Sunday, March 14, 2010
Microwave Vaal Curry
My mother used to make vaal curry often and it used to be one of my favorites with phulkas/ chappathis. I do not have her version with me, so I often make this simple and straightforward variation of my own, to go with phulkas.Vaal has a very unique taste of its own and with this simple flavoring, its taste just shines through.
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Ingredients and method to make Microwave Vaal curry
2 cups Split field beans or vaal lentil soaked in sufficient water for 30 minutes
1 large onion cut fine
2 medium tomatoes cut fine
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 Indian or Thai variety green chilies cut fine (or according to taste)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chili powder (or according to taste)
handful cilantro (coriander leaves) cut fine for garnish
Place vaal along with water in a shallow microwave safe dish, place in microwave and cook on high for a total of about 24 minutes in 3 minute increments stirring every 3 minutes and adding water if required.
When vaal is cooked, it should be soft but not mushy and should retain its shape, remove vaal and place in another bowl.
In the same microwave safe dish, add oil and heat on high for about 1 minute. Then add cumin seeds and heat for 1 minute or until the cumin seeds begin to sizzle and crackle slightly. Add green chilies and cook on high for 1 minute.
Add onions and cook on high for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until onions begin to turn transparent.
Now add tomatoes and cook on high for 4 minutes, removing once in between to stir the tomatoes.
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Now add turmeric powder, salt to taste, red chili powder and the cooked vaal and mix everything together.Add water if required to achieve desired consistency
Cook this on high for 4 to 6 minutes for the flavors to blend well.
Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rotis/ plain steamed rice/ jeera rice
Serves approximately 3 to 4
Refrigerate the balance and use within a day, for some reason, vaal does not keep well so I usually make sure to consume this one quickly.
Microwave cooking times will vary based on the strength of the microwave so please use these times as a guide only and make changes to your times based on the strength of your microwave
You can make this on the stove top too, Just heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds , when it splutters add green chilies, then add onions and saute until transparent, then tomatoes and saute until soft and mushy.Then add spices, vaal lentil, water as required and allow the lentils to simmer until cooked. Garnish and serve
This lentil does not do very well when cooked in the pressure cooker, it completely turns mushy, so I would suggest using either of the above methods to make this curry.
Microwave Vaal Curry
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