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Showing posts with label Dal. Show all posts

Pancharangi Dal | Panchmel Dal


Cozy Comfort Food. Three words to describe the dish of the day - Dal. When you want to feel that cozy under a blanket feeling not outside but inside you, I say make dal. It is warm, hearty and healthy. No guilt trips to the gym either.

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Dal is such an essential part of Indian cooking. From north to south, east to west, every region has their version of dal. I have so many dal recipes with me that I rotate frequently, some have made it to the blog and some may never make it here. Try out this Spinach Dal or this Restaurant Style Dal Fry sometime.

For those who have never attempted to make dal, I encourage you to do so. It is such a forgiving dish. You can add anything or absolutely nothing to dal, and it will still taste good. The simplest dal we make is something called "Tove" where all you add is a simple tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chilli to already cooked pigeon pea lentils or toor dal. Salt is added after it is served. Dal can be that basic. Or it can be cooked with ginger-garlic, tomatoes and spices. Or with vegetables like this Heerekai Tove / Ridgegourd Dal.

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Panchrangi Dal or Panchmel Dal is a mixed lentil dal that uses 5 different types of lentils - Toor Dal or Split Pigeon Peas, Chana Dal or Split Bengal Gram, Sabut Urad Dal or Black lentils, Moong Dal or split Mung Beans and the last is not really a dal - Moong or Mung beans. I learnt this recipe from my Aunt who lives in Gujarat. Pancharangi Dal or Panchmel Dal is a famous recipe across Gujarat and Rajasthan in Western India. These places are arid and hence, home to a lot of delicious spicy lentil recipes.

The dals are soaked for 30 minutes to 1 hour and then cooked until done. Dal is meant to be mushy in general. So cook until all the dals are well cooked. Then mush them up with a spoon. Fry finely chopped onions until translucent, then add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till fragrant. Toss in the chopped tomatoes and spices and cook well. Add the lentils and little water along with salt and simmer until you have the consistency you desire. 

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Pancharangi Dal | Panchmel Dal


How to make vegan Panchmel Dal or mixed lentil soup at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comPancharangi Dal | Panchmel Dal is a Gujarati Dal made from 5 different types of dals and beans. It is a spicy mixed lentil soup.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


0.5 cup Toor Dal (Pigeon Pea Lentils)
0.5 cup Moong Dal
0.5 cup Moong Beans
0.5 cup Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram)
4 Tbsp Sabut Urad Dal (Whole black lentils)
1 Onion
2 Tomatoes
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
3 tsp Coriander Powder
2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
3-4 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


Soak all the dals in water for at least 30 mins.
Cook in a pressure cooked until cooked.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the cumin seeds and allow them to brown slightly.
Add the chopped onions and fry until translucent.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and stir fry until for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add the chopped tomato and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add all the spices to the tomato and cook until the tomato is a paste
Add the cooked dal, salt and water. Simmer for 5-6 minutes or until you get the consistency you desire.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice or roti.


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Tondekayee Chutney | Tendli Chutney | Tindora Chutney


Today was Potluck at office. I took Dahi Kebab and Pathrode. My other friends got some really amazing dishes that I not only ate but packed in a box and got it home for dinner to share with my family.

How to make tondekai or tindora or tendli or ivy gourd chutney recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Lunch was definitely my only extravagant meal of the week. I've been eating super simple food all week. More because the weather is just awesome and I cannot be coaxed out of bed to cook. It's been drizzling all through the week and it is cold outside. Perfect weather for snoozing, don't you think?

So what food does a lazy me cook or eat? Dosa and Chutney! I can eat that all week long and not get bored - true blue South Indian at heart and stomach. 

Let's get real, 50% of the taste of the dosa comes from its accompaniment, whether it is chutney or sambar. But I'm totally a chutney girl. So throughout this blog, you'll find me talking chutney many a times. And this Tondekayee Chutney is just one among my favorites. 

How to make tondekai or tindora or tendli or ivy gourd chutney recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com


There is this little cart or gaadi near my house that makes awesome pillowy soft dosa and idli. It is a simple affair and very economical. The dosa is always served with 2 chutneys, a green coriander-coconut chutney and a red chutney. For a long time I believed the red chutney was made from tomatoes, so every time I made the chutney, I was always left wondering why my chutney tasted so different from his. I found out from Raj that the red chutney is actually made from ripe tondekayee (tendli | tindora | ivy gourd). The non foodie in the house knew more about chutneys than I did, what a shocker for me.

