Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rajasthani Panchmel Dal

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 You know what I got on mother's day ? This... 

And for someone who never expected this, it came as a very pleasant surprise.

As mothers we know that we are being appreciated and loved, but its nice to see the feelings being expressed.

Needless to say I was deeply touched.

Coming back to the recipe of the day. This Rajasthani Panchmel dal is mixture of 5 dals ( though I only used 4 to make Its cooked in fragrant spices and then tempered to give a nice smoky flavor. This recipe was a great find as its perfect for daily dinner rotation.

Rajasthani Panchmel Dal
(Inspired from this recipe on

What's needed :
2 tbsp each of toor dal,masoor dal,mung dal,chana dal and green whole mung dal ( i did not have the last one)
1/2 medium onion finely chopped
1 tomato roughly chopped
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp or more of chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

For the tempering
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 or 2 dry red chillies or green chillies

oil as required

How To:
  • Soak all the dals for at least 10mins and set aside.
  • Over hot oil combine the ginger-garlic paste and the chopped onion until onion is soft. 
  • Add the tomatoes and the dry powders. Saute till the mixture is fragrant and leaves oil.
  • Add the dal plus 5C of water. Allow the dals to cook. This may take around 30min.
  • Optionally you can transfer mixture to a a pressure cooker or rice cooker to speed up the process.
  • Once the dal is cooked, over hot oil combine the ingredients of tempering and add it to the cooked dal.
  • Add salt and taste. 
  • Serve with rice , rotis or like I did with dosas.
"This is the only dal you should make" was Vijay's remark. We all love thick and hearty stews.

But like I said this is a very hearty dal with bursts of spice, since the dals are cooked with the spices. Hearty and smooth because of the heavy dals like chana dal and toor dal. A perfect accompaniment to any meal and also to the rava dosas I made this weekend.

Have a great weekend !!


Priya said...

Beautiful card, dal looks super thick and comforting..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow Suparna, I am so happy that you tried my recipe and liked it too. It is our family favorite. I make sure I make it at least once a week :)

That is such a beautiful and touching card. I am waiting for the time when my kids will be old enough to get me something thoughtful like this (they are 6 years and 20 months now) :)

Anonymous said...

Vijay kaun hai?? The spouse? - Shobana.