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Friday, June 18, 2010

'Delicious Dals from India' Roundup & Announcing the Next Theme

'Delicious Dals from India' round up is here and I thank everyone who have sent in their entries that reiterated the diversity factor of Indian cooking.
Simple, nutritious yet delicious dals are created in Indian kitchens on a daily basis. Humble bean/legumes, fresh vegetables and flavorful spices that aid in digestion go into them and these home cooked delicacies vary from region to region. I tried to explore these myriad variations through this event and fellow foodies offered their support by sending in their favorite, home cooked dals.
As I expected, some of the entries were very novel to me and hope that the followers of this event may find them useful and interesting as well. I can't wait to try all these delectable dals in the coming days.
I must also mention the word 'dal' created some confusion among the people who tried to send in entries. The Hindi word 'Dal' happens to be a generic term used for the dried pulses and also to mean the cooked stews using them. While I was referring to the latter one, I got all kind of entries using dried beans including some sweets (mithai) / savories. I apologize for rejecting many of the entries that didn't fit the bill.
I also realized during this event that there is a very thin line between dals (the cooked stews) and subzis prepared with the dals (dried pulses). M convinced me that some entries that were considered as subzis (by me) might also fall under dal category since they are prepared with the same basic ingredients as dals and hence they also appear in the round up.
I have categorized the entries according to the bean group and have arranged them alphabetically for easy reference. Please click on the links to go to the respective posts.

(Dals prepared using Bengal gram/chana dal and chickpeas)

Mona's Chanay Ki Dal

Richa Agarwal's Chanadal with Lauki

Jagruti's Spinach Dal

Sonal Agarwal's Chanadal

Field beans (Mochakottai/Avarekalu/Anapakaya)

Manju Rajender's Mochakottai Kuzhambu


Pavithra Srihari's Horsegram Dal

Masoor Dal
(Dals prepared using whole / split masoor dal)

Bangalore Baker's Dilly Masoor Dal

(Dals prepared using two or more beans / legumes)

 Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal's Panchmel Dal 


Sonia's Tadka Dal

Priya Suresh's Pepper Cabbage Dal

Kanchan's Dal Makhani

Sanyukta Gour's Cucumber Spinach Dal

Ashalatha's Mango Dal

Ashalatha's Dal Tadka

Moong Dal
(Dals prepared using yellow / green moong)

Mona's Tamatar-Pyaz wali Dhulli Moong dal

Jyoti's Mooli Dal

Shabitha Karthikeyan's Snakegourd Kootu

Smita's Kerala Style Dal Palak

Nitha Kurumboor Jayasanker's Cherupayar – Vazhakkaya

Kalva's Lauki Moongdal

Shabitha Karthikeyan's Moongdal

Niloufer Riyaz's Dal Pakwan

Sanyukta Gour's Lahsuni Palak Dal

Sayali Shah's Easy Moong Dal

Nithu Bala's Poricha Kuzhambu

Kiran's Kale-Cranberry-Drumstick-Carrot Kootu

Gayathri Raj's Amaranth / Thotakura Dal Fry

Split Green Peas

Bangalore Baker's Methi with Split Green Peas


My Kobbari Pappu

Mythili Prabhu's Dalitoy

Priya Suresh's Mint Dal

Srividya's Mamidikaya Pappu

Mona's Mitthi Dal

Rachana's Goan Dal - Toi

Manju Rajender's Mangai Sambhar

Jyoti Valaboju's Dosakaya Pappu

Sayali's Gujrati Meethi Dal

Smitha's Nimmakaya Pappu

Smitha's Pappu Kattu

Priya's Tomato Pappu

Priya's Arachivitta Kadhamba Sambar

Rach's Lentils Kofta Curry

Tanmaya Kulkarni's Methi Che Waran

Rama's Dal and Tomato

Mansi's Gujarati style Toordal

Kairali Sisters' Cauliflower Dal

Niloufer's Idli Sambhar

My Gongura Pappu

Bangalore Baker's Long Squash Spinach Dal

Sanyukta Gour's Sambhar

My Rubbina Pulusu

Rupa's Traditional Gujarati Dal

Jay's Vegetable Sambar

Nithu Bala's Poricha Kuzhambu

Suparna Shaligram's Dal Fry

Jagruthi's Gujarati Tuver Dal

Kiran's Cucumber Daal

Kiran's Mango Dal

Kiran's Amaranth-Mango-Potato-Red Raddish Daal

My Vadiyala Pulusu

And non blogger, Geeta Ram has sent two entries and the recipes are below.

