First thing. Rinse the lentil and remove all residues and brown shells. Soak for 30mins.
Next. Gather your raw ingredients. Leave the dried chili & coriander leafs for later use. Note: use 1/2 a chili if you can't take spicy food.
Prepare your turmeric and chili powder. Set aside
Prepare the spices. Set aside
Grind the tomatoes, garlic, 1/2 a chili, red onion until smooth
Heat pot with olive oil.
Pour the purée in to the pot and stir
Throw in your lentils and allow to boil under medium heat for 10mins. Add the turmeric and chili powder into the pot and stir well.
Cover lid and reduce heat to low fire. Simmer for the next hour. Constantly check and stir your pot of daal.
After an hour of slow cooking, the lentils are now 80% softened or in al dente texture.
Next, Carefully pound the spices.
Heat pan with olive oil and pan fry the dried ingredients until fragrant. Fry for a minute in low heat.
Transfer the tempering ingredients into the pot of daal. Stir. Season with salt and a little bit of sugar for taste balance.
The daal should be fully cooked in 1 1/2 hours. If you are not serving individually, garnish the daal pot with coriander leafs. Alternatively, serve in a tiny bowl and garnish.
Served your daal with coriander garnishing and flat bread / chapatti. Enjoy!