For the Dal we will be needing :
1/2 cup Masoor dal / red lentils, rinsed
1 cup water
Chopped onion 1/4 cup
Ginger 1 tsp
Garlic 1 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Turmeric 1/2 tsp ( more for rich yellow color )
Red chili powder 1 tsp ( flakes can be used too )
Cumin seeds 1 tsp ( i dry roasted them )
Tomatoes 1 medium finely chopped
Coriander/ cilantro 1/2 cup finely chopped
In a saucepan, combine the lentils, water, and all the other ingredients under dal except Coriander/ Cilantro and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer till all the water evaporates . Keep aside to cool to room temperature .
For The Bread We Will Be Needing :
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water ( more if needed )
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour ( I used whole wheat bread flour )
Mix the yeast, salt, cooked dal , cilantro and sugar with the water in a large bowl or a stand mixer. Mix in the flour either using a spoon if by hand or the stand mixer with dough attachment. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses, approximately 2 hours.
At this point you can either use the dough, or store in the fridge for later use (up to 3 days).
When ready to use, divide the dough in half and transfer to a liberally floured surface. Shape each half of dough into a ball by tucking each side under itself. Allow to rest and rise on the floured surface for an hour or till double .
Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a baking stone placed on the middle rack. Place an empty boiler tray on any other shelf that won’t interfere with the rising bread.
Sprinkle the loaf liberally with flour and slash a cross or tic-tac-toe pattern into the top, using a serrated bread knife. Leave the flour in place for baking; tap some of it off before eating.
Slide the loaf directly onto the hot stone. Pour 1 cup of hot tap water into the broiler tray, and quickly close the oven door. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until deeply browned and firm. Smaller or larger loaves will require adjustments in baking time.
Let the bread come to room temperature before cutting ..