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Thursday, August 25, 2011

GUJARATI DAL (FOR DAL-RICE)

A traditional Gujarati thaali is incomplete without this delicious Toovar Dal curry. Served with chapati, sabzi, also a flavorful addition to steamed basmati rice ... this Dal is fast to cook, so delicious to eat ..

GUJARATI DAL (FOR DAL-RICE) ~ RECIPE SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS FOR COOKING IN A PRESSURE COOKER
1 cup Toovar Dal
1/4 cup Plain whole peanuts
2 Tomatoes finely chopped
4 cups water

INGREDIENTS FOR TADKA
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 teaspoon methi (fenugreek) seeds
1/4 teaspoon rai (mustard) seeds
8-10 fresh curry leaves
3 dry red chillies or 1 teaspoon dry red chilli flakes
pinch of hing

INGREDIENTS TO BE ADDED TO DAL AFTER TADKA
4 cups water
3/4 tablespoon salt
1/8 teaspoon haldi
1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
2 teaspoons Dhaniajeera powder
1 teaspoon ginger paste or finely chopped fresh ginger
1 long spicy green chilli, slit vertically in half
1/3 cup jaggery (gud)
1/4 cup fresh cut cilantro for garnishing

METHOD

1. Add 1 cup Toovar Dal, 1/4 cup Plain whole peanuts, 2 Tomatoes finely chopped, 4 cups water in a pressure cooker and cook to 4 whistles.

2. After cooker completely cools down, prepare ingredients for the Tadka. Heat 2 tablespoons oil on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, lower to flame to medium heat, add
1/4 teaspoon methi (fenugreek) seeds
1/4 teaspoon rai (mustard) seeds
8-10 fresh curry leaves
3 dry red chillies or 1 teaspoon dry red chilli flakes
pinch of hing

3. Add cooked dal and give it a good stir. Add the following
4 cups water
3/4 tablespoon salt
1/8 teaspoon haldi
1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
2 teaspoons Dhaniajeera powder
1 teaspoon ginger paste or finely chopped fresh ginger
1 long spicy green chilli, slit vertically in half
1/3 cup jaggery (gud)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional) - if you prefer a more tangy taste

4. Churn well with a blender or churner. Let the dal boil once on medium high heat, once it boils, lower the flame to 4/10 intensity and let the dal and masalas cook for about 12-15 mins.

5. Add cilantro for garnish, give a good stir. Serve hot with chapati, sabzi or steamed hot basmati rice.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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