I cook lentils in a pressure cooker. It saves energy and is many times quicker than cooking lentils or rice in a covered pan . If you don't have a pressure cooker, you may try slow cooker or rice steamer.
1 cup yellow split pea lentils washed and soaked in water overnight . [soaking is not absolutely necessary . I cook lentils without soaking as well. What soaking does is - it makes lentils go easy on our digestion ]
3 cups water
2 medium Tomatoes finely chopped
1 medium Onion finely chopped
1 cup frozen or fresh mixed veggies
1 Tsp Cumin
½ Tsp Turmeric
¼ Tsp Aesafoetida
¼ Tsp Coriander
2 Tbsp ghee(Clarified Butter) OR Oil
Salt to taste (For this recipe I used ½ tsp salt)
Put the Pressure Cooker on Heat. Add the ghee/oil. Let it heat up. Add cumin,coriander,aesafoetida and turmeric.When the cumin seeds start cracking, add the onion . When onion turns pink, add the tomatoes ,the lentils ,veggies,water,salt. Close the cooker. Heat on full flame to a whistle and then simmer the heat for another 4 whistles. Your lentils are ready !! Serve them with cooked rice or Roti !
Note:If you don't have a pressure cooker or a rice cooker, You can easily cook these lentils in a covered pan. Keep stirring every 10 minutes on low heat. Cook till tender !
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