Mango Dal

1 cup Toor Dal
1 raw green mango
1-2 drumsticks (optional)

1-2 dry red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 tsp olive oil
pinch of turmeric
salt to taste
a few curry leaves
1-2 green chilies sliced (optional)
ginger chopped fine
cilantro chopped fine

Rinse the dal in water and cook in a pressure cooker with two cups of water until 4-5 whistles or the dal is fully softened when cooked in an open pan. Heat some oil in a pan and add  turmeric, mustard, cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry till lightly brown. Add curry leaves, sliced green chilies and ginger and fry for 1 minute. Cut drumsticks into 2 inch pieces if using fresh drumsticks or use cut frozen ones. Add chopped mango and drumsticks to the pan and continue cooking in medium flame with a little water.

Mash the cooked dal with a spoon or a hand mixer and add to the pan once the mango softens and drumsticks are cooked. Continue cooking in low flame for 5-10 minutes. Add salt to taste and red chilli powder (optional).

Variations to this can include using green leafy vegetable such as spinach or amaranth leaves or adding garlic (fried in oil with the other seasonings).

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with sona masuri rice and ghee.

See also:
Celebrate end of summer with Mango