I am not practiced at making these, so I am not making any attempts to blog recipes for the breads, but there are many recipes and videos for them out there. So here is the chana dal recipe my mother taught me. The main reason I used to eat this was for the sneaky nuggets of juicy fried coconut that hide in amongst the lentils, now I have learned to love the dish for itself.
These are split polished chickpeas, NOT split yellow peas, but I have been told those work very well as a substitute if you can't find chana dal. I have seen it in most supermarkets, however, so if you can get it, do try it with the correct thing.
First, boil 2 and a half cups of water in the pressure cooker. Then add one cup of chana dal, half a teaspoon of turmeric, a teaspoon each of coriander, cumin, garam masala and salt and also a pinch of sugar. Stir well and cover and bring to pressure. Cook for 9 minutes.
While this is cooking, gently fry some finely chopped fresh coconut until it is lightly toasted. Set aside.
When the dal is finished, and the pressure has released, open the lid, mix the dal well and keep it simmering. It should be thick enough to eat with torn up flatbreads, it should not be so thin that it can mix with rice.
Now heat some ghee and fry a couple of bay leaves, a stick of cassia bark, 2 cardamom pods and a clove. Pour this over the dal. Finally, add the fried diced coconut.
Serve with luchi and enjoy.