Mung Dal

Mung beans are split yellow mung beans, which can be purchased at all Indian grocery stores. If they are not available to you, you may use green split peas or yellow split peas with this same recipe.
1 cup beans
7 cups water
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 medium zucchini (peeled and chopped in 1-inch cubes)
5 tablespoons ghee
½ tablespoon minced ginger
1 ½ tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
1 green chili (minced)
¼ teaspoon hing
1 ½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon salt
fresh coriander leaves for garnish
In 1-gallon saucepan put 3 tablespoon ghee, turmeric, hing, and beans. Fry for 30 seconds on medium heat. Add vegetables and fry for 1 more minute. Add water, salt, fresh chili, and diced ginger. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover, lower heat, and let dal simmer for 1 hour or until the beans have dissolved into a thick soup. Set aside.

In small skillet add remaining ghee. When hot add cumin seeds and black mustard seeds. When the seeds start to crackle pour the mixture into the pot of dal . Garnish with fresh coriander leaves or parsley.

Serve hot.

Serves 6

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