Sep 19, 2008

Lentils with Pepper & Garlic...

When you have a cold and sore throat, are down with fever, this dish will be a great relief to your throat. With lots of crushed black pepper, garlic, and the nutrition of the lentils, its simple and soothing. Make it of thinner consistency and slurp like soup, or keep it slightly thick and serve with hot rice.


Brown Lentils - 1 cup
Black peppercorns - 10-15, crushed.
Garlic cloves - 4
Onion, chopped - 1 small
Tomato, chopped - 1 big
Mustard Greens or any other greens - 1/2 cup ( optional)
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp or more.
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp (optional)
Salt - to taste


- In a pressure cooker, heat about a tbsp. of ghee, add the crushed black pepper corns and cumin seeds. Once they sizzle, add the chopped onions and fry till transparent and soft.
- Then add the chopped tomato, saute till they get soft.
- Add the lentils, mustard greens (I used these, but any greens you want to use), turmeric and chilli powders, salt, aprox. 3 cups of water, and cover the cooker with the whistle placed.
- Let it cook for upto 2 whistles on medium flame.
- Once the pressure drops down, open the lid and add the lemon juice (if using).
- In a separate small pan, fry the crushed garlic cloves in oil till lightly browned. Immediately pour it over the cooked mixture and cover.
- Serve hot with rice or just plain as soup.

Note : Leave out the greens if you do not want. I just thought it would be a plus to add some.

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Happy cook said...

Looks really good.
It is like a comfort food served with rice

Swati Raman Garg said...

easy and nutritious... good pick of ingredients...

Srivalli said...

Looks great sure garlic would give great taste!

Purnima said...

Lovely one, Maya! Am abt to make this for dinner! Hope it goes with rice, if not, wd add a cup of coconut milk to flavour it. :D tks again.

Purnima said...

Maya, I made this for dinner, thought wd click after meal as I cook for dinner n lunch. Guess n hub loved this combo, nothing left for today!N cdnt even click! (I didnt hv tomatoes, so added amchur powder, for more volume, added a handful of masoor daal, and also towards the end, a cup of coconut milk-rest all ur tasted heavenly!) Tks for sharing!