Kali Dal

Course : Curry
Serves: 8
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1 cup black whole gram beans
2 tablespoons red kidney beans
1 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons chopped ginger
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons ghee
4 tablespoons ghee
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 cup minced onions
1/4 cup coriander leaves -- chopped

Preparation / Directions:

Wash the gram beans. Place both the gram beans and kidney beans in a large pot. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 2 hours. Add the onions, ginger, tomatoes, 1 cup water, cardamom, coriander, pepper, salt and 6 tb ghee. Mix well, bring to a boil and simmer for 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Keep the heat very low so that you maintain a bare simmer during the cooking period. After cooking, remove 2 to 3 cups of the beans and blend them until smooth. Return to the pot. Keep the dal on a low simmer. Heat ghee and add the cumin seeds when ghee is very hot. After 10 seconds, add the minced onion and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over the dal and mix in the coriander. Simmer until heated through. Serve with Royal Vegetable and Rice Casserole.

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