Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mixed Lentils Cooked in Exotic Spices (Rajasthani Panchratna/Panchmel Dal)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Rajasthani Cuisine 
Mixed Lentils Cooked in Exotic Spices (Rajasthani Panchmel Dal)
Serves 2

Split Bengal Gram Lentil (Chana Dal)- 2 Tbsp.
Split Pigeon Pea- (Toor Dal/Arhar Dal)- 2 Tbsp.
Whole Red Lentil (Sabut Masoor)- 2 Tbsp.
Whole Green Gram Lentil (Sabut Moong)- 1.5 Tbsp.
Skinless Split Black Gram Dal (Dhuli Urad Dal)- 1.5 Tbsp.

Salt- To Taste
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- ½ Tsp.
Mix of Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil & Ghee- 2 Tbsp.
Asafoetida (Hing)- a Pinch
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- ½ Tsp.
Cloves (Laung)- 2 No’s
Bayleaves (TejPatta)- 1No.
Dried Red Chillies- 2, Broken
Ginger-Green Chilli Paste (Pisa hua Adrak Hari Mirch)- 1 Tsp.
Cumin Powder (Kuta Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Coriander Powder (Kuta Dhaniya)- ½ Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder (Kuti Lal Mirch)- ½ Tsp.
Tomatoes- 2 Medium, Chopped
Dried Mango Powder (Amchur)- 1 Tsp.
Water- Cups
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 2 Tbsp., Finely Chopped

Wash & Soak Dals in 1.5 Cups of Water for at least Two Hours
Mix Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Red Chilli Powder in Water
Drain and Boil Dals in 1.5 Cups of Water with Salt and Turmeric Powder till Cooked

Heat Oil in a Non Stick Pan
Add Hing, Jeera, Cloves, Red Chillies & as Jeera starts to Crackle
Add Ginger-Green Chilli Paste & Sauté
Add Cumin Powder-Coriander Powder-Red Chilli Powder Mixture & Sauté
Add Tomatoes & Cook till Oil comes on Surface
Add Cooked Dals, Salt & ½ Cup Water & Cook for about 8-10 Minutes
Check to see the Consistency of Dals and add more Water as required
Sprinkle Garam Masala as the Dish is Cooked
Garnish with Fresh Coriander Leaves
Serve Hot with Jeera Chawal (Cumin Seeds Flavoured Rice) or Simply Plain Rice! 

As the Rich, Creamy & Thick Dal Makhni is to Punjab, PanchMel Dal is to Rajasthan!
‘PanchaRatna’ means 5 Precious Stones which represents the 5 Different Dals used in this Dish 
Can Pressure Cook/Boil Dals with Turmeric Powder & Salt before the Frying Process
Can add about 1 Medium Finely Chopped Onions
Instead of Chopped pieces, can use Ginger-Green Chilli Paste (Pisa hua Adrak Hari Mirch)
Can add about ¼ Teaspoon of Garam Masala Powder towards the end
Can add about 1 Teaspoon of Tamarind Pulp (Imli) 

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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