A favourite in our home and I suspect in many others too , urad dal comes with such a delicious inbuilt flavour that one really needs to do very little to make a delicious dal. Each family has their own recipe - here is how we cook this.
250 Grams Urad Dal.
10-12 Cloves Garlic - Chop thick.
1 Onion - Optional.
1-2 Green Chilies - Chopped.
Dried Red Chilies - Gives a nice smokey flavor ,allow it to color.
Dot of hing.
2 Tablespoons Ghee +1 Teaspoon.
Soak well washed dal overnight adding 1 teaspoon salt ,next day give it a single shot of pressure , turn off heat and allow pressure to drop naturally .Dal will be 75% done.
Heat ghee , add dried red chilies and hing , throw in garlic , allow garlic to color ,green chilies onions if using . Pour this tarka into the dal , simmer covered for 20 minutes.Take off heat adding 1 teaspoon ghee. Homely comfort food .