Titli is getting married, and she cannot stop gushing about her would be husband, his job and her new address Manhattan, New York. The city she grew up in, now suddenly seems very small for her dreams. If ever asked, whether she would miss Kolkata, Titli promptly replied, what is there to miss, internet has made this world a small place. The entire family is also excited for her. As this Poila Baisakh is her last in the city, the entire family decided to get together and treat her to her Aiburobhaat, a common Bengali ritual of treating the would be bride or groom, just before the wedding. Sona Pishi, youngest sister of her father is in charge of the kitchen today. When Titli sat down for her royal treat, before everything else, she first sipped on, one of Sona Pishi’s specialties, Moong Dal and said, “Sona Pishi, everything else might be a click away, but not your Moong Dal. Now I know what I will miss the most”. This Poila Baisakh you too treat your loved ones to one of the authentic Bengali recipes, Moong Dal. Wish you all Subho Naboborsho, from all of us at thecomfortfoods.com
Put a cooking pot on low flame, add 1 cup moong dal and sauté it without any oil for 2 minutes. As the dal turns light golden, turn of the heat and soak the dal in water for around 15 minutes.
Put the pressure cooker on medium flame and let it heat, add 2 tbsp mustard oil, followed by the cumin seeds. Stir the cumin seeds and add the cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom one after the other and keep stirring. Next add the dry red chilli, green chilli, ginger paste, and stir it again. Now add the soaked moong dal and stir it well, add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and mix all the spices for 1 minute. Then add 1 & ½ cup water and put on the lid. Wait for 2 whistles before turning off the heat.
Let all the pressure release, turn on the flame to medium heat, add 1tbsp sugar and a pinch of salt and give it a good stir. When the dal comes to boil, turn of the heat, add a little ghee and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves. Moong Dal is ready to be served with hot rice. Enjoy!
P. S. While you sauté the Moong Dal without any oil, remember to keep stirring the dal so that it doesn’t burn and remember to keep the flame on medium or low heat.