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Dal Tadka

Dal is a staple in my house. Hubby loves it, my kid loves it and I am not the exception. I try to make dal every other day. Today’s recipe is simple dal which is easy to make and delicious too. If you are running out of time but still want to make something simple and wholesome, this is definitely for you. Pair this with plain white rice and some fried papads on side and TA-DA, you got a dinner or lunch ready in 30 minutes.

This dal dish will be one of my all time favorite ways of making dal. I make this dal with arhar dal and masoor dal which is pressure cooked together and in the end I temper the dal with cumin seeds, garlic and dried red chill. Hence the name Dal Tadka. Tadka is nothing but a hindi term for tempering. Tempering – It is a method widely used in Indian cuisine, in which whole spices are heated in hot oil and then mixture is added to the final dish to enhance the flavor.

Dal tadka

Ingredients:

For dal:

  • 1/4 cup arhar dal/split yellow dal lentils
  • 1/4 cup masoor dal/split pink lentils
  • 1 small-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • water to cook
  • 1 tablespoon of ghee
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnish

For Tempering/Tadka:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chilli
  • 1 big garlic cloves, grated
  • a pinch of asafoetida/hing

Method:

  • Mix both the dal together and wash them in several changes of  tap water. Keep it aside.
  • Heat a pressure cooker, add oil and then add chopped onions and cook until it turns light brown in color, add grated ginger, chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, gram masala powder and salt to taste.
  • To the above masala, add dal and sufficient water and cook dal for about 3-4  whistles on medium-low heat. Once the pressure cooker cools down, open the lid and mash the dal until creamy and mashed.
  • Dal will be little thick after mashing up, add water for desired consistency. It should not be too thick or thin. Once the desired consistency is reached, give a boil, add a tablespoon of ghee and check for seasoning.
  • Cover the dal with lid and prepare tadka for the same. At this step you can add the tadka and mix the whole thing together. Or you can serve the dal with tempering on top of it.
  • Heat oil in a small pan, add cumin seeds, dried red chillies, a pinch of asafoetida, grated garlic and cook until garlic turns light brown in color.
  • Once done, pour the entire tempering into dal and serve.  Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves to serve.
  • Serve Dal tadka with plain white rice and  roti. Enjoy!

Dal Rice

Khichdi

Posted: April 19, 2010 by gigagyaan in Indian Food
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Receipe Yield: 3-4 servings

Khichdi

When i don’t feel like cooking anything but want some comfort food, I usually make khichdi. Also, my 15 months old son is having khichdi since he was first introduced to solid foods and I must say he loves having khichdi. Its rich in carbohyrates and proteins. I usually make this with the combination of 2 or 3 lentils and they are yellow dal/Arhar dal, orange dal/masoor dal andwhole moth beans. So, here’s the recipe to my version of khichdi. I usually have this with ghee on the top and pickles where as my husband wants to have his khichdi with yogurt and pickles.
 

Khichdi

Khichdi

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Basmati rice, washed and drained
1/2 cup Yellow lentils/arhar dal, washed and drained with the rice
1/2 cup Orange lentils/masoor dal, washed and drained with the rice
1/4 cup whole moth beans washed and soak in water for couple of hours
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
1 tablespoon of oil
4 cups of water
Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS
 
Wash and drained the mixture of rice and dals together and put into the pressure cooker along with tumeric powder, salt to taste and 3 cups water and cook.

When the cooker has cooled, stir the khichdi, check for consistency and add more water if needed.

On medium heat add oil in a pan, then add cumin seeds, wait until it gets brown. Pour this on the khichdi, be careful while doing this coz it gets splutter when hot oil touches the liquid. Give a boil to the khichdi and serve hot .