Urad Dal, soak or not before use?

#1 Apr 3rd, 2014, 19:25
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Hello Imer's.

It's a South India cooking afternoon for me, trying a few new dishes, some include Urad/Urid dal, but there is no mention of soaking before use, and I thought most pulses needed to be soaked before use.

The recipes that mention using Urad dal are India Coffee House style Masala Dosa and Coconut Chutney.

Do I need to soak the Urad Dal first?

If so, for how long?

Thanks.
#2 Apr 3rd, 2014, 19:31
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errm, maybe you're looking at the wrong link steven - the one for Dosa Batter is here. (it's on the page you shared) and that mentions soaking.

I'd say soak 4 hours for the dosa (at-least). Overnight is OK too if it's too boring to watch the daal and rice being soaked.

Never made chutney - so no idea.
#3 Apr 3rd, 2014, 19:36
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If you are using Urad Dal for the masala and chutney, no need to soak them. They are to be sauteed in oil and then add the potato for the masala. Saute them in oil and then added to the chutney.
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Urad/Urid dal one is black one, which not soaked at all and it is used in North India, other is white in two piece which can be soaked and grind. South Indian used a big grinder may be you can visit any hotel and see how it prepared. Otherwise there is premix packet and you can use it.
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If you are asking about the urad dal (dal is without skin) for making dosa, of course it needs to be soaked well.
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Thanks everyone, the cooking was kind of a mixed success, the Masala (potato & beetroot) was a great success, the coconut stuff was a big miss, I think I burnt the spices before adding to the coconut.

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post errm, maybe you're looking at the wrong link steven - the one for Dosa Batter is here. (it's on the page you shared) and that mentions soaking.
I'm not sure I'm ready for making dosa yet, I might try soon though.
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Sureily this must be in chai & chat
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30 minutes soak then cook for 10 then add the rest.

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