In Bachelor Special Basic Cooking Dal Lunch Menu

Punjabi Dal Tadka

I am back after a fun filled 25th wedding anniversary celebration of my parents. I made Ferrero Rocher and rolled it in dark chocolate and caramel chips. My mom was very happy with my work but I personally felt I could have given nice finishing. Amma was filled with pride in letting people know that her daughter made chocolates and that they were tasting great, She packed them nicely and gave those chocolates as return gifts to our guests while the majority portion of Ferrero Rochers were kept to herself. I offered to make Rum N Raisin as well but she was little apprehensive about gifting Rum based chocolates to the guests. But that's fine..Sigh..

Back from the vacation and a night shift with cold weighs you down to the pit. I opened my blog to check out some dal recipes and to my surprise I do not even have one. I proudly brag about myself as a blogger and I think I should hold my nerve until I have atleast 10 basic cooking recipes on my blog. Let me do the ribbon cutting to the basic cooking section on my blog today. So here comes Dal Tadka in Punjabi Style.

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Ingredients For Dal
Red Lentils/Masoor Dal- 1 cup
Onion- 1 sliced
Tomato- 2 sliced
Salt- as per taste
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 th tsp
Green Chillies- 2 chopped finely
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For Tadka
Jeera/Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp (can be reduced to 1/2 tsp)
Mustard Seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dried Red Chilly - 2-3 broken
Curry Leaves- 8-10 leaves (See Chef Says)
Asafoetida- 2 sprinkles or a pinch
Ginger- 1/2 tsp julienned
Oil- 3 tbsps (1 tbsp for Tadka)

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Wash and keep lentils aside. In a heavy bottomed pan, add oil and saute onions until golden brown in color. Now add tomatoes and cook until mushy. Add washed dal along with water and other ingredients mentioned under For Dal section. Combine all the ingredients and cook for about 20-25 mins or till dal gets completely mushed and doesn't have that nutty texture or till yAlternately you can pressure cook until 3 whistles.
In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and add jeera and mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Now add ginger, dry red chilly, curry leaves and asafoetida. Fry for about 10-15 secs. Add this mixture to dal. Mix all the ingredients well and serve it hot with rotis or pulaos

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Tastes best with
Jeera Rice
Luchi Poori
Roti- Soft Roti Recipe Coming Soon.

Chef Says:
You can use any lentil of your choice except the whole ones like whole green gram or whole black gram etc.
Usage of Curry leaves in Punjabi style Dal recipes is still under fight. Some Punjabi's use it and some do not. I did use in mine.
You can replace oil with Butter or ghee which flavors the dal and elevates its taste to the next level.
You can even use Garlic in tadka. I do not like the flavor of garlic, so I skipped it in mine.
Instead of water, you can use vegetable stock.

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9 Rechargers:

  1. Dal tadka looks so good and comforting to have with hot chapathis...

  2. Easy to make tasty healthy side dish. Love that kadai and the plate. Lovely colour.

  3. wow what a beautiful pic and a comforting dal. I just fell in love with your clicks.., gorgeous....

  4. looks fantastic dear !! make me hungry now :)

  5. Thank you so much all for those lovely comments.

    @Priya.I got that plate and bowl for pretty good bargain of 300rs at Shilparamam during a mela

  6. wow thats an inviting mild spicy and comforting dal tadka :)

  7. Tadka looks so tempting which goes well with side dish n the bowl too.happy to follow u :)


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