Thursday, March 3, 2016

Matki-coconut masala or Coconut moth bean curry

Lentil cooked in a aromatic coconut curry...call it daal curry, lentil curry legume curry. It's a wholesome delicious meal that can be cooked in a pressure cooker or slow cooker.

Vegan, vegetarian and no onion or garlic.
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Dal/lentil is probably the most common curry in India Cuisine. They are varied versions, from a simple plain dal as comfort food to a rich  mughlai delicacy. Mughlai cuisine was introduced to India during the medieval era when India was ruled my the Mughals. The cuisine is know for it's rich aromatic curries.

Dal is a curry made from split or whole lentils. It can be made with a couple of spices or a rich spice blend. There are more than a dozen kinds of lentils that can be cooked more than a dozen of ways. Then you can have combinations of lentils in your dal, add veggies or greens. For a vegetarian diet, lentil is one of the important source of protein. Lentils are a type of legume.

Indian pulses are basically sold in three forms

1- whole with skin (used in this recipe)
2- split with skin
3- split with out skin

The lentils with skin are a bit hard to cook and you may want to soak them for a few hours before you cook them. They are best cooked in a pressure cooker for quick use or slow cooker (crock pot).

This one can be made either in a pressure cooker or pot crock.

This curry has been made from mat bean also know as moth bean or matki. If you ask me, I wish it had a different name ....moth does not sound very appetizing. Even though matki is a bean or legume, it often referred to as dal (synonymous to lentil).

Moth bean comes in various colors and sizes the one I used was the white tiny one and the red bigger one - as shown in image 2 of the post.

There is a lot of debate and confusion about the nomenclature, daal, lentil, bean or legume...this curry is lip smacking delicious. Cooked in silky coconut gravy on low flame.



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Coconut bean curry

Simi Jois
Published 03/03/2016
Creamy delicious curry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small white moth bean or matki
  • 1/2 cup red both bean or matki
  • small red pepper
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 13 oz coconut milk tinned or fresh
  • 2 inch chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera
  • 1tsp black cumin/shahi jeera
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric/haldi
  • 1 tsp red chili/laal mirch
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • handful of roasted cashew
  • 4 tbsp clarified butter

Instructions

    Takes , serves 2.
  1. For pressure cooker recipe
    Soak the moth bean for 3-4 hours in warm water

    Pressure cook the daal till it is almost done - not fully done.
  2. In a blender add tomatoes, red bell pepper and ginger and make a fine puree.
  3. In a sauce pan heat 2 tbsp of ghee add shahi jeera, let it splatter, add the puree and roast till it is reduced and starts leaving oil. Add the spices and salt and coconut milk and bring to boil, not add the moth bean that is almost cooked and cook it on sim for about an hour till the moth bean is well cooked.
  4. Take 2 tbsp ghee, roast some cumin and cashew till brown, and add to the curry before serving. Serve hot with cumin rice pilaf.
  5. Slow cooker recipe

    Soak the moth bean overnight in hot water.

    In a blender add tomatoes, red bell pepper and ginger and make a fine puree.
  6. In a sauce pan heat 2 tbsp ghee add shahi jeera, let it splatter, add the puree and roast till it is reduced and starts leaving oil. Add the spices and salt and coconut milk and bring to boil, not add the soaked moth bean and transfer to the slow cooker, let it cook for 4 hours or till done.
  7. Take 2 tbsp ghee, roast some cumin and cashew till brown, and add to the curry before serving. Serve hot with cumin rice pilaf.
  8. Additional tips - Sometimes the bean just does not cook. It's not that you are doing something wrong...just add about 1/4 tsp of baking powder to it and cook again.
Yield: 4
Tags: Daal, lentil, coconut curry, main dish, vegetarian, vegan, Indian inspired


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