great about a freshly made bowl of mung daal is that rich in potassium, protein and fiber.
There are different types of daals, and the the distinct flavor of this particular recipe
is from roasting the Mung bean. So, for this recipe we will need: 1-1/2 cups of yellow split Mung bean
2 dry red chilies. 2 Indian bay leaves.
3-4 cloves. 3-4 cardamom pods.
Two ½ inch long piece of cinnamon. 1 tsp cumin seed.
1 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste
1 cup green peas. 3-4 green chilies.
2 tbsp ghee which is clarified butter. And of course, water So basically,
First you’ll roast the lentils. Then you’ll sautee the spices in clarified
butter, which we call ghee The lentil is then cooked with the spices
and the green peas. Turn on a stove and heat the pan to medium
hot. We sautéed everything in the pressure cooker,
which we will later use to steam the daal, just to reduce the amount of dishes we need
to wash at the end. Add the mung bean Stir so the beans roast uniformly.
It will take around 8-10 minutes depending on the temperature of the stove.
Continue stirring till the daal takes on a brownish tinge
Then pour it out into a bowl. And allow the pressure cooker to cool down.
Carefully wash the beans couple of times with water, draining each time.
Set that aside. At this point, if you feel like you need to
you can wash the pressure cooker after its cooled a little bit.
And then wipe inside dry. Put it back on the stove.
And turn on the heat. When the cooker is hot, add ghee.
When the ghee is hot, add the combined mixture of dry red chili, bay leaf, cardamom, clove
and cinnamon. Stir the mixture for about 15-20 seconds or
till the aroma becomes distinct. Add cumin seeds.
Stir till the seeds start crackling. Then add the washed mung bean.
Stir to mix with the spices. Add 6-7 cups of water.
Stir. Add the turmeric powder.
Salt. Cover the pressure cooker and start heating.
Wait for the cooker to build full pressure and then 5 more minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow the pressure to subside.
Then carefully open the lid. Stir.
Add the green peas. And the green chilies.
Bring it to a slow boil without the lid. Then turn off the heat.
Remove it from the stove. Cool to room temperature.
Check for the salt and add if you need more. If you need to add the salt, then bring the
mixture to a boil again. Add a teaspoonful of ghee to enhance the flavor.
But this is optional. The daal is now ready.
Serve the mung daal alone or with steamed white rice or chapatti.