The Joy of Dal

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#1 Nov 14th, 2014, 15:18
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Must be time to start a new thread. Your favourite Daal and how do you cook it?
We can discuss recipes but more important, why do you like it?
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The title of this thread brings to mind that of a well known book.
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post Which is your favourite Daal and how do you cook it?
Madame W is still working her way through Nita Mehta's Dal & Roti Recipe book so we haven't yet established a favourite. Tonight we will be trying Channa Dal with Mushrooms and Peppers.

Our restaurant favourite when in India is makhani dal probably because it is a name that we recognise and can pronounce.

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That will be this one no doubt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Joy_of_Cooking
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post The title of this thread brings to mind that of a well known book.
What is your position on that?
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Tomato, Spinach dal is my favourite, cooked with toor dal, andhra style. Eaten with rice, little ghee, papad. A little mango pickle with it is also great. I add coriander at the end.



Just tomato Dal. Again with toor dal.


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Because they(the above) are the best Dal in the world. No comparison/competition whatsoever!

Mung dal is ok sometimes but no where near Toor dal, both for taste and protein.
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I'm not-distantly related to her.
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Even the wikipedia entry is blocked here for that -

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Is that an Indianism?
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BholeBaba lingo.
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There is another thread which could be merged.



Dal - it's dal-icious!




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I never had dal until I went to India.

I wouldn't have a clue how to cook it either. I should look that up to be honest, all those things like pulses and beans are really cheap in the supermarkets too.
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post I never had dal until I went to India.

I wouldn't have a clue how to cook it either. I should look that up to be honest, all those things like pulses and beans are really cheap in the supermarkets too.

In the soup aisle look for split-pea soup. Make soup as per directions and to indian-fy it you need to season it with garlic fried in butter. Then it becomes dal.

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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post I never had dal until I went to India.

I wouldn't have a clue how to cook it either. I should look that up to be honest, all those things like pulses and beans are really cheap in the supermarkets too.
Plenty of recipes here https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bbc+dal+recipes&ie=ut f-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ehFm VKy4IMvH8geWyIA4
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What a thread GP! Awesome.
Dal (Dalitoy) is a staple dish in my home, and most of my relatives. We make it more liquidy, tempered with jus red chilly, and hing (asafoetida). Piping hot Dal served with steaming hot rice (maybe few drops of lemon juice squeezed), with a subzi and fish fry - yummy! It also is made on every auspicious occasion, and the one made at the yearly temple feast is inimitable!

Fing, two extremely simple recipes for you. This is one of the first recipes I learnt

http://www.ruchikrandhap.com/2011/08...le-spiced.html
http://dalitoy.blogspot.in/2006/10/k...l-dalitoy.html

Going by the discussion on the lunch thread, (as RWe's said) you'd have to learnt to eat Dalitoy with your hand, without dropping it all over!
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I need a dal recipe that will fill me up.

I'm used to having meat and 2 veg meals on a daily basis, followed by a fattening, stodgy puddings.

I'm not sure these dal soups will do it. I did see some recipes for these lentils and beans used in meat stews, and I even found a lentil lasagne. The dal with fish sounds yummy though.
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