Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cholar Dal

Hi Friends,

Last week I tried one Bengali Dal recipe. This one is very similar to the Dal Prasad or Abhada that is offered to Lord Jagannath at Puri Jagannath Temple. Slightly sweet and the aroma and flavorful dish is apt for religious ceremonies. Here goes the recipe,

Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1 cup
Ghee 3 tablespoons
Coconut 1/4 inch pieces
Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Sugar 1 teaspoon
Cloves 3
Cinnamon 1 inch stick
Black cardamom 1
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaves 2
Whole dry red chillies 2
Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
Raisins 1 teaspoon
Roasted Cumin and red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Method :-

Wash and soak the dal for an hour. Drain and pressure-cook with three cups of water till just done. Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a pan and fry coconut pieces till golden. Drain and set aside. Add turmeric powder, salt and sugar to the dal and simmer on low heat till most of its water gets absorbed and it becomes thick.Heat the remaining ghee in another pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, black cardamom, cumin seeds, bay leaves, whole dry red chillies  and sauté for two minutes. Add roasted cumin and red chilli powder . Then pour this seasoning into the simmering dal. Add ginger paste, fried coconut pieces and raisins and simmer for five more minutes. Serve hot with luchi's or puri's.

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