1 cup Urad(white) daal 
1 Onion sliced 
1 Tomato diced(optional) 
1tsp Ginger grated
1-2 Green chilies chopped 
Coriander leaves finely chopped
1tsp Cumin seeds
2 bayleaves 2 cloves 
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder 
Salt to taste
A pinch of Garam masala
Red chili powder to taste
30 ml (2tbsp) oil 
5 ml (1tsp) lemon juice


Clean and wash the daal properly. Soak it in water for 10-15 minutes.
Boil it in 5 cups of water. Boil till it becomes soft. It should not become pasty. Remove the water and keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add cloves, bayleaves and cumin seeds, allow to splutter.
Now add ginger, onion and green chili and stir-fry till golden brown.
Add tomato (if using) and fry till it softens. Add all dry masalas (turmericpowder, chili powder, salt) and fry for a moment.
Now add daal and lemon juice, mix very gently.
Sprinkle garam masala and garnish with coriander.
Serve hot.