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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dal Mughlai

I had come across this dal a while ago and had bookmarked it to try later. This week seemed like a right occasion to try it when I am posting 'pigeon peas' based dishes. I am not sure about the origins of this dal or whether the dal has any connection with the royal kitchens. And if indeed it is the case, this dal seems like a precursor to modern day 'dal fry' recipe. Surprisingly this dal is not a 'rich' kind where any dairy product is used as in the case of Sultani or Nawabi dals. This is more like a simple and flavorful, every day kind of dal cooked in North Indian homes without all the spice powders. The dal goes well with rotis / rice or plain pulaos.

3/4 cup pigeon peas / toor dal
1/4 cup split chickpeas / chana dal
1 cup peeled and cubed bottle gourd / lauki
1 cup chopped tomato
1/8 tsp. ground turmeric
2 tbsp. ghee / oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. garlic paste (I didn't use it.)
1 tsp. finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp. grated ginger
3/4 cup, sliced onions
Salt to taste
2 tbsp. minced cilantro to garnish

* Clean, wash and soak dals in enough water for a couple of hours and drain.
* Add the drained dals, tomato, bottle gourd pieces, turmeric and about 2 cups of water to a pressure cooker and cook for three whistles. When the valve pressure is gone, remove the lid and mash the dal well with the back of a ladle and keep aside.
* Meanwhile, heat ghee / oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When they start to brown, add garlic, chillies, ginger and onion. Saute on low flame until the onion turns light brown.
* Add the mashed dals and salt to the pan and cook on medium flame for 3 or 4 minutes and turn off the stove.
* Garnish with cilantro and serve warm. 

This post is an entry for Blogging Marathon #101 under 'Cook 3 Side Dishes with One Ingredient' theme.


rajani said...

I like that dals pair well with both rice and roti. With lauki and tomatoes in it, the dal is perfect for a healthy meal.

Rafeeda AR said...

Such a simple dal dish! Some rice and potato fry would be apt along with this...

MySpicyKitchen said...

I did this theme in week 2 and just realized I was suppose to cook 3 side dishes! I did cookies for one of the days :P Anyways, though the name dal mughlai sounds fancy, the dal actually is very simple and one we can cook everyday

Swati said...

So simple, rich in flavours and nutritious too. a comforting option with steamed or jeera rice.

vaishali sabnani said...

A simple yet flavorful daal..the addition of bottle gourd is interesting.

Gayathri Kumar said...

This is such an amazing comfort food. The addition of lauki in dal sounds like kootu.

cookwithrenu said...

The dal looks rich and with the addition of bottle gourd makes it more healthy and appealing