Yellow cucumber is chopped up and cooked in oil along with whole spices. Toor dal is pressure cooked separately and added to the cucumber. Finally lemon juice is added to the cucumber dal just after removing from heat. Serve yellow cucumber dal with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Yellow Cucumber Dal
Raw Yellow Cucumber 1 Small
Toor Dal 1 1/2 Cups
Green Chiles 3 – 5
Lemon Juice 4 – 5 Tbsps
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Wash toor dal with water thoroughly and pressure cook in 3 cups of water for 3 whistles.
Wash, peel, remove ends, discard seeds and chop lemon cucumber into small pieces.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Heat oil in a deep vessel, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add green chiles, chopped lemon cucumber, turmeric powder and salt.
Pour a cup of water and cook covered until lemon cucumber pieces turn soft.
Uncover and add cooked toor dal along with half a cup of water (if necessary).
Bring to boil and let it bubble for few minutes before removing from heat.
Stir in lemon juice and serve yellow cucumber dal with steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure yellow cucumber is cooked well.
Suggestions: Adjust lemon according to sourness of the yellow cucumber.
Variations: Check other dal recipes here.
Other Names: Yellow Cucumber Dal.