To make this chutney you need ripe tondekayee, the ones you usually throw away as they are squishy and mushy. Quarter the tondekayee and fry them up along with red chillies, garlic, chana dal (split bengal gram) and urad dal (split black gram). Grind it along with tamarind, salt, jaggery or sugar and a little water to a smooth chutney once the mixture has cooled. Add a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves, and enjoy your crispy hot dosa with this red chutney.

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Tondekayee Chutney | Tendli Chutney | Tindora Chutney


How to make tondekai or tindora or tendli or ivy gourd chutney recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com
Tondekayee Chutney | Tendli Chutney | Tindora Chutney is a South Indian chutney made from ripe ivy gourd and mixed dals. 

Recipe Type:  Side
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:                1 bowl


Ingredients:


18-20 ripe Tondekayee (Tendli or Tindora or Ivy Gourd)
2 dry Red Chillies
2-3 Garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1.5 Tbsp Chana Dal
0.5 Tbsp Urad Dal
1 tsp Tamarind Pulp
1/2 tsp Jaggery powder or Sugar (Optional)
4-5 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 sprig Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


Wash and chop the tondekayee into quarters.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add the chana dal, urad dal and red chilli and fry for 2-3 minutes on low heat until the dals are slightly browned.
Add the garlic and chopped tondekayee and mix well.
Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes on low heat.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Grind the fried mixture along with tamarind, jaggery, salt and 2-3 Tbsp of water into a coarse paste.
Remove to a serving bowl.
Heat the remaining oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the curry leaves and immediately pour this tempering onto the chutney.
Serve the chutney with rice or dosa.
It stays fresh for around 7 days in the fridge.


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Protein Packed Mixed Dal Handvo


How to make Gujarati Mixed Dal Handvo Recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

I had been waiting for this long weekend for ages and it has gone in a poof.. Somehow, all my long weekends seem busier than my regular 2 day weekends. Any of you out there with me on this one?

So, what did you do this Ganesh Chaturthi? I hope you all had a wonderful Chaturthi.

I spent my days cleaning the house before the festival and then just cooking, cooking and more cooking. Whew! Does life get busy around festivals!

How to make Gujarati Mixed Dal Handvo Recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

I made these super delicious Steamed Modaks. I love them sooo much more than the fried ones. I think I ate more than all others combined. 

To add to this Raj has a potluck in office and he wanted to take these Almond Chocolate Brownies. Thanks to my small oven, we had to keep baking it batches and it kept us in the house watching the oven for a long time.

But the festivities are done, the sweets have taken a toll on my weight for sure. It's now time to get back to something nutritious and healthy. These Protein Packed Mixed Dal Handvo or Handva as it is sometimes called, was just the thing I had in mind for Tuesday breakfast. 

How to make Gujarati Mixed Dal Handvo Recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

To tell you the truth, I wasn't convinced about Handvo when I watched it on TV. I wondered if it could taste so good as the show presenter was saying. Then, I tried it at home, following this recipe from Tarla Dalal and I must say, those guys on TV weren't lying, it is absolutely delicious. And healthy too... Now I can have my cake and eat it too!!

Handvo is a pan fried savory Gujarati cake made using a fermented batter of mixed dals or lentils and rice. Along with the dals, you can add grated vegetables like carrot or bottle gourd. I've always made it with bottle gourd or lauki and I really like the fact that it keeps the Handvo nice and moist. I've also added a few spices like coriander and cumin, and I highly recommend you to add them as well. 

To make Mixed Dal Handvo, we need to firstly soak the dals and rice for 6-8 hours. Then grind it into a thick cake like batter. Add some sour curd or yogurt and allow it to ferment for 3-4 hours or overnight. Then add the grated bottle gourd, spices, baking soda and pan fry it. You can fry it in a kadhai or in a pan as I did. You can also bake it in the oven. 

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The Handvo has a simple tempering of mustard seeds, carom seeds, asafoetida and sesame seeds that gives the Handvo its crispy and flavorful crust. 

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  • Adai - Dosa or crepe made from mixed dals (lentils)
  • Instant Cucumber Dhokla - Steamed Gujarati snack made using chickpea flour or besan and cucumber.




Protein Packed Mixed Dal Handvo

How to make Gujarati Mixed Dal Handvo Recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com
Mixed Dal Handvo is a Gujarati savory cake made with rice, various dals and bottle gourd.

