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Wednesday, March 31, 2010


'Bhaisahab aap ki manpasand arhar ki dal banayi hai, zeera hing ka tadka lagaike' this Reema Laagoo's dialogue from Maine Pyaar kiya says it all about this delicious dal ...


In a cooker pan, add 1 cup Urad dal (split, white) + 1/4 cup Chana Dal + 8 cups water + 5 teaspoons salt + 2 tomatoes cut in big pieces

Let the dals boil in the water, there will be a white froth formation once it bubbles, remove all the froth, close the cooker lid & cook to 1 whistle.

Don't overcook as urad dal will just dissolve in the water. If you are not comfortable using the cooker, you can just boil the dals in a regular non-stick pan on medium flame till very well cooked. When crushed between thumb & index finger they should break very easily. Dals should remain whole, yet cooked.


Prepare garlic chutney for vaghaar : Crush about 15 garlic cloves + salt enough for the garlic, crush to a paste. Then add 2-3 teaspoons Red Chilli powder, crush again. Remove this paste in a big spoon.

After dals are done, heat a small saucepan to prepare the tadka (vaghaar) for the dal

Heat 5 tablespoons melted ghee, then add 1 teaspoon jeera, 1/8 teaspon hing, 1 tablespoon green chilli paste (you can add 1/2 tablespoon more if you want to make it more spicy), add the garlic chutney prepared earlier, blend well with a spoon.

Add this tadka (vaghaar) to the dal. Mix well. You might need to add another teaspoon or 2 of salt & 3-4 teaspoons red chilli powder to balance all the flavors.

Add 3-4 tablespoons lime juice in the end to give it a tart fresh flavor.

Heat the dal enough to serve hot. Switch off gas, garnish with 1 cup fresh cut cilantro.

Serve hot with Tadeli Bhakri, Appetizer Chaas (recipes uploaded today) & fresh cut salad.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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