Cook's Hideout: Darbari Dal (Revisitng Recipe)

October 24, 2014

Darbari Dal (Revisitng Recipe)

Blogging Marathon# 45: Week 4/ Day 1
Theme: Revisiting Old Recipes
Dish: Darbari Dal
We are starting our final week of blogging marathon today and I picked a seemingly easy theme, Revisiting Old recipes. But it was quite a tough task picking just 3 dishes to revisit from my archives. This blog has been around for more than 8 years and there are ton of dishes that need some TLC. So after browsing through the blog for a very very long time I decided on 3 dishes that I wanted to remake and take some new pics.
Darbari Dal

For the first day, I picked this creamy and delicious Darbaari dal that I made more than 3 years ago. It is made with a combo of 3 dals (toor, moong and masoor) and is flavored with kasoori methi and garam masala. Interesting twist comes with the addition of yogurt and cream -- making it creamy and smooth. This is a perfect accompaniment for rotis/ parathas and flavored rice like jeera rice or peas pulao.
I am copy-pasting the recipe again for my own benefit.

Masoor dal (Red lentils) – 1/3 cup
Moong dal – 1/3 cup
Toor dal (Kandi pappu) – 3tbsp
Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomatoes – 2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger + garlic paste – 1tsp
Kasoori Methi – 2tsp
Turmeric – pinch
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Coriander powder – 1tsp
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Yogurt – 2tbsp
Cream – 2tbsp
Salt – to taste

  • Rinse dals and soak them in water for about an hour.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds; once the seeds start to sputter, add kasoori methi and onions and cook until translucent. Add g+g paste and cook for another minute.
  • Next add the tomatoes and all the powders and salt; cook until tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Next add the soaked dals; mix well to coat them with the spices.
  • Add 2½ cups of hot water; close the lid and cook for 3 whistles on high. Lower the flame and cook for 1 more whistle.
  • Wait till the pressure releases, open the lid and stir in the yogurt and cream. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Darbari Dal
Lets check what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 45.


  1. Wow pavani...that's a great new pic you got there!..Was the old pic taken with a P&S?..

    1. Thank you Valli :-) Yes, the old photo was taken with my advanced P&S that I had at the time. Also that was taken in my 'lightbox' and the latest one with natural light.

  2. Great presentation. The recipe sounds great and the picture looks awesome.

  3. Flavor ful dal.. I love thick dals

  4. The name of the dish itself is very catchy. Will try it soon as the dish sounds simple and rich at the same time.
    And love the presentation.

  5. Revisiting old posts is again very difficult. have done a good job..and I didn't know you blog since 8 years..that's a real long time..kudos dear.

  6. Wow, this dal is just asking me to have with some rice, looks absolutely stunning, beautiful click there Pavani.

  7. The difference in the pictures is stunning!! Love the creamy dal as well.

  8. wow such an royal dal looks darbari style indeed :) looks so tempting , I wud love to mix up with steamed rice and have them right away !!

  9. you pictures are always so amazing - I imagine you had to search hard to find pictures that needed improving


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