Dal Fry

Dal is also a staple diet of Indians, in addition to rice and wheat. It is a mainstay cuisine in India and consumed with equal weightage across all parts of the nation. North Indians have it with rotis while South Indians mix it with rice directly or eat in the form of sambar/rasam. There are different types of dal like channa dal, thuvar dal, moong dal, masoor dal, urad dal and they are included in every day Indian cooking. Any kind of dal is a protein power house and that's the major source of proteins for vegetarians like me. Rice, ghee and tuvar dal makes the lunch for most Indian kiddos. Infact, I relish a plate of paruppu sadham(rice and dal) even now, just as a kid would. Here I give the recipe for a basic dal fry which makes an awesome combo with rotis or rice. I have mixed tuvar dal and moong dal in my recipe and there are recipes which use masoor dal and channa dal also. So, you might give it a try. I have used butter to season, since it adds a nice flavour to the dish. If you are calorie conscious, omit the butter and add a tsp of oil.
The above picture was taken at the US botanical garden, Washington DC. Got excited on seeing something from India and clicked it. Felt its apt for this post.

Moong dal - 1 cup
Tuvar dal - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Tomato - 2 finely chopped
Butter - 1 tablespoon
Jeera - 2 tsp
Green chillies - 2 finely chopped
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Crushed ginger and garlic - 1 tsp
Chopped coriander to garnish
Salt to taste

1. Mix both the dal, wash and soak in 3 cups water for 15 min. Pressure cook till 3/4 th done.
2. Heat butter, season with jeera and fry the onions, ginger and garlic.
3. Add the green chillies, fry for a minute and then add the tomatoes.
4. When the tomatoes become soft, add the cooked dal and dry powders. Add enough water to get the required consistency and boil. Dal will get thick after a while. So keep that in mind while adding water.
5. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with rotis or rice.


Naarya said...

Sree....I have been meaning to tell this since a while. The pics that u put in your blogs are aussome. The food pics I mean...very neatly done!
Great going!
Plate selection, placement of food ellame super!
Btw....hv u invented any new dish so far?! looking fwd to some dish tht is sree vidya's own.

Sree vidya said...
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Sree vidya said...

Hey thanx Bittu!
Own dish? I have something in my draft. A simple curry. I try to make innovations to normal curries like adding pav bhaji masala to tindora fry. Haven't done anything from scratch.Hoping to do something big in future. :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow, look at the dhal its simple delicious and delectable... love the color and I am feeling hungry...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow this is one of the most comforting and yum dal.....Looks yummy....

Naarya said...

ok....unakku oru kutti challenge...
see i have only these things in my kitchen. U have to tell me what can i make with them. Full steps oda post pannu....ok va?!

Rice - Basmati
Mustard seeds
Red chilli powder
green chillies
corriander leaves
curry powder
cumin powder
black pepper powder

Idellam irukku. Veggies - potatoes, carrot, brinjal,spinach are there.

Oru nalla recipe kudumma.....

Note: Dal, cooker idellam kedayadu. Only pans, knives, grater n microwave and only above mentioned ingredients.

Ippidi handicap kitchen-la simple-a super-a samaikka oru series podu. It will be very useful.

Sree vidya said...

Bittu, onakaga oru quick recipe
Soak one cup basmathi rice in 1.5 cup water for 10 min in a pan.
Cook the rice with the same water in the open pan till done.
Set aside to cool a bit.
Cut onions,garlic,ginger into small pieces. Increase the amount of garlic if you like the taste.Take like 2 garlics.
Heat ghee/oil/butter, add mustard. If you have cumin add that too and season. Add chillies, onion, ginger and garlic and fry. Add salt, pepper powder 1 tsp, cumin powder 1/2 tsp and mix well. Add this to the rice and mix. This is garlic rice since the flavour of garlic is more. Try this if u like garlic. More recipes to follow :)