Friday, January 30, 2009

Dhal (Lentils curry)

I am quite surprised and amazed by other blogger recipes and new innovations.. I am really of my fellow blogger... Amidst their busy schedule they find time to make some amazing food and share it with everyone..Kudos to them.. My recipes seems to very basic ones when compared to other recipes. I might stick on to Basic recipes for a while..

Dhal is another basic recipe which is usually prepared in daily basis in some houses and occationally in our house. In restaurants, if u go for full meal, the first course will be dhal or paruppu and ghee..I love it. In my house, whenever my mom makes sambar, there will be paruppu and paruppu rasam.. Hot rice, lots of ghee, paruppu and appalam is a small plate of heaven.


1 cup Toor dhal
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chillies
1 onion
1/4 tsp garam masala(optional)
1 tsp mustard seed
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
curry leaves


In a pressure cooker, add toor dhal and 3 cups of water.. adjust accordingly...Don't add to much water.. coz its has to be thick consistency...cover and cook in medium heat. Leave it for two whistles. Remove from heat, allow to cool down. Once cooled, Use Mathu to smash dhal.If u don't have mathu u can use Mixer grinder on whipper mode.

Then the usual process of seasoning, Heat oil in a pan, do the seasoning with mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves. Add onion and green chilies, fry till translucent. Add turmeric powder and garam masala. Garam masala gives a unique flavour to dhal. Traditional dhal does not require garam masala. So its ur choice... Once the raw smell evaporates, add dhal. Adjust salt and water. Cove and cook for few minutes. Remove from heat.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot with ghee and rice.. Goes well with chapathi too....

This is my contribution to FIC-YELLOW hosted by sunshinemom of TONGUE TICKLERS.



Ashwini, innovations are good once in a while but I will come running for your dal any time!! The simple ones always rule:) Thank you!!

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