mung bean dal pilaf

by Stevie on May 27, 2010

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This recipe comes from the Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India cookbook. I made it by special request as Heguiberto wanted it to go with his Kashmiri eggplant dish from the same book. I’ve never cooked with mung bean dal before. Hegui tells me that “dal” means “split” so “split peas” would become “pea dal” for example. Instead of the whole mung bean, these were dried, peeled and split in half. They cook very fast.

mung bean dal pilaf

The rice came out really well. It has a subtle flavor and because of the mung beans has more protein. I didn’t quite follow the original recipe as I cut it in half then added a little more mung bean dal. It didn’t call for mustard seeds at all but I like them.

mung bean dal pilaf

1 cup basmati rice, picked over and rinsed well
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/3 cup mung bean dal
1 tsp. salt
2 cups water
Cilantro for garnish

Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over high. When hot, add cumin and mustard seeds and toast in oil about ten seconds until seeds pop. Add rice and stir in oil until it is coated. Add mung bean dal, salt and water. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer until water absorbed, about fifteen minutes. Remove from heat but keep covered for five more minutes. Fluff into serving dish. Garnish with cilantro.

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heavenly Housewife May 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

What a beautiful rice dish. I can tell you’ve cooked it to perfection, it looks so nice and fluffy.

tasteofbeirut May 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The rice dish looks great; I just can’t resist a good plate of Basmati when it is placed in front of me; I had mung beans for the first time this year; I gagged the first time but now I want more!

Stevie May 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

You gagged!?! Perhaps they weren’t prepared properly? I like them because for dried beans, they’re really quick to make. Usually I use the whole bean and make a kind of Southern American vegetable stew with lots of okra, spices and olive oil. I bet that you’d enjoy that.

Stevie May 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

Thanks for your support HH!

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