Pressure cooking dals:- rinse all the dals for a couple of times in water.
Then soak the dals in water for 30 to 45 mins. after 30 to 45 minutes drain all the water.
Pressure cook the dals for 4 to 5 whistles or till they are completely cooked.
Mash the cooked dal lightly.
If the dal mixture look thick, then add some water and stir to get a medium consistency in the dal.
Making panchmel dal:- in another pan, heat oil or ghee. add cumin seeds. let them splutter. then add the cloves, cardamoms, broken red chilies.
Fry till the red chilies change colour. add the crushed ginger and green chilli. fry them till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.
Add the chopped tomatoes, asafoetida, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.
Fry the masala well on a low flame till the tomatoes become soft and mushy. the oil or ghee will also separate.
Now add this fried tempering mixture to the dal. mix well.
Simmer the panchmel dal for 10 minutes so that the flavors of the spices infuse well with the lentils. add salt and mix well.
Garnish panchmel dal with coriander leaves.
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