Brussels Sprouts dal

Recipe for Brussels Sprouts Dal

In India, dal ( lentils) is cooked in many ways. When cooked for testing with rice, sometimes they are cooked plain, and sometimes they are combined with vegetables and spices. In Germany, where I live, access to some of the vegetables that traditionally pair well with lentils is sometimes not easy, in which case, I try out Indian recipes with locally available ingredients.

One such ingredient is Brussel Sprouts. Come winter; the supermarket shelves get loaded with winter vegetables- Brussels sprouts being one of them. One of these days, while shopping in a nearby supermarket, I decided to buy them and try a couple of recipes.

The first recipe I tried with these was Brussels Sprouts Dal. Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients needed for Brussels Sprouts Dal:

  1. Split Green Gram with skin: 1/2 cup
  2. Brussel Sprouts: Washed and chopped, about 8
  3. Water: 2-3 cups
  4. Turmeric Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  5. Salt: 1 1/2 teaspoons
  6. Fresh Coriander leaves: finely chopped, for garnishing

Ingredients for spice mix:

  1. Coconut: 1/8 of a big coconut ( 2 tablespoons of grated coconut)
  2. Red Chillies: 2-3
  3. Cumin Seeds: 1 tablespoon
  4. Water: 1/2 cup

Ingredients for tempering:

  1. Ghee: 1 tablespoon
  2. Curry leaves: 6-7
  3. Dry Red Chilies: 2
  4. Asafoetida: 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Cumin Seeds: 1 teaspoon

Method for making Brussel Sprouts Dal:

  1. Wash the lentils. Chop the Brussels sprouts. Combine the two. Add water and cook in a pressure cooker till the lentils become soft.

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  2. Make a spice paste by combining coconut, cumin seeds and red chillies and water.

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  3. When the lentils are cooked, add turmeric powder and salt.

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  4. Add the spice paste and mix. Boil it for 2-3 minutes and take it off the heat.

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  5. Prepare a tempering by heating oil and adding all the tempering ingredients to it. Add this tempering to the cooked lentils.

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  6. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice.

I sometimes like eating dal and rice with egg, which I did when I made Brussels Sprouts Dal.

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