Shital's-Kitchen: Dal Fry

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dal Fry

Dal fry reminds me of rustic, thick dal/lentil at a dhaba (a rustic restaurant situated on freeway or highways for long distance travelers). Thick, spicy dal with steamed basmati rice is a great combination and a comfort food.

As a child I have never liked dal, Instead, I would love to eat my rice with veggies. But now I understand that it is a daily protein source for vegetarians.

It is easy to make and pretty fancy to look too! :)

Wash 1 cup Toor dal. Add 2 1/2 cup water and pressure cook well until 40 minutes or you hear 4 whistles.

Use a manual or an electric hand blender to make a rough paste. Do not over blend it. I like this dal to be rustic with some toor dal pieces yet seen. Add 1/2 cup water while blending.  
Add more water depending on the consistency your family prefers.

Pour in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Add salt and pinch of turmeric and simmer on low heat.

Finely chop 1 medium onion (1/2 cup chopped onion)
2 dry red chillies

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
Add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, dry red chillies and a pinch of asoefotida/hing
Saute onions till they turn pick. Add a pinch of turmeric and 1 tsp red chilli powder (or according to your spice level)
Fry for 2-3 minutes
Add 1/2 of the fried mixture to simmering dal.
Pour remaining mixture over the dal and do not mix it. I like the look of bright red temper over yellow dal.

Garnish with cilantro.

Serve with Jeera Rice or steamed Basmati Rice.


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