Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dal Makhani & Awards

Know What You Eat: Lentils-A Fiber All Star


Check a chart of the fiber content in foods; you'll see legumes leading the pack. Lentils, like other beans, are rich in dietary fiber, both the soluble and insoluble type. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that snares bile (which contains cholesterol)and ferries it out of the body. Research studies have shown that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis. This dish is a special North Indian delight, cooked with butter, cream to make it look visually & tastefully rich, the recipe version below is low in fat. Try it, a sure hit..

Dal Makhani

Preparation/Soaking time: 5 hours
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves 2

Ingredients:


1 C Black urad dal, boiled (split-black lentil)
few Rajma (red kidney beans) soaked 4-5 hrs & boiled
1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1 C Tomato puree / crushed tomatoes made into puree
2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Garam Masala *
1 tsp Red chili powder
2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp Melted Butter / Ghee
1/2 C Low-fat Fresh Cream
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
1 tsp Kasthuri Methi
2 C Water
1" Cinnamon stick
2-3 Cardamom, crushed
1 Bay leaf
3 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
Few pinches of Asafoetida


Method:


1.. Pressure cook black urad dal along with rajma upto 4 whistles or untill rajma is cooked.
2.. In a pot, on a medium flame, heat ghee, add cinnamon stick, bay leaf,cardamom, asafoetida, onions and cook untill it gets translucent. Now add tomato puree,ginger garlic paste and cook untill ghee is separated.
3.. Add boiled dal & rajma, then add salt, garam masala,red chili powder,coriander powder,cumin powder,sugar & left-over water from dal and bring it to a boil while constantly stirring it. Let it cook on a medium - slow flame for another 10 mins, as it will thicken itself. Add more water if needed to get the right consistency.
4.. Switch of the stove. Add fresh cream, palm -rubbed kasuri methi, and cilantro, and serve hot with Basmati Rice / Naan / Roti.


Note:
1.  There is no need to soak dal overnight, as it gets cooked faster..dont forget to soak kidney bean tho.
2.  Continuous stirring is required, else this dal tends to stick to the bottom of the pan.
3.  The longer the dal gets cooked in this tomato gravy along with seasonings, the more flavorful it will be.
4.  Remember to add fresh cream when you are just about ready to eat. The dal gets thicken as it gets cold..so make sure you add enough water when you switch off the stove, to get the right consistency.


* Garam Masala: Garam masala means "warm or hot spice mixture", and that is exactly what this traditional Indian spice blend imparts to Indian dishes. For homemade garam masala, mix together 1/2 tsp ground cumin,1/2 tsp ground coriander,1/2 tsp ground pepper,1/2 tsp ground cardamom,1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Toast the ground spices before using.  (Makes: 1 Tbsp)


Now Its Award time: 







Oct 09: We got this award along with meme once again from two of our blogger friends. Thanks Rohini and Uma for passing on this award. Pari & Padma has passed across "over the top award". Really appreciate it. The rule of this award is to share it with 7 people, and this time we would like to pass this on to Sanjana, Prasu,Gulmohar,Sandhya,Avishah,Chitra,Denufood















Event Participation:


This goes straight to MLLA 16th Helping, event hosted by Jeanne of Cooksister, created and administered by the lovely Susan ofThe Well-Seasoned Cook.

43 comments:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is my all time fav. Looks so good. Healthy too...Perfect click. YUM!

prasu said...

Yummy Dhal Makhani dear........lovely click. congrats on all ur awards and thank you for sharing with me..

SE(Denufood) said...

hey congratulations on your awards and thank you so much for passing them on to me...well the dal makhani looks wonderful...

Anncoo said...

Almost everyday, I just hop over to your site and look at the beautiful dish.~~ Nice presentation.

Sanjana said...

Mmmm, I really do love dal makhani! Such a great dish and fantastic recipe! Thank you so much for the awards! I really appreciate it.
Keep up the great work!

Priya said...

Dal makhani looks rich and delicious...COngrats on ur awards!

Nandini said...

*drooling* Aah! This dal makhani is sure delectable and it's scrumptious! Congrats on your awards!

Gulmohar said...

That looks awesome..Congrats on your awards..:-)

Chitra said...

makhani looks too good..Nice click ..congrats on ur award and thanks a ton for sharing with me.Iam honoured :)

Shri said...

Love dal makhani!Pic looks good:)

Parita said...

OMG dal makhani looks perfect and so very inviting, i wish i was your neighbour :-)

munchcrunchandsuch said...

am sure this is many's fav dhal..awesome .

Rohini said...

Thats my all-time fav!! Ur clicks made me hungry!! :)

Anupama said...

Sooooo creamy and delicious looking dal makhani

Poornima Nair said...

Lovely dal...looks so tempting.

janet said...

I love lentils, yours are droolworthy!

chakhlere said...

It looks sooo yummy!!

Its my hubby's so fav dish that I make it almost once in a week or two.

Nostalgia said...

Nice information about the lentil.. thanks for sharing.. Loved the picture and with all the information like you said truly a hit.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wonderful recipe and excellent click! My all time favorite too....

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow delcious dal makhani.nice click.Congrats on ur awards

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Beautifully captured Dhal makhani :)

Pari said...

The Rajma and dal makhani both are looking great.
congrats on so many awards dear.

Prathibha said...

we just love this..looks creamy dear..
congrats on d awards

jayasree said...

Delicious.. Perfect click.
Congrats on those awards.

Anshika said...

I really love Dal Makhani with rice. The buttery flavor is so wonderful. Its just perfect for a winter lunch.

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

Such a long time has gone since I tried lentils last as I hadn't a good recipe to make. I guess this one's is something that could be really yummy!

Suparna said...

hi,
Congratulations on the shower of awards!
Dal makhni looks so rich thick and creamy...tempting click.
TC

notyet100 said...

yummy dal,..gonna try this and let u knw,..;-)

Vrinda said...

I lov this creamy curry with rice and roties...tempting click dear and congrats on ur awards....

DiDo.. said...

I havent been following ur blog. This looks perfect! The problem I always have is the dal never gets cooked on pressure cooking them. Do you have any tips for that? I didnt receive many entries for cheese cheese cheese event, so I will put your contribution into some future event in my blog or at cooking and baking fetish,
cheers,
DiDo

Arundhuti S. Rama said...

looks so delicious!
great click

Renu said...

this is my all time favorite daal....looks yummy !

Angie's Recipes said...

The soup sounds like a perfect soothing soup for any fall day!

Cham said...

Very appetizing and congrats on ur awards!

swarna said...

Dal makhani looks awesome!!!
Tks for visiting my blog..pls do follow

Suma Rajesh said...

have tasted but never tried..will try soon...looks tempting dear..

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a non-veg , so all veg food are my delicacies. U Have a nice site here and will be visiting often.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Wow.. this Dal Makhani rocks!!

Thank you for sharing the awards with me...

avisha said...

Congrats on your awards. You all are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the awards with me .I feel honoured.
I just made this dal afew days ago.The pics are lovely and the dal yummy in this weather , can't ask for anything more.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks for your valuable comments...Enjoy your awards..and do keep visiting..

K said...

Thanks for visitng my space. You have a lovely blog too. Will follow you from now on:)

my kitchen said...

Congrats on ur awards,Perfect Dalmakani

Hyma said...

lovely dal makhani...the color is so perfect. deftly goin to give it a try. thanks for visiting my page and commenting. happy to follow you. love ur pics...hope to learn from ur fotography techniques....do keep encouraging me at

http://flavours-and-me.blogspot.com/

 
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