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    Fancy a Daal, Darl?

    India’s comfort food. A staple food in every Indian home, daal (or dal or dahl) is eaten with hot steaming rice or with freshly made chapati, and is commonly garnished with freshly chopped cilantro. The most popular spices and seasonings for dals include cumin seeds, red chillies, onions, green chilies, garam masala, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, garlic, shredded coconut, tamarind or lime juice, fresh tomatoes, amchur powder, jaggery, palm sugar or brown sugar, sambhar powder and asafetida. Enjoy!

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    This is a variation of Tarka Dahl, a North Indian dish of yellow lentils seasoned with garlic and spiced oil. Although this recipe contains a whole head of garlic, do not be concerned about the garlic being overpowering - it acquires a lovely mellow flavour when roasted. I find it quite delicious. In regard to spiciness, though, to my taste this recipe is quite mild - next time I will include the white inner flesh and seeds of the chili, but you can remove these if you prefer. Incidentally, if you ever take a mouthful of something that is overwhelmingly hot, don’t rush for water – the best remedy is milk, vinegar, or alcohol! Accompany this dish with rice or Indian bread, and a vegetable dish.

    Recipe #124316

    A very delicious dal to ring the changes. I tend to add less sugar than called for, but the degree of sweetness counteracting the tangy tamarind is a personal preference. Creamed coconut is sold in a firm block. Adapted from a recipe by Beverley Leblanc

    Recipe #140514

    Sambhar powder, a blend of spices and lentils, is used in South Indian Dals. It is possible to buy Sambhar Powder from an Indian Grocer, but things always taste better if you make them yourself from scatch! I haven't made this yet but, personally, I would cut down on the number of chillies!! The amount it makes is an educated guess. Adapted from a recipe by Madhur Jaffrey.

    Recipe #110487

    Posted in response to a request. Channa dal, also called Bengal gram dal, is related to chickpeas, but is smaller and split. It has a sweet, nutty flavour, and a low glycemic index. Looking just like yellow split peas, it is the most popular dal in India. This recipe produces a mild-tasting dal, which goes beautifully with Lemon Rice with Dals #84304. Please only use fresh or frozen curry leaves, not dried :-)

    Recipe #120182

    I just love a steaming hot bowl of spicy, aromatic Indian Dahl. I served this with Anu's Tangy Lemon Rice with Peanuts, and chapattis. A delicious, nourishing meal. If you prefer not to use ghee or butter, substitute vegetable oil. Add the amount of chile powder as per your own taste - less or more is up to you. If you prefer, you can use Toor dahl or even split and hulled Moong dahl, instead of Masoor dahl.

    Recipe #63075

    This dal, much prized by Puneri Brahmins in Maharashtra, is sweet and fragrantly spicy, with a slightly sour undertone. Kokum, one of the ingredients, is a local sour fruit which has been dried, and it gives southern Indian food a distinctive flavour. It is often available from Indian groceries, but tamarind paste is an acceptable substitute. Asafoetida is a gum resin prized as a condiment in India. It is also known variously as 'devil's dung' and 'food of the gods'! It has a strong sulphur smell prior to cooking, but thereafter has a pleasant aroma. Asafoetida is a useful antidote for flatulence, and is thus incorporated into many Indian lentil dishes! Goda Masala is a Maharashtrian spice blend. I have posted the recipe for it separately (see recipe #109909).

    Recipe #110187

    This tasty lentil curry uses a mixture of four types of lentils. The original recipe specified equal quantities of brown and red lentils, yellow mung beans (moong dhal) and green split peas. As I did not have those on hand, I improvised and used toor dhal, urid dhal, moong dhal and channa dhal (Bengal gram dhal). The result was a 'moreish', satisfyingly 'meaty' lentil curry.

    Recipe #114253

    Yummy South Indian lentils and vegetables, a favourite Indian breakfast dish with idli (rice dumplings) or dosai (Indian pancakes). This recipe is not at all difficult - just assemble all the prepared ingredients before commencing to cook, and take one step at a time. I prefer to use freshly grated coconut, but unsweetened dried coconut is perfectly acceptable. Sambhar masala can be obtained from an Indian grocer, or make your own from recipe #110487 (much more fun!). I make this Sambhar with Toor dahl, and eat it with rice for the main meal of the day.

    Recipe #115127

    Toasting and grinding your seeds is so worth the effort, and doesn't take long at all. Serve this dhal as a main dish with rice or as a side dish. It is aromtaic, rich and delicious.

    Recipe #112377

    This is a spice blend originating from Maharashtra in India. Goda' means 'sweet' and in this recipe the sweetness comes from the coconut in the mixture. It is not readily available in shops, so I make a fairly small quantity and store it in an airtight container for up to 4 months. This is an adaptation of Monisha Bharadwaj's recipe, and is an ingredient in Puneri Dal (Yellow Lentils Pune-style) which I am posting separately.

    Recipe #109909

    My mommy makes it for the wet monsoon evenings...great with a cup of hot "elaichi chai"

    Recipe #94482

    A colorful dish that pleases the eye and the palate. Make it as spicy as you dare! Great served with Recipe #47554. This recipe is from Moosewood Restaurant's Low-Fat Favorites, a great cookbook.

    Recipe #47552

    You can also substitute bottle-gourd (lauki) for the bellpepper in this recipe if you prefer-it goes wonderfully well.

    Recipe #83985

    This nice recipe was submitted by Sujatha Vijay to the Thursday magazine. I hope you enjoy it!

    Recipe #94468

    Pulses - dried beans, split peas and lentils are a staple in India and provide protein for families who eat meat rarely or are vegetarian. (It has as much protein as a steak) They are versatile and combine beautifully with any meal. Can be had as a soup too. Though pulses can cause flatulence and cannot be stored for long once cooked this can be countered by using ginger/ asafoetida/ turmeric while cooking. (but we do not consume it after one day even if stored in the fridge - some others do but I have my own ways) They are a must atleast at one meal of the day.

    Recipe #84036

    This recipe is from the 'Young Times'.

    Recipe #44441

    1 Reviews |  By Anu

    Another one of my family's trademarks. There are several versions of vegetable-coconut stews native to south India, and this is one of my favourites. Feel free to substitute the carrots and cucumbers with a combination of vegetables, like zucchini, squash, pumpkin, etc. but remember to adjust the cooking times accordingly. Freshly grated coconut adds a special flavour to this recipe, so use that if possible.

    Recipe #42353

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