Split peas — or matar dal — are not the most frequently used legume in Indian dal curries, but their rich, earthy taste and hearty, chewy texture contrast beautifully with the hot and tart and tangy flavors for which Indian cooking is so famous, and make a wonderful change of pace on occasion. This simple and colorful curry takes abundant advantage of these natural combinations of Indian flavors with the humble split pea, and takes no more than 10 minutes of preparation and 15 minutes of cooking.
As usual, ingredients like amchoor powder (ground dried mangoes) and garam masala are easily available at local Indian grocers, or you can make your own garam masala blend using ideas found here or here.
|Indian-Style Yellow Split Pea Curry (Matar Dal)|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on January 25, 2012
A simple and colorful curry contrasting the earthiness of split peas and hot, tart and tangy Indian spices and flavors
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Other simple Indian dals you may enjoy:
Indian-Style Split Pea Soup
Spicy Green Lentils and Yellow Split Peas
Mung Tamarind Dal
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