Recipe- Dhaba Dal To Make Your Dinner Delicious

By: Pinki Tue, 01 Dec 2020 3:06 PM

Recipe- Dhaba Dal To Make Your Dinner Delicious

Dals or Lentils for Indians is like potatoes or bacons for Americans. I mean you get my point right? We can’t do without eating lentils almost every day. It doesn’t matter whichever part of the country you are from, if you are from India you will be eating dal in some way or the other. We have such a huge range of lentils in India that are cooked on a regular basis. Red lentils, yellow lentils, green lentils, black lentils and so on. And then every lentil is further classified into ones without skin, with skin, whole lentil and so on. You can see it’s not easy to understand all the varieties especially when you have never cooked in life! And all these different dals always remind me of one incident few years back.

Once when I was college my mom sent me to bring 3-4 types of lentils from the market. She just gave me the list and didn’t tell me anything else. Obviously she did it on purpose because I had no clue which dal was which and she wanted me to learn. According to her I was in college and big enough to at least know the different types of dals. And so I went to the market and stood there like a fool because the packets were not labelled! I had no clue which packets to pick and I just stood there scratching my head for 15-20 minutes. After some time, a lady came near me and asked me “child do you need help”? I looked at her and nodded, she then read my list and helped me pick up all the dals. When I went back, I asked mom why did you do this, it was so embarrassing. She said, good it was embarrassing at least now you will be able to recognize the dals! Umm no wonder my mom still finds it shocking that I have a food blog, I mean ME of all people! I don’t really blame her!

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3/4 cup urad dal chilka split black gram lentil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chana dal split garbanzo beans or bengal gram
1 onion medium, finely chopped
2 to matoes medium, chopped
1.5 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
1 green chili sliced [or add more to taste]
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder [adjust to taste]
salt to taste
3.5 cups water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
cilantro to garnish

for the tempering/tadka

5-6 garlic cloves big, finely chopped
2-3 teaspoons ghee clarified butter
3-4 whole dried red chilies

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* Soak chana dal and urad dal chilka in enough water for 3 hours. The lentils will increase in size after they are soaked. Drain and set aside.

* Heat oil on medium heat in your pressure cooker. Once hot add ginger garlic paste and green chili. Please feel free to add as many green chilies as you want. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the chopped onions and mix.

* Saute the onions for 3-4 minutes or till the raw smell goes away.

* Add the chopped tomatoes next and cook the tomatoes for 7-8 minutes or till raw smell goes away and they are thoroughly cooked.

* Now add the soaked dal, which you had drained and set aside.

* Mix well and cook the dal with the onion and tomato mixture for another 5 minutes.

* Also add the salt, red chili powder (add more to taste) and turmeric powder and cook for 1-2 minutes.

* Add water, give a stir and close the pressure cooker. Set the heat to high to medium-high and cook for 6 whistles and then switch off the heat.

* Let the pressure come off and then open the lid of the cooker. The dals will be totally cooked by now.

* Now switch on the heat again and let the dal simmer on low heat for a minimum of 30 minutes or 1 hour if you have time. Keep stirring in between, the dal will thicken as it simmers.

* After the dal has been simmering for a while, add ghee or oil in another pan on medium heat. Once hot, add chopped garlic and dried whole red chilies.

* Saute till the garlic starts turning golden brown in color. Immediately transfer some dal to this pan and mix with the tempering and then then transfer the entire content to the main pot of simmering dal. Mix and let the dal simmer for 10 more minutes.

* Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

* Garnish the dhaba dal with fresh cilantro and serve hot with some roti or naan.

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