Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Maakhani Daal

BM #30   Week 4   Day 1

We are in the final week of BM # 30 and I have opted for my native recipes.So for the coming two days it is Sindhi Cuisine.There is such a long list of these recipes that I actually could not decide what to post.I went with the flow, whatever was cooked in routine has been blogged. For today we have a simple daal, which sounds fancy, but no it is one quick daal with no fuss no frills!!

This daal was generally served with pooris for breakfast, but now we serve it with chapatis for lunch.This is perfect for the kids or babies or for the oldies.Yes you have to minus the spice garnish.Ghee or oil can be adjusted to one's taste and habits.Well I sometimes don't add any ghee tempering, yet am happy with the taste.

1 cup yellow moong daal
Salt to taste
Pinch turmeric powder

Red chilly powder
Black pepper
Dry mango powder
Roasted cumin seed powder
Coriander powder
Garam masala

2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seed
Pinch asafoetida

Wash and soak the daal for at least an hour.
Put about 2 cups water to boil.
Add the soaked daal, salt and turmeric powder.
Cook on full flame, you will observe froth on top.
Simmer the gas, remove the froth.
Cook on slow fire till the daal is well cooked.
Blend the daal with a wooden ladle , to make it smooth.
The consistency of the daal should be thick.
Adjust by adding water.
Remove the daal in the serving bowl.
Sprinkle all the spices mentioned under garnish.
Among these spices mango powder is a must.
Heat ghee , add cumin seed and asafoetida and temper the daal.
Serve with chapati.

This is one of the simplest daals which can be prepared by anyone.
The key to the taste of the daal lies in a few points which enhance the taste.

Soaking the daal.
Spices used for garnish, be lavish, you will like them.
Tempering with ghee...that is if you like the flavor of ghee else you can use oil.
You could also top the daal with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander and green chillies.

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  1. wow dal looks absolutely yummy :)

  2. Looks really awesome Vaishali..looking fwd to read more abt your cuisine!

  3. Dal color and tadka makes this meal so tempting and attractive :)

  4. Dal and roti always makes a simple yet comforting meal. Nice looking dal

  5. Dal looks seriously irresistible, fingerlicking dal definitely.

  6. Yesterday only tried this dal such an mouthwatering one. link this to my on going CWS EVENT

  7. this is so simple but beautiful , i love the tempering, it is a big bang of flavors

  8. Looks so nice. We'll try it tomorrow...

  9. The colors look so inviting! For some reason I always thought Dal makhani means the recipe with whole moong. Can we make this with split moong as well?

  10. Good one! Somehow my husband can't eat roti with dal.

  11. OMG, those pics are soo tempting. I'm going to try this dal very soon.

  12. Wow. Superb pics vaishali. Bookmarked.