The sick person’s comfort food – Simple Mung Dal with Ghee -

I have been a bit under the weather of late. Not sure what ails me but a strange sense of melancholy seems to have gotten hold of my mind and I can’t seem to shake it off. Plus a very bad back pain doesn’t help do anything to the mood either. I have had to slow down and almost confine myself to the bed, so I can get better.

And we all know who we miss and long for when we are sick, yes our mother. I really have been missing her more than I do because of how I am feeling right now. So the best thing I can do to feel that she is around me is to cook something she used to make for me whenever I used to be sick.

So I have been making a lot of plain “Mung dal” and drowning myself in a bowl full of it. Typically the dal is just boiled with some Salt and Turmeric and served on some hot rice with a big dollop of Ghee on it. However even as a child I used to love my flavors so I used to never eat the plain dal and beg my mom to add some spices and Tomatoes.  And to please me my mom used to do the same and even give it a tempering with Garlic and Ghee.

Also those were the having a bit of an extra Ghee and putting on weight was not a big issue. So she would put another dollop of Ghee of my dal and rice and boy it always managed to cheer me up. It is so simple and plain but is very nutritious and very comforting. And that is what I have been craving for, so I made it for myself and felt instant gratification.


Here is the recipe (cooking time 30 minutes, serve 4 – 5)

1 1/2 cup yellow mung dal.

1 large Tomato finally chopped

2 – 3 green chillies slit into 2

1 tsp Turmeric powder

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp Ghee (Do not substitute it with anything else)

Salt to taste

1 tsp Asafoetida

3 cloves of Garlic sliced thinly

1) Wash the Dal and put it in a pressure cooker with Tomatoes, Green chillies, Salt and Turmeric.  Add 3  cups of water and  pressure cook it for 3 whistles.

2) Turn the heat off and let all the pressure release.

3) In a small pan heat the Ghee once it is hot add the cumin seeds, Garlic and Asafoetida, once the Garlic starts to turn brown add the tempering straight into the pressure cooker on the cooked Dal.

Serve it hot with some Rice and maybe, just maybe if you are feeling a little greedy add another dollop of Ghee.