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Monday, April 28, 2014

Uttar Pradesh Cuisine ~ Dal Lucknowi

I was going by alphabetical order and assumed that it was the turn for Uttarakhand recipe today. I posted the recipe only to realize later that I had to do Uttar Pradesh first. :) It is locally 11 pm here and I have no energy left to write the introduction to the region and so directly going over to the recipe.
I have seen this "Dal Lucknowi" recipe several times over the years and have always wondered how does the addition of milk to a dal recipe taste. I have never added milk to a dal before and so naturally my interest piqued when I first saw the recipe. After trying this out, I can assure you that one wouldn't even notice the milk in the dal unless you choose to tell them. The final result is a simple, yummy and creamy dal that would suit little palates too. 

1 cup toordal
2 green chillies, sliced or chopped
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup milk
1 tbsp oil
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 red chillies broken into bits
A pinch of asafoetida powder
salt to taste
Minced cilantro to garnish

* Wash toor dal with two exchanges of water and drain. Add toordal, turmeric, green chillies and 2 cups of water to a pressure cooker and cook until the dal is cooked fine.
* Heat oil in a medium sized pan and add garlic cloves. When they start to turn golden brown, add cumin seeds, red chillies and asafoetida. Turn off the stove when cumin starts to turn brownish.
* When the valve pressure is gone, mash the cooked dal and add it to the pan. Add salt, milk and about 1/2 cup water to the dal mixture. Mix well and cook for about 3 - 4 minutes. Turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro leaves.


Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

very homey and comforting dal!!!

vaishali sabnani said...

The daal is simple but has great flavors ..and you have served it in a lovely bowl.

Priya Suresh said...

Cant resist to that irresistible dal, wonderful spread,am imagining myself having virtually those comforting foods.

Harini-Jaya R said...

I haven't heard of milk in dal either. Definitely worth a try. Looks very comforting and appetizing as well.

Pavani N said...

Addition of milk is quite interesting in dal. Looks awesome.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said...

definitely kid friendly. and creamy dal is always welcome.. kids or not

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Adding milk sounds interesting,such a comforting dhal..

Usha said...

Addition of milk to dal is new even to me. Even I am curious to taste this dal.

Padmajha PJ said...

Milk in dal is certainly getting my interest up! Have heard about this dish but never made / tasted it.Bookmarked...

Chef Mireille said...

milk in dal is very different

Archana Potdar said...

This is one awesome flavourful dal. I have recently started adding milk to dal and love the result.