Geeta's Potato Dal
Medium size potatoes 2
Slit green chillies 4
Toor dal 1 cup
Tamarind juice to taste
Salt to taste
Few curry leaves
For tadka: cooking oil 2 to 3 teaspoon, 1/4 tsp each - mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds & urad dhal, hing to taste, broken red chillies 3 to 4

Cook dal in the pressure cooker,adding pinch of haldi powder. Cook the potatoes adding salt. Mix both. Add salt, tamarind juice, curry leaves and green chillies and tadka. Boil the dal till it gets the sambar consistency.
This is a very tasty dal that goes well with rice and roties. Adding hing is very important because this enhances the taste!!

Geeta's Methi Dal:
2 cups toordal
One big bunch fresh methi leaves - chopped fine
4 to 6 slit green chillies
Tamarind juice to taste
1 tsp rice flour mixed with little water
A pinch of haldi
Salt to taste
For tadka: 1 Tbsp oil, 1 tsp each - mustard seeds & urad dal, 1/4 tsp methi seeds, hing and broken red chillies 4 to 6

Cooking part:
Boil dal in a pressure cooker till it is soft and mushy. Wash the methi leaves and keep it ready. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, hing and red chillies. Take care not to burn the tadka ingredients especially red chillies. Then add methi leaves and saute till it gets soft and well cooked. Add dal and water to get the sambar consistency. Then add the rice flour paste, tamarind juice, salt, green chillies and switch of the stove when you get a nice aroma.
This is a very tasty dal and goes well with rice.


Rupali Jain's Dal Dry

Dal / Subzi

Pavithra Srihari's Bottlegourd with Cowpeas

Jay's Chole Masala

Theme of the next event:

And now continuing the celebration of Indian cuisine, let's move to the other side dishes on our platters. For the next event, I want to concentrate on sidedishes other than dal / subzis.
Just to give an idea, some of the dishes that fall into this category (that I can think of right now) are rasams / gojjus / kadhis /  raitas / pachi pulusu / theeya pulusu kind of stuff. Any other suggestions are welcome.

Guidelines to participate in the event are as follows:
1. Publish and send me a vegetarian / vegan side dish entry anytime between June 18th - August 31st, 2010. Please do not send me a dal / subzi - curry / chutney - pickle recipe.
2. Link to this event announcement page in your post.
3. Please send me an email notifying about your entry at toveggieplatter@hotmail.com with the subject 'Side Dishes' and the following details - your name, name & URL of the recipe and a picture of the dish.
4. Non bloggers can email me the recipe and a picture, if they have one.
5. Multiple entries and recipes submitted to other entries are also welcome. Recipes from archives can also be sent if they are reposted with a link to this announcement page.

Expecting your enthusiasm and participation as always !!!

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Rach said...

Lovely roundup, hope to send a few entries for Indian side dish(veg).

Veggie Hut said...

Lovely round up! glad to be a part of this..

Priya Suresh said...

Definitely a fabulous roundup, many delicious dals..Great work Suma..will send my entries definitely for ur next event..

Kiran said...

Nie roundup,many delicious dals to try.Love the new evetn too.Will send in my entries.

Unknown said...

Wow Suma, that is a wonderful wonderful roundup. I mean wow, those are loooooooooooooooot of dals and so many of those are new to me. I love it. Bookmarking the page for future references :)

I will surely try to participate in your "Side Dish" event :)

MyExperimentsWithFood said...

Excellent round up. So many new dishes to try. Congrats on the success of the event and I'm glad to be part of this. Will send some entries for the next event.

SS blogs here said...

