It is no secret that Amloki (Gooseberries / Amla) have a very wide range of benefits. To name a few, they are a very rich source of vitamin C, fibre, iron and zinc. They are equally good for our hair / scalp, heart, controls blood sugar and is also good for our stomach.
So here is a simple no-frills dal cooked in a Bengali style. It has a tempering of just some mustard seeds and dry red chilies for a smokey flavour. It is a great comfort food and tastes absolutely great with some papad or some aloo bhaja (fried potatoes) as an accompaniment.
- 1/2 cup masoor dal (red lentil), soaked for 30 minutes
- 3-4 amlas (gooseberries), finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. mustard oil
- 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
- 2 dry red chilies
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
Pressure cook the dal in 1 cup water for 3-4 whistles. When cool, blend it and add 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder. (Add more water if a liquidy consistency is desired). Add the chopped amla and again pressure cook for a further 3 whistles.
Heat oil in a pan and temper with the red chilies and mustard seeds. After it stops spluttering, add the boiled dal and salt. Simmer for 3-4 minutes on low to medium flame. When done, serve with plain steamed rice and some papad or fried potatoes as an accompaniment.