Chilka Urad Dal with Squash

7 oz. or 1/2 package Ajika Urad Chilka  Dal rinsed with 2-3 changes of water and drained
1/2 cup onion diced
1/2 cup zucchini diced or carrots or squash or pumpkin peeled and diced
1/2 inch cinnamon stick,
3 cloves
1 tbsp. ghee
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 Tej Patta or bay leaf (optional)
1″ Ginger peeled and minced or 1 tsp. ginger paste from our store
1 cup tomato, peeled and diced
1 tbsp. half and half or thick cream

Method :
Add onion, zucchini, cinnamon and cloves with 2.5 cups of water in a pot with a lid and cook over medium heat till the lentil is soft.  Adjust water to your desired consistency.
Seasonings:  Add ghee to a skillet or pan and heat till the ghee is hot.  Add cumin seeds and bay leaf and let the seeds sizzle.  Add ginger, tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the cooked lentils and simmer for 15 minutes.
Garnish with half and half and serve hot.


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