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Moong Dal with Coconut Milk
From: Jordan Kelley - Canada

serves 3-4 , cooking time 45 mins or so

  • 1 cup moong beans
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 1/4 tsp of tumeric
  • 2 tsps of corriander seeds
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tblsp of sesame seeds
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamon pods
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of chilli powder
  • pinch of cinnamon, sugar, asafetdia, salt
  • 3tblsps of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 gloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of minced ginger root
  • 2-4 green chilles
  • 2 tblsp of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk

Add moong beans, tumeric, 1/2 a chopped onion and dab of butter to boiling water. On medium heat boil mixture until beans have broken down and have created a thick soup.

In a frying pan, dry roast corriander, cumin, sesame, cloves, cardamon pods and pepercorns for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Seeds will darken and crackle. In a coffee grinder, chop seeds into a fine powder. Dry roast fennel and mustard seeds seperately and add to mixture whole.

Then take the other 1/2 of chopped garlic, ginger and chilles and saute them with olive oil for 3-4 mins.

Then add powder, chilli powder and asafetdia to sauted mixture and continue cooking for 3-4 mins more.

Finally, add mixture to soup. When all is well blended add lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, salt and coconut milk and stir.

Let mixture sit for a while to let all of the flavours blend together.

Garish with chopped cilantro. Serve over rice.

While this may seem like a lot of work, the flavour of homemade curry is well worth it. To speed up the process one could use store bought curry powder but I recommend making your own. Also experiment with seasoning. Either adding new spices or taking some away or with the quantity of each spice. I have spent plenty of time experimenting myself and continue to look for new flavors for my recipes.