Saturday, October 8, 2011

Panchmel dal (mom's recipe)/ Five lentil mix

My mom is expert in vegetarian cooking and used to make a lot of varieties, which I appreciate more and more now. Sometimes a seemingly simple recipe is so delicious and requires so little effort that you are surprised by it. So when I asked my mom what to cook ( yeah, I keep poking for ideas), she told me this recipe.

Panchmel dal /five lentil mix

  1. Split green gram dal-1/4 cup
  2. Chana dal- 1/4 cup
  3. Washed yellow moong dal- 1/4 cup
  4. Washed urad dal- 1 tbsp
  5. Toor/arhar  dal -1/4 cup
  6. Ginger- 1" piece,grated
  7. Onion-1, medium, chopped
  8. Green chillies-1 chopped
  9. Salt to taste and turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

For tadka/tempering
    1. Garlic-2 cloves sliced thinly
    2. Heeng/asafoetida- 1 pinch
    3. Jeera/cumin seeds- 1 tsp 
    4. Ghee/ clarified butter- 1/2 Tbsp
  1. Take all the dals in a container and wash them thoroughly.
  2. Put these together in a pressure cooker and add water.
  3. Add ginger, chopped onions, green chillies, salt & turmeric powder.
  4. Cook on high flame till 2 whistles and then on medium low flame for few minutes till its done.
  5. For tadka, heat ghee in a tadka pan.
  6. Add jeera and heeng. When the jeera sizzles , add sliced garlic.
  7. Sauté for a few minutes.
  8. Pour the tadka contents in the cooked dal and stir.
  9. Heat for a few seconds and serve hot with roti/ indian flatbread.

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