15 Feb 2011

Gujarati Daal from Sukham Ayu- ICC

This months Indian Cooking Challenge was Gujarati Daal from Pratibha's award winning second book "Sukham Ayu ". When I first read the recipe it sounded interesting as it had four flavours in it- sweet, sour, pungent and spicy. The first 2 flavours were the main ones with the next 2 flavours as undertones....


I was ready to try and I am glad that I did as it tasted so different from the usual daal preparations but I must say the taste needs some "getting used to". It has a very distinct flavour from the rest with unique combination of ingredients.


Toor daal: 150 gms.
Drumsticks: 6-8
Groundnuts: a handful.
Green chillies [chopped]: 3.
Fresh ginger [peeled and chopped]: 1 inch piece.
Tumeric powder: 1/2 tsp



Dates: 4-5
Tamarind paste: 2 tsp.
Dhania powder [freshly ground]: 2 tsp.
Cumin powder [freshly ground]: 1 tsp.
Jaggery : 2 tsp.
Salt: to taste.

For tempering:
Mustard seeds and cumin seeds: each 1/2 tsp.
Fenugreek seeds and asafoetida powder: each 1/4 tsp.
Red chillies: 3-4
Curry leaves: 1 sprig.
Cow's ghee: 2 tsp.


For garnishing:
Garam masala: 1/2 tsp.
Coriander leaves: few.

1.Wash and soak the dhal for 20 mins. Pressure cook the daal for 2-3 whistles with 2 cups of water along with the tumeric, drumsticks, ginger, groundnuts and chillies.
2.When the pressure settles down, open the lid and place the cooker on medium flame.
3.Add the tamarind paste, chopped dates, dhania and cumin powder and simmer for 8-10 mins. Add 1/2 cup of water if the daal is too thick.


4.Temper the ingredients given [except asafoetida] and add to the cooked daal at the end of 10 mins.
5.Add the jaggery and salt and simmer for 2 mins. Remove from flame and add the asafoetida. Mix well.
6.Garnish with garam masala and coriander leaves.

Serve with rice, poriyal and appalams.


Note: I used pitted dates which became very mushy at the end. So add the dates during the last stages of cooking [probably 5 mins before removing from flame].
          I used frozen drumsticks and I wanted all the flavours to blend well. That is why I pressure cooked the first six ingredients together.
         The dhania and cumin powder was freshly prepared which changed the whole flavour of the dish.
         I usually add the asafoetida last as the flavour is retained that way. Adding the jaggery in the end wonderfully rounded off the dish.
         I couldn't get hold of yams- will try to include when I prepare the dish next time.

Enjoy......

Scribbled by Reva.

30 comments:

Priya said...

SUch a comforting dal, looks inviting..

The Foodie said...

Daal is looking so nice and authentic. I too made it and it was loved by everyone.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Your tips are really valuable while making this. this multi flavor dish looks delicious

Deepa
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Kurinji said...

Very tempting dal and beautiful clicks Reva....
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Vimitha Anand said...

A different dal variety... Gonna try this...

schmetterlingwords said...

A quite different Dal... Should definitely try this to know how the different flavours blend and taste... Thanks for the recipe :-)

Ramya said...

Very flavorful dal:-)
Great clicks as always:-)

Prathima Rao said...

The dal looks amazing reva!! And thx a ton for reminding me of ur event..Completely slipped my mind that crumble is british too..I have actually drafted a bread & bytter pudding which i shall send soon..Meanwhile im sending the crumble too..
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Pari said...

The dal looks simple to try with mixed flavours.

FOODELICIOUS

Priti said...

The dal looks so yum n perfect ..nice clicks

asiya omar said...

asusual an another good recipe from reva.

Biny Anoop said...

wow awesome dal and pretty pics

My Little Space said...

Hi REva, thanks for visiting my blog earlier. YOu have a very lovely blog here. Your mango sticky rice looks incredible and loving the addition of passionfruit. Absolutley yummmm.... Hope to hear from you more often. Have a sweet & loving day. Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
Cheers, Kristy

aipi said...

I love the sweet n tangy taste of this dal very much..looks very appetizing, and your presentation is fab as always :)


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S.Menaga said...

love this simple dhal!!

Rachu said...

Wonderful clicks..dal is so tempting

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Amritha Kalyani said...

love dhal.. this one is seems to have good flavors. tangy sweet dhal.. am gonna try this one day..

Harika's Kitchen said...

very innovative

GEETHA ACHAL said...

Looks so tempting...Nice Clicks...

rekhas kitchen said...

Thats a fantastic dal looks yumm.

divya said...

Omg, dal makes me hungry..Soo tempting!

Suma Gandlur said...

Flavorful and comforting!

Jisha said...

dal looks perfect and yummy

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Lovely recipe...looks delicious...

Kankana said...

i never made or had Gujarati daal .. it's time i give it a shot ! ;)

Sowmya said...

A refreshing twist to dal and a welcome new variety....must definitely try this!

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Srivalli said...

Beautiful clicks reva..glad you joined us..

kaveri said...

hai Revathi

I have become a fan of your photographs. Each dish looks so tempting. I feel like trying out each and every dish and I sure will.

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savitha ramesh said...

simple daal with lovely clicks......thanks for sharing....btw did u get my mail.i have sent it long back linking cinnamon sticks and cheesy egg toast

veena krishnakumar said...

lovely dal and great clicks

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