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Wash and soak the sabut urad dhal and chana dhal overnight. The next day, put the drained lentils along with the turmeric, deggi mirch, ginger and bay in a pressure cooker, if you have one, with 1.2 litres of water. Seal on high and cook for 30 mins or until the lentils are fully cooked and starting to break down. If cooking without a pressure cooker, cook on a low simmer for 2 hrs, adding more water if it gets a little dry.
For the tempered oil, put the ghee in a frying pan over a high heat until it just begins to smoke. Add the cumin and garlic, cooking for 1 min until the garlic turns light golden, then quickly add the onions. Reduce the heat to medium and sweat the onions until they are translucent and just starting to take on some colour. Add the coriander seeds, ginger, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook until the fat starts to separate from the ingredients. Stir through the yogurt, if using, and coriander.
Add the lentils to the tempering mixture, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 20-30 mins, whisking from time to time to help the lentils break down and become creamy. Adjust the seasoning as required.
Serve in a large bowl, garnished with the coriander and butter, if you like.