Spicy Gram Beans

This dal, typical of those made in northern India, is ricelike in consistency and often served with bread. In southern India, dals tend to be much soupier, and are usually served with rice.

Variation—_Like most dals, this one can be flavored with different tarkas before serving. For an onion-perfumed dal, cook urad dal as in steps 1 and 2, above. Heat clarified butter as in step 3, and stir in 1 small peeled sliced yellow onion and 1 peeled sliced garlic clove . Cook for 15 minutes, then pour over dal. _