Thanks for hosting this round-up. This single page has so many dals we will certainly be returning every now and then to try them! :)

The next event too sounds interesting. Best wishes!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

ahhh....wonderful roundup dear....glad to b a part of this awesome roundup....great job darling...count me in for the new event....great thought

Nithu Bala said...

Suma, the round up is great..good to see the dishes..the next theme sounds good..will send you entries..

Champa said...

Wow, what a collection of dals. Thanks for all the hard work.

Nitha said...

Great round up Suma.. Good to the see the next theme.. Will send you entries for sure..

Torviewtoronto said...

Lovely round up Suma

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Wow Suma!! sooo many Dal recipes. beautiful roundup

Nupur said...

Thank you for hosting this wonderful event, Suma! I love that you categorized the dals so that I can easily find a new way to cook any particular dal. So many wonderful recipes here.

suma said...

Wow!! What a round up Suma!!

Simplyfood said...

Lovely round up nad agreat selection of recipes.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Great roundup !! Wonderful line up of delicious dals..

Smita said...

Wonderful round-up...lots of interesting recipes...

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

Wow...u rocked the roundup
very fascinatingly presented.
Love to participate in ongoing event too.
Hope you would be interested to take part in " I Love my Dad " ongoing event in my space.

Suji said...

Amazing round up Suma, we are happy to be a part of it. Nice array of delicious dals...

Kairali sisters

Malaysian Delicacies said...

Luvly roundup and so many ideas to cook with dals.

Life is beautiful !!! said...

A very healthy and helpful round-up. I will visit this page more often :)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Lovely varities of dals nice...

GayathriRaj said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwww thats agr8 roound up dear....really very nice to see all the variety of dals at one place....really very good evnt...and the nxt event is also too good...will send in my entry soon....

PranisKitchen said...

what a grt round up..net theme is really good one.sure will participate..

AvanthiRao said...

very nice event , will send my entry too to the next event :)

sonu said...

hi suma,lovely round up with a beautiful healthy collection of dal recipes,i guess u 4got to post my entry which i mailed u on 30th may,pls do chk and lemme know..

Panchpakwan said...

Super roundup Suma..so many dal..

Ash said...

AWESOME DAL MELA!!!! Enjoyed every single entry...... Looking forward to participating in the next... :-)


Padmajha said...

Lovely roundup!!!Bookmarked this page.I will send in a few entries for the next event too...Happy hosting!

Siri said...

that is one lovely roundup Suma! :) such yummy entries. I am hosting MLLA 25 this month, so I gave a link back in the announcement post to this roundup. :)


Amritha Kalyani said...

This is a great way to get innovative receipes. This is my first visit and this has inspired me to send entires for your current event...

Guna's kitchen said...

lovely round up...i want to send sambar to you next event.. its dat ok(sambar) if not plz tell me...

first time here... very wonderful collection of recipes... if u find time viist my blog.. added u in my blogger frinds list.. glad to follow u

Sukanya Yogesh said...

I loved the round-up. Awesome clicks makes you want to try all the recipes. Does Pudina Thokku count as a side dish, its something like a gojju. Please check my link,
if ok I will send my entry to your ongoing event.

Akanksha said...

great event..you have a nice blog,following you

? said...

Good snapshot in the icon for the event.
Am a little confused about the Vegan/ vegetarian Side-dish stipulations given here.
What kind of subzi is allowed/ not allowed?
In hindi it connotates a dry vegetable dish; for south indian's it would a dry dish like a 'thoran' and could be mixed with cooked lentils.
Side dishes are usually made with vegetables, veg-lentil mix or then they become the wet salads /pacchadi's, chutney's and pickles.

Lav said...

hey first time here...wonderful round up.....lovely events..would love to participate ..will send my entry soon...Happy to follow u



Jayanthy Kumaran said...

Hy Suma,

Beautiful presentation...loved your awesome space...happy to follow u..:)
Do drop in at my space sometime..

Smita said...

Hi Suma....Looking forward to see the round-up for ur "SideDishes from India" Event
Also hope to see ur contribution in my "LunchBox Treats" Event.


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