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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Panchmel Dal (Mixed Lentils Curry)

                                                                             
Dal ( Lentils ) is a rich source of proteins and other important nutrients for everyone particularly for vegetarians. There are many types of dal each having different color and nourishment values.  I recall having this preparation at a friend's place. It tasted superb and was an instant hit. The key point here is the tempering preparation and the timing in which the process is completed. Hope you like the recipe and have a lot of compliments from near and dear ones for your preparation.


Ingredients:
To Pressure Cook Dal with other ingredients you need:
1/4 cup Split Black Gram 
1/4 cup Masoor Dal
1/4 cup Toor Dal
1/4 cup whole Urad Dal
1/4 cup Chana Dal
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Salt to taste
1"inch Cinnamon
3 cups of Water


In a large bowl, mix all the lentils. Wash and soak them for 1-2 hours. After that pressure cook all the above ingredients for 10-15 minutes or until soft.


                                                                                      
For Tempering you need:
3 tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methidana)
2 Green chillies
2 Onions, chopped
6 Garlic pods, smashed
1" inch Ginger
1 tsp Kashmiri lal mirch
1/2 Garam masala
1 Tomato, chopped
Coriander leaves-Handful (optional)


Method:
Take a pan add ghee and and heat over medium flame. Add cumin seeds and once it starts spluttering add chopped onions, green chillies, garlic, ginger along with fenugreek seeds and saute for few seconds. Add tomato and mix well. Cover and cook until tomatoes are done and fry till oil separates, pour cooked dal, adjust salt and check the consistency of dal. Add garam masala and mix well to incorporate into the dal. Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves (optional).
This dal goes well with phulkas or even with jeera rice. We had this mixed dal with rice, pickle and papad.
                                                                   

59 comments:

  1. Such a healthy and comfort dhal. Perfect for white rice.

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  2. ki sundor chhobi Deepa. darun hoeche dalta.

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  3. That's look fantastic. Yum Yum Love to have this with bati.

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  4. Dal looks superb n really comforting...agree wid the tadka addition n d timing part..:)

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  5. Dear Deepa
    I like this tempering, a real well researched one..I have all the dal in stock and will try . I assume that split black gram is dhuli Udad and the whole Udad is with the skin on! ( I am always confused on this :-) ) .
    Have a nice week ahead
    Kaku

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  6. Delicious lentils curry, nice combination. Great clicks :)

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  7. Wow! Curry loaded with proteins. Healthy and delicious..

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  8. Delicious daal Deepa. Love your pictures.

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  9. Healthy and tempting dhal. Looks yummy.

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  10. Protein packed delicious dal curry.

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  11. Very healthy recipe...I make this dal in slight diff manner...This one looks amazing...

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  12. I like this one so much it fulls of flavors n the tempering is awesome..

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  13. Comforting dal..full of flavor..perfect with rice

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  14. Lovely Daal curry. Was looking for a good mixed daal curry. Here I got one. Sure to try sometime :)

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  15. I like this with baati ...nice pics Deepa ...looks yum

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  16. Dal looks fabulous, yummy and exotic. Perfect with roti. Wonderful presentation.
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  17. Deepa loved the fuse of ingredients in the tempering- nice dish

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  18. Happy friendship day, deepa. Panchmel Dal looks creamy, awesome. This dal is also very healthy.

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  19. Very healthy version of dhal, nice presentation too.

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  20. Dal is comfort food for all of us. But I've never tried cooking with three different varieties in one single dish. Sounds yummy!

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  21. Hi Deepa,Happy friendship day,dal looks yummy and creamy.. those fresh flowers and white papads also looks so nice.

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  22. Yummy...love to eat dal anytime.

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  23. simple and comfortindg dal with flavourful spices

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  24. Nutritious & yummy dal!!! Bookamrked!!! Im trying this out next week when my aunt comes over for a visit.. :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  25. comforting delicious looking dal curry looks wonderful

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  26. such a healthy curry.. just so comforting.. will try this out soon..
    like always.. love ur clicks..

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  27. Very well tempered dal looks wonderful.

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  28. very healthy n delicious dear, looks yummy

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  29. Dal looks so delicious.A yummy nice way to have your protein intake

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  30. what a perfect curry - I love that you have lentils in this!

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  31. This is one of my fav dals. Such a comfort recipe. Yours looks yum :)

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  32. Looks so comforting and should be packed with protein with those dals! Nice presentation!

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  33. Hi Deepa,

    In my day to day cooking, I generally mix 2-3 varieties of dal. This one looks very special with the unique tempering. Will give it a try. You know the other day, we had been to the Total Mall and they have this Bengali food section which had Bodi, Jharna Ghee, Nolen Gur, PanchMel Dal(raw lentils mixed), Khichudi mix(Raw Rice and Lentils mixed) and most Bengali food stuff which we rarely get in Bangalore...

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  34. Burppppp...feel like just had full meal here! :)

    How are you dear? This curry is calling me!

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  35. woww.. this looks so creamy and delicious..Perfect for roti's

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  36. Yum! That looks delicious dear :) awesome presentation

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  37. Hey Deepa, you know this one is my fav, I am in a habit of mixing two or three dals while cooking, but once I had this panchmel dal in Raaga, a Rajasthani resto in Indiranagar, I was simply bowled over...looks so yummy and comforting..

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  38. Very nutritious and healthy dal..looks delicious!

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  39. I love this dal it looks so creamy and lovely ..perfect with rice Deepa:)

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  40. This is so watering !! I loved it as it reminded me of my Punjab Visit in a Dhaba !! That's real fantastic !!

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  41. Very simple and elegant looking dal and of course very healthy!

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  42. Yummy panchmel dal...we cook it often and I know your recipe would taste wonderful! Give me some parathas to eat them all! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  43. Very hearty looking and delish dal- love recipes like these!

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  44. This is new to me....I will definitely try soon. Looks absolutely delicious dear.

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  45. I made this today!!and WOW.. must say i am speechless.. it tasted heavenly!

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  46. Looks really tasty and mouthwatering clicks.

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  47. wow delicious recipe,luks so tempting...

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