Survival - How to cook Dal

31 May, 2019

Expected reactions : "Wait, Did i just read How do we cook Dal?" "Dal??" "DALLL??//423$?/"

Why Dal?

At some point of your life, if you happen to end up living in a place where you have no other choice other than cooking your own food to survive, would you cook fancy stuff like pazhamporis or chocolate lava cakes as your breakfast/lunch/dinner? No, you wouldn't. Not only would they empty your pockets fast, they would obviously not-at-all fulfill the stuff you need for a good diet.

You would cook stuff that fills the stomach. And the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of "stomach filling" is dal and chapathi. They do the job. Period. Survival is first step so let's get moving!

I have divided the process into two fairly simple phases for ease of remembering .

Phase 1


  • Dal : half cup
  • Water : 2 cups
  • Salt : 3/4th teaspoon
  • Haldi/Turmeric Powder : 1/4th teaspoon

(the cup here that I have used is a 'tea' cup, but the ratio is all that matters)


  • Take the half cup of dal, rinse it thoroughly with water.
hal cup dal.jpg
  • Put the clean dal into a pressure cooker
  • Add 2 cups of water
cleaned dal.jpg
  • Add 3/4 tablespoon of salt and 1/4 tablespoon of Haldi powder
add masala.jpg - Seal the cooker, light the stove and put it at high seam. Wait till you get one whistle. - After you get the whistle, turn the stove to low seam and wait for another couple of minutes before you turn it off completely.

That's the end of Phase 1 and you now have some cooked dal. Moving to the next phase.

Phase 2


  • Onions : 1
  • Tomatoes : 1
  • Green chillies : 1 or 2
  • Curry leaves : as per your discretion
  • Mustard
  • Cooking Oil


  • Cut the onions, tomatoes and the green chillies to small pieces
cut stuff
  • Take a frying pan and put mustard seeds, and add some cooking oil
  • Put the thing on the stove and let it heat up a bit
  • Now add the cut onions, tomatoes and green chillies and curry leaves
  • With a spoon, mix them up and let the mixture cook. Add oil if need be

With that, you'll have a pan of fried cut stuff. And that's phase 2.

Now the final phase

Final Phase

Transfer the contents of the cooker into the frying pan

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Continue cooking till you get bubbles.

That's it. You have made the exquisite Indian curry, Dal!

Throw in some chapathis and keep surviving!


Source : amma :heart:

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