Rice and Dal is a staple dish in Indian cuisine. It consists of a lentil soup (dal) served with steamed rice. The lentils in the dal are a rich source of protein, while the rice provides carbohydrates. This dish is commonly consumed in all parts of India, with regional variations in preparation techniques and ingredients. Often, the dal is tempered with spices and garnished with coriander leaves. Rice and dal is comfort food for many and is often the first solid food introduced to babies due to its soft and easily digestible nature.
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Rinse the dal and rice in separate bowls until the water runs clear.
Cook the rice in a rice cooker or on the stove and set aside.
Cook the dal in a pressure cooker with enough water, turmeric powder, and a little salt.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and asafoetida.
Add garlic and onion to the pan and sauté until golden brown.
Add tomatoes and red chilli powder and cook until tomatoes are soft.
Add the cooked dal to the pan and bring to a simmer.
Serve the dal with steamed rice.