A simple recipe of ‘Dal Chaawal’ has a lot of potential. Regardless of vegetarians or meat lovers, every Indian at some point of his/her life must have missed his/her so called ‘Maa ki hath ka Dal Chaawal’. I always crave for my mother’s simple yet tasty ‘Dal’ cooked with minimum spices with a dash of lemon squeezed on it (In my view it is my mother’s love and affection that enhances the taste).
‘Dal Chaawal’ is a very common food prepared at most Indian homes on regular basis however the taste varies from one region to another. With a slight change of spices and techniques numerous varieties of ‘Dal’ are prepared with different taste, texture and colour. However, the most interesting thing that I have experienced is, the taste of same ‘Dal’ following the same recipe will taste different when prepared by different hands. I guess that is why we say one’s touch changes the taste of a recipe.
I would like to share two recipes of ‘Dal’ with my readers. The first recipe can be prepared in no time yet tasty. The second recipe will follow a little elaborate procedure and which can be made with a little spare time in hand. The first recipe is given below. The second recipe will follow in my next blog.
Jhatpat (Instant) Dal recipe
Easy to go yummy Dal recipe. It is best when served with rice and pickle. You may also have it with salad or papad.
Preparation time: 05 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 100 gms or 1 cup Moong Dal (or Toor dal any dal readily available)
- 1tsp Ghee or sunflower oil.
- Salt to taste
- 400 ml of water or 2 to 3 cups
- ½ tsp Ginger finely chopped or grated or paste (optional)
- ½ tsp Cumin or Jeera
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1-2 red chillies (optional)
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp chilly powder(optional for spicy)
- ½ tsp Jeera/cumin powder
- ½ tsp Garam Masala powder (optional)
- 1 medium tomatoes chopped
- Vegetables chopped to enhance the healthy value(optional)
- Chopped coriander leaves(optional)
Please note that this Dal will be prepared together with the tadka which eventually saves time and labour
- Wash the Dal and drain the water.
- First place the pressure cooker on the oven and heat it.
- Pour oil and whole jeera, ginger and green chillies.
- Add turmeric, chilly powder and keep stirring.
- Add tomatoes and let it soften.
- Add vegetables, if you wish or else skip this step
- Add the Dal and water.
- Add garam masala and give a final stir.
- Put the lid and wait for three whistle.
- Once done open the lid and serve the Dal garnishing with chopped coriander leaves.
- If you are running out of time then simply after the second step put everything together in the cooker and let the flames do the wonder.
- This Dal recipe can also be prepared with just five ingredients i.e. oil, Moong dal, whole cumin/jeera, Green/red chillies, turmeric powder and salt.
- For cooking Dal in pressure cooker, my little trick for the newbies to handle pressure cooker. Put the lid and wait for the first whistle with the flames on high and then after first whistle put the flames on low and wait for two more whistle. Switch off the flame after three whistle and wait till the pressure of the cooker get fully released gradually. This procedure doesn’t take much time and the dal is cooked perfectly.
- For an enhanced flavour add a tsp of ghee to the hot Dal just before serving.
I personally prepare this very often specially on weekdays when I am totally exhausted after a hectic schedule and try hard to avoid using those easily available food apps. Trust me this recipe is one of the easiest feel-at-home recipe. Please do try this out and share your experiences with me.