February 16, 2007

D for Dal Moghlai

This is my entry to Nupur’s A-Z of Indian vegetables series. Dal is the quintessential comfort food for all Indians. Be it the tangy-spicy sambar or plain old tadka dal, no Indian thali is complete without dal. This recipe is from Tarla Dalal’s recipe newsletter. I love my lentils and make sure that I make a big pot of dal (like soup) every weekend that will last at least 2-3 days. That way all I have to worry about during weeknights is making a subzi (curry) and rice.

Ingredients:
Toor dal – ¾ cup
Chana dal – ¼ cup
Bottle gourd (doodhi/ lauki/ sorakaya) – 2 cups, peeled and chopped into big pieces
Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Onion – ¾ cup, chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped fine
Ginger – 1 tsp, minced
Green chilies – 5
Salt – to taste

Method:
  • Clean, wash and soak the dals for about 30 minutes. Drain.
  • Add the tomatoes, bottle gourd, turmeric, salt and 3 cups water to the dals and pressure cook till the dals are tender.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and when the seeds crackle, add the ginger, garlic, green chilies and onions and sauté till the onions are golden brown in color.
  • Add the cooked dal and 1 cup water to the onions and bring to a boil.
Serve with steaming hot rice for a wholesome meal.

9 comments:

  1. when my son was 2/3 years old. I asked Doctor to give hime som tonic. Doctor told me to give him Dal Bhat.

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  2. Great dish for 'D'!!I missed the deadline this time for this event ,may be next time.

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  3. Lovely entry for the event! I love the combination of dals and veggies.

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  4. Hi Pavani,

    I like to cook big pots of soup, dal etc on the weekend too -- yours looks easy and delicious!

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  5. Dal looks delicious. Dal is my all-time comfort food and I'm always looking for new recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Looks really delicious. If only I can grab it from the computer, I would have enjoyed this for today's lunch.

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  7. A basic dal dish, very similar to anapakaya pappu, Pavani. Simple and comforting. Arent all dals dishes comforting?!-:)

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  8. Dal look so warm and comforting. I love all kinds of Dal and thanks for this

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  9. hey Pavani,looks like I missed a lot of your posts too!dal looks delicious.Will give it a try soon.will go through your other recipes and post comments soon!:)

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