Everyone knows that the myriad lentil/dal recipes in India originated from Punjab – the land of the five rivers!They concocted various recipes and wowed inquisitive and curious foodies with their ghee laced rotis,great tasting dals,delicious spiced vegetables,succulent paneer gravies and ghee packed desserts!Ask “Pinni’ lovers (a tasty wheat flour ball dessert) and they will swear by the quantity of ghee!Back in the day the items were made with golden ghee and white butter and no one thought about adding calories or getting fat!No one cared about their figures and how they would fit into tight dresses for a party.
However once in a while I love using ghee and butter in my dals and they taste just out of this world.This recipe involves the use of five lentils and white butter will be liberally used to temper them.You may use Oil but as I said make this once a while and workout hard the next day!Give yourself a treat once a while!
Preparation Time : 45 minutes – 1 hour
Makes : 4 servings
4 tsp Tur Dal
4 tsp Mung Dal (split)
4 tsp Urad Dal (spit)
4 tsp Masoor Dal
4 tsp Chana Dal
6 tbsp ghee
1/2 cup Onions – sliced
1 tsp Black Cumin seeds (shahi jeera)
2 tsp Coriander Powder (dhania)
1/2 tsp Turmwric powder (haldi)
2 tsp salt (adjust as required)
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder (saunf)
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
The tempering :
4 tbsp white butter
2 medium Tomatoes – chopped
2 tbsp Yogurt – beaten
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tsp Asafoetida (heeng)
Add all the dals in a pressure cooker and add 2 cups water,1 tsp salt and turmeric powder.Pressure cook for 4 – 5 whistles or till the lentils are almost mashed.Keep aside.
Heat ghee in a pan and add black cumin and sauté till they crackle.Add Onions and sauté till light brown.Add cumin and fennel powders and mix well.Add the cooked lentils and mix till well amalgamated.
The tempering :
Heat butter and add asafoetida and red chilli powder.Sauté for 2 minutes and add Tomatoes.Cook for 4 – 5 minutes till Tomatoes are tender and add Garam Masala.Take off heat and stir in yogurt.Pour on top of the prepared Dal.Cover and keep for 15 – 20 minutes till the flavours settle down and combine with the dal.
Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with roti,phulka or plain rice!