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You will need:
1 c. thoor dal, masoor dal, or yellow split peas 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds 1 dried red chili 1/4 c. finely chopped onion 1 tsp. minced garlic Spice Blend 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. turmeric 1/8 tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 10 fresh curry leaves (optional) 1 tsp. Ghee (optional)
Wash the dal
In a large bowl wash the dal in several changes of water and drain.
Add mustard seeds
When the dal has finished cooking, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the mustard seeds to the oil and heat until they pop. When the popping subsides, toss in the dried red chili and curry leaves. After a few seconds, add the onion and fry until light brown. Put in the garlic and fry 1 minute.