Monday, 17 September 2012

Masoor Dal with Italian Pasta Sauce

Yes, you read it right - with Pasta Sauce. I opened a bottle of Meditteranean Pasta Sauce (red sauce) for making some pasta for my son. I used like 1/2 cup of sauce and the rest of the sauce was sitting in the fridge. The bottle is supposed to be used within a week of opening. I was just 2 days away from having to throw it away and making pasta was not in the schedule. So I just made this dish.

It tasted really good. It can be enjoyed as a side for roti or can be mixed with rice. Another way of using it is to water it down a little bit more using water or vegetable stock, add some barley or quinoa to it and have a soup.

I enjoyed it mixed with warm rice and left overs as a soup.


Whole Masoor Dal 1 cup
Onion 1
Pasta Sauce 2 cups
Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish

Oil and Salt to taste

Method of Preparation

1. Cook the Masoor Dal in a cooker with enough water till it is well cooked.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add the onions and saute till they start changing colour. If you are using as Soup, you can add some celery and carrots to this.

3. Add the pasta sauce and simmer for a couple of minutes.

4. Switch off and cool. Make a smooth paste in a mixie.

5. Transfer back to the pan. Add the masoor dal and salt. Mix well. Simmer for a few minutes. Switch off and garnish with some coriander leaves

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  1. looks like spicy indian curry.. nice twist roshni :)

  2. Interesting one Roshni, sounds delicious n flavorful too...

  3. Nice twist to the regular dal. Looks good!

  4. internationl combo ...lov this fusion cooking...well done...

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  5. Nice twist dear..Its sounds so terrific!!

  6. Nice innovation dear... looks nice

  7. Wow thats so unique and irresistible..

  8. looks very yummy and creamy..

  9. ha ha.. nice idea to mix the two.. Italian Daal ;)

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