May 16, 2011

Bengali Red Masoor Dal (Bangali Musuri’r Dal)

I’m back to blogging with Blogging Marathon #5. Big thanks to Valli for organizing this event yet again and coming up with very interesting themes. I chose "7 Days of Regional Special" and decided to make dishes from Bengal. I was debating whether to go with Rajastani or Bengali dishes since I’ve never tried these before, but finally settled with the Bangla recipes. There are quite a few Bengali bloggers with authentic recipes that I’ve been trying and will be posting for the next 7 days.

For my first recipe, I made this very comforting dal from Sandeepa’s bongcookbook. It’s a simple preparation made with masoor dal and tomato that is tempered with panch phoron. Panch phoron or Panch puran is a mixture of 5 spices, fenugreek, mustard, fennel, nigella and cumin seeds. I bought a packet of panch phoron some time back and have been adding to curries just because I like the subtle flavor the different seeds impart to the dish. But this is the first time I used them in a dal and we really LOVED it. As Sandeepa says in her post that this is a comfort dish, I totally agree with her. It was so easy to make and wasn’t any different from how I make, but the final dish was amazing and oh-so comforting.

Masoor Dal

Sandeepa's original recipe here.
Ingredients:
Red masoor dal – 1 cup
Red onion – 1 medium, thinly sliced
Green chilies – 2-3, slit vertically
Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped
Panch phoron – 1tsp
Curry leaves – 6-8
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – 2tbsp or more to taste

Method:
  • Pressure cook dal until tender, I cook for 4 whistles in my cooker.
  • Heat 1tsp oil in a sauce pan, add panch phoron and curry leaves; once the seeds to splutter, add onions and green chilies. Sauté until onions are lightly browned and translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and a pinch of turmeric; cover and cook until tomatoes are mushy, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal along with 2-3 cups of water and salt. Bring to a boil on medium high flame, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and mix well.
Serve with steamy hot rice for a comforting meal anytime of the day.

Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up today:
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Priya Suresh, Srivalli, Usha
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Vardhini,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Harini, Suma, Veena
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Aarthi, Kalyani, Pavani, Shylaja
Summer Coolers: PJ, Vaishali
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast: Sushma Pinjala

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15 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this dal dear ~ I am a panch phoran fanatic :)
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  2. I prepare this dal but never added panch poran!! should try it with that masala.

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  3. Woww.. looks amazing and perfect.. thanks for the lovely recipe :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  4. What a comfort food! Mouthwatering..

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  5. Looks delicious. Need to get some of the panch poran ..

    Vardhini
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  6. Yummy comfort food and healthy too.Awaiting for more Bengali recipes
    South Indian Home

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  7. Lovely dal...full protein packed..:)

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  8. Lovely dal...full protein packed..:)

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  9. Dal looks absolutely inviting and marvellous..

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  10. colourful and protein packed!!!!!!!!

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  11. simple-y delicious dal - a comfort food in our home :)

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  12. love the texture and colour dear !

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  13. Looks so inviting. Wish I had panchporan to try this out...

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  14. I love masoor dal..simple comfort dishes!

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