Recipe Type:  Snacks / Breakfast
Cuisine:            Gujarati
Prep Time:     10hours
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4

Ingredients:


1/2 cup Rice
1/4 cup Toor Dal (Pigeon Pea Lentils)
1 Tbsp Urad Dal (Split black gram)
1 Tbsp Chana Dal (Split Bengal gram)
1 Tbsp Moong Dal (Split green gram)
2 Tbsp Yogurt or Curd
1 cup grated Bottle Gourd or Lauki
1 tsp Lime juice
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Ginger-Green Chilli paste
1/4 tsp Jaggery powder or Sugar
1 Tbsp Coriander Leaves (finely chopped)
A pinch of Baking Soda
4-5 tsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Sesame seeds
1 tsp Carom seeds or Ajwain
2 pinches Asafoetida or Hing
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


Wash and soak the rice and all the dals 6-8 hours.
Drain the water and grind it with a little water until smooth. The consistency should be similar to idli batter or cake batter.
Add the curd and allow it to ferment in a warm place for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Add the grated bottle gourd, lime juice, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger-green chilli paste, jaggery powder, coriander leaves, 1 tsp Oil and salt and mix well.
Add the baking soda and 1 Tbsp of water and mix well and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
Now heat 1-2 tsp Oil in a kadhai or a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add half the mustard seeds.
Once they have spluttered, add half the sesame seeds, carom seeds and a pinch of hing.
Immediately pour in half the handvo batter. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes until the base of the handvo turns crisp and golden brown.
Now gently with the help of 2 spatulas or spoons, flip the handvo. Cook until the other side is crisp and golden brown. Spoon in 1 tsp of Oil if required.
Cook the other half of the batter the same way.
Cut into cubes and serve hot with mint coriander chutney.


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Restaurant Style Dal Fry | How to make Dhal Fry



restaurant dal dhal fry tadka toor tuvar pigeon pea split lentil

I simply love Dal... Especially the restaurant kind. You know, with that hint of ginger and fragrance of the garlic combined with the slight heat from the green chilli and tartness of the tomatoes?

Have you had a tiring day cleaning that cupboard or working on your taxes? Do you crave comfort food? How would you like a warm bowl of hearty, filling and guilt-free healthy Dal? That's my go-to comfort food when I'm short for time, hungry (cranky too...) and tired. Some warm dal with white rice and a side of mango pickle. Yummm... Getting the picture? 

restaurant dal dhal fry tadka toor tuvar pigeon pea split lentil

As much as I love dal with rice, my love for Dal-Roti is even greater. Almost a must-order when we visit a restaurant. I almost always order Dal with roti in restaurants, mostly because they get it spot on and with all that spicy food on the table, sometimes you need something to tone it down. 

There are so many ways in which you can make dal, the simplest being with just a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chilli or you can try this recipe for a more flavorful version.

If you remember the universal truths from my previous post - Avarekalu Uppit . This dal fry totally satisfies that truth. It is one of the basic Indian dishes your mom will expect you to know how to cook.

restaurant dal fry dhal tadka toor tuvar pigeon pea split lentil

Dal is also probably the simplest Indian dish you can make and let me tell you the biggest plus point - You cannot mess it up!!! Well, as long as you are tasting for salt along the way, that is. And if you by chance did mess up, worry not, it is equally easy to fix it too.

Dal or Dhal can me made from any type of lentil, although there are a few popular ones based on the region. North Indians make dal from Chana Dal or Moong Dal while the South Indians swear by the Toor Dal. You can make this recipe with any other type of lentil or dal you have and it will taste just as good. Promise!!!

restaurant dal fry dhal tadka toor tuvar pigeon pea split lentil

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restaurant dal fry dhal tadka toor tuvar pigeon pea split lentilRestaurant Syle Dal Fry


Dal or Pigeon Pea Lentils cooked in restaurant style. 

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


1/2 cup Toor Dal or Arhar Dal or Pigeon Pea Lentils
1 Onion
1 Tomato
1-2 Green Chilli
1 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds or Jeera
1 pinch Asafoetida or Hing
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
8-10 Curry leaves
2-3 tsp Oil
Water as required
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:


Wash the dal at least twice.
Pressure cook the dal in 1.5 cups of water until done.
Mash the dal and keep aside.
Chop the onion and tomato finely.
Chop or slit the green chilli.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
Once they start spluttering, add the cumin seeds.
Add the onion, ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilli and fry until the onions are slightly browned.
Add the curry leaves and fry for 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes and fry for 2-3 minutes until they become soft.
Add the turmeric powder and the asafoetida powder and mix well.
Add in the cooked dal, salt and water as required. Adjust the water according to the consistency you desire.
Simmer for 5-6 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.

