Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Darbari Daal

Olympics is going on in London. Though, I hardly find any time to sit and watch, some sports legends are just larger than life. Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Gabbie Douglas of the United States, Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang, Vijay Kumar,  Mary Kom of India, Yusain Bolt of Jamaica, Andrew Murray of Great Britain - They all are heroes. I cheered, hoped and bit my nails whenever I watched or read about them. But only one person, while doing what he does the best, left me speechless and spellbound was Oscar Pistorius of South Africa. You are a winner, Oscar! Kudos to your tenacity.

Alrighty, let's go to the recipes. I receive Tarla Dalal's recipes every week in my email. I generally just save the recipes to browse later. Some time back, I received "Darbari Daal" which sounded interesting. However, when I was actually cooking, I was not in a mood to turn the computer on and check the recipe. I went on creating my own darbari daal based on whatever I remembered and whatever was available in the pantry and fridge.

Tarla Dalal's real recipe is here for reference.

Darbari Daal
1/2 cup toor daal
1/4 cup masoor daal

2 tbsp plain yogurt
salt to taste
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp paprika or mild chili powder

1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp kasoori methi
1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small tomato, finely chopped

Suggested Accompaniment
Onion Kulcha
Plain Paratha
Jeera Rice

1. Pressure cook daal mixture and mash and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add cumin seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder.
3. As they splutter, add onion. Saute for 2 minutes. Now add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 1 minute.
4. Now, add tomato, kasoori methi. Saute for 2 minutes.
5. Stir in yogurt and saute for 5 minutes.
6. Add garam masala, paprika, cooked daal, salt. Add 1/4 cup water.
7. Simmer.

1. This daal should be thick.

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