Cook's Hideout: Gujarati Dal for ICC January

February 15, 2011

Gujarati Dal for ICC January

For this month’s Indian Cooking Challenge (ICC), Valli chose Gujarati Dal from Sukham Ayu cookbook. I own a copy of the book, but never made this dish, so thank you valli for picking this nutritious and delicious dish for ICC. This post also is the last in our 7 day mini marathon. As I said earlier the marathon has been great experience and an opportunity to get to know so many talented bloggers that I didn’t know before. I’ve bookmarked quite a few recipes and I hope to try them pretty soon. Coming to the Gujarati dal recipe.

I substituted some of the ingredients due to lack of availability. I cook with yam very frequently, but didn’t have any on hand when making the dish; I’m going to make this dish strictly per the recipe again when I have all the ingredients on hand.

Gujarati DalIngredients:
Toor dal – ½ cup
Tamarind: 2tbsp
Cluster beans (Goru chikkudu kaya) – ¼ cup, thawed if frozen
Green chilies – 2, slit
Ginger – 1” piece, finely chopped
Peanuts – 1tbsp (I used unsalted roasted peanuts)
Ground Coriander – 2tsp
Ground Cumin – 1tsp
Jaggery – 1tsp
Turmeric – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Coriander leaves – ½ cup, chopped
Salt – to taste

For tempering:
Mustard seeds (Aavalu)– 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds (Menthulu) – 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chili – 2
Curry leaves – 5-6
Asafoetida – pinch

  • Pressure cook toor dal with 2 cups until very soft. When cool enough to handle, mash dal smooth.
  • Add all ingredients except for garam masala, coriander leaves and tempering ingredients to the smooth dal along with 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer on medium-low flame and cook for 15-20 minutes until all the flavors are mingle.
  • In a small sauce pan, heat 2tsp ghee for the tempering; add mustard seeds and once they start sputtering, lower the heat and add fenugreek seeds. Next add the dry red chili, hing and curry leaves.
  • Once everything starts to sputter and smell aromatic, add it quickly to the dal.
  • Add garam masala, salt and coriander leaves to the dal; bring to a boil and simmer for another 5 minutes before turning off the heat.
Serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

Gujarati Dal
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  1. I guess the peanut is key for this dhal, never tried it- should be awesome with rice!

  2. Yummy dal, looks soo delicious and comforting..loved that mild sweetness in this dal, i enjoyed making,will post mine tonite..

  3. This one was really yummy, wasn't it?

  4. Another master piece in Gujarati Dal

  5. the daal looks delish...i couldn't do ICC this time...i missed it!

  6. A very simple and flavourful dal....I enjoyed this challenge.

  7. I missed out on this challenged.

  8. Comforting and yumm dal..very flavorful too..

  9. Yummm... love the clicks and i enjoyed cooking this dal too

  10. Dhal recipe looks very yummy, the pictures are really beautiful.


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