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Khara Pongal


Khara Pongal Ven Ghee Khichdi moong dal rice

I spent 10 hours travelling by train yesterday. 10 long HOURS.
Can you imagine starting out at 5am, travelling by train for 5 hours and then spending a few hours at your destination and then travelling 5 hours in train coming back and then charging through the horrible HORRIBLE traffic home and having to cook your own dinner???

5am is close to mid night for me. I'm so not a morning person.


I was exhausted. I was more than exhausted, I don't even have a word for it. It was late to order food or parcel something from a restaurant. I was hungry and I had to eat. At times like this, come out the simplest recipes where I don't need to do a thing and magically delicious food appears on the table.

Khara Pongal is one of those magic recipes. Pongal is a South Indian version of Khichdi. To make khara pongal, all you need to do is dump rice, moong dal, water, ginger and a few other things into the rice cooker or pressure cooker and let it do its thing. And VOILA! 15-20 mins later, food on your table. It is just as simple as that.

Khara Pongal Ven Ghee Khichdi moong dal rice

So I washed and soaked my rice and moong dal as soon as I walked into the house. You can skip the soaking and directly cook it together but it may take you a little more time than what I took. Soaking for at least 30 minutes is recommended.

I'd never had Pongal until I moved to Bangalore. I'd never eaten rice for breakfast either until I moved to Bangalore. Then in the office cafeteria, I had khara pongal with masala vada for the first time for breakfast and it was love at first bite. Since then, I've been making it when ever I'm short of time.

Khara Pongal Ven Ghee Khichdi moong dal rice

Pongal is meant to be mushy, so don't worry about overcooking it. In fact, go ahead overcook it. This is why is generally fed to little kids as it needs no chewing. If serving it to kids, do not add the peppercorns and the chilli. 

Pongal is a vegan dish, but what takes it to a totally different level is the Ghee or clarified butter tempering that's poured over it. I say, the more the ghee, the better it tastes. If you are not vegan, don't forget this step. 




Khara Pongal


Khara Pongal Ven Ghee Khichdi moong dal riceKhara Pongal is a quick dish made by cooking together rice and moong dal with ginger and tempered with ghee.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


1/2 cup Rice (uncooked)
1/2 cup Moong Dal (uncooked)
3 cups Water 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
3/4" Ginger
1/2 tsp of Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
3-4 tsp Ghee
8-10 Curry Leaves
1 tsp Cumin seeds

Method:


Method:


Wash the rice and dal and keep aside for 30 minutes.
Add the washed rice and dal to a pressure cooker with the water, turmeric powder, black peppercorns, grated or sliced ginger and salt.
Pressure cook for 15 minutes or for 5-6 whistles. Pongal is meant to be mushy so don't worry about overcooking it.
Heat the ghee in a small pan and add cumin seeds to it.
Once they brown slightly, turn off the heat and add the curry leaves.
Pour this tempering over the khara pongal and mix well.
Serve hot with some raita

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Menthe Pathrode | Methi Pathrode





I never knew gardening could be so much fun. My heart swells with pride every time a seed I sowed, breaks the mud barrier and rises up to face the earth. Those two little green leaves soaking in the sunlight, fill me with hope and love. Some of the easiest things to grow have never worked with me - tomatoes & chillies. For some reason these just refuse to bear fruit in my garden no matter what I do or how much nutrition I give them :( But there are some others which ask for nothing and just give give and give. Spinach is one of them and the other is Fenugreek or Methi or Menthe. I had my own fresh bunch of methi leaves, so I decided to make something special.









I love Pathrode. Traditionally, pathrode is made by rubbing a paste of rice, lentils, coconut and spices onto 
Colocasia leaves/ Kesavina ele, rolling and steaming them. Colocasia leaves are a little difficult to find in Bangalore, they are more common along the Konkan coast of India. In their absence, Methi makes for a good substitute. Here instead of rubbing the leaves with the spice paste, the leaves are chopped and added to the paste and steamed wrapped in banana leaves. If you cannot get banana leaf, do not worry, you can just just steam them in greased bowls.


Clockwise L-R: Ground rice, Spice paste, Steamed pathrode, Pathrode to be steamed


Once they are cooked and cooled, crumble them and stir fry with a tempering of mustard and curry leaves. And don't forget to garnish with desiccated fresh coconut.






Menthe Pathrode | Methi Pathrode



Methi PathrodeA traditional Mangalore snack made by steaming rice and fenugreek/methi leaves together with a spice paste

Recipe Type:  Snacks / Appetizer
Cuisine:          South Indian / Mangalorean
Prep Time:     8 Hours (Includes soaking of rice)
Cook time:     90 minutes
Yield:              3-4 Servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup White Rice
1/2 cup Red Rice
2 cups chopped or 1 bunch Methi
2-3 Tbsp Coriander seeds
1 tsp Tamarind paste
3-4 dry Red Chillies (I used 3 red chillies and added 1/2 tsp of chilli powder)
1/2 tsp Jaggery (You can use sugar instead)
1/2 Tbsp Urad dal
2-3 cloves Garlic
4 Tbsp dessicated Coconut
2-3 Tbsp Water
3 tsp Oil
8-10 Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt

Method:


  • Soak rice overnight.
  • Drain out all the water and grind it. It should not be fine, it should remain coarse. It will attain a sticky consistency.
  • Dry roast the urad dal and coriander seeds until they are slightly brown.
  • Add 1 tsp of oil and fry the red chillies until they are crisp.
  • Allow them to cool and then grind into a powder along with the coriander seeds and urad dal.
  • Add the coconut, jaggery, garlic and tamarind and grind into a paste along with 1-2 tbsp of water.
  • Add this masala to the rice and mix well. Preferably just mix in the mixer.
  • Add salt.
  • Add the chopped methi leaves and mix well.
  • You now need to steam this.
  • If using a cooker or an idli steamer, allow it to heat up and produce steam before placing the pathrode in it.
  • It is better to steam it wrapped in banana leaves, but if you don't have it steam in bowls. Grease the bowls before you spoon in the pathrode.
  • Steam on medium flame for 18-20 mins until it is cooked. Depending on the size of the parcels or the bowl, you may need more or less time. If using banana leaf, the change in colour is a good indication that it is cooked.
  • Allow it to cool and then crumble it using your fingers.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds once the oil is hot.
  • After they splutter, add the curry leaves and pour this tempering into the crumbled pathrode.
  • Add dessicated fresh coconut and mix well.
  • Serve hot as a snack/ appetizer.
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Kadle Bele Payasa | Chana Dal Payasam


Guysss !!! "100" H-U-N-D-R-E-D... This is my 100th post on OneTeaspoonOfLife...

How to make Kadale Bele Payasa or Chana Dal Payasam at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

My first milestone in my blogging journey. Ever since I reached the nervous 90's, I started thinking about what my 100th post should be. I asked for suggestions from family, but I was more confused than ever. I wanted it to be something sweet, something influenced by my roots and most of all, something I love.

Kadle Bele Payasa has been a favourite since childhood. And to top it, this was a part of the naivedyam (offering) to Lord Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi. I made it long back, but held on, on posting it, so I could make it my 100th. So blessed by Lord Ganesha, comes my 100th recipe on this blog for the simple, delicate and delicious Kadle Bele Payasa or Chana Dal Payasam.

Kadle Bele Payasa is a South Indian Kheer or pudding made using Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram) and Rice. The dal and rice are cooked in coconut milk along with cardamom and jaggery.

How to make Kadale Bele Payasa or Chana Dal Payasam at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

The base of this payasa or kheer is the Chana Dal. The dal needs to be soaked for at least 2-3 hours to make cooking it easier. I pressure cooked it, but you can easily cook it in a deep saucepan. Usually, dal is cooked until it disintegrates and is mushy, but not in this case. The dal should be just cooked. It should still retain its shape and should still have a slight bite to it.

The other major ingredient here is the rice. And just like the chana dal, it needs to be just cooked. The rice grains should not be mushy. They should still have a bite to them.

Coconut is the soul of South India and also of this Kadle Bele Payasa. The Kadle Bele Payasa gets its creaminess from coconut. You can add coconut milk or finely ground coconut flesh. I sometimes add coconut milk and sometimes the ground coconut. The difference is not in taste, but in texture. Coconut milk gives it smooth creaminess while the ground coconut gives the payasa a coarse texture.

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Jaggery is unrefined cane sugar. If you don't have access to jaggery, you can add palm sugar or brown sugar or any unrefined sugar. If you are using jaggery, I suggest using the darkest variety you get. Dark jaggery has the least amount of additives it in and has a richer taste.
No Indian sweet is complete without ground Cardamom. Just the fragrance of cardamom reminds me of dessert.

Dry fruits are totally optional for this Kadle Bele Payasa, but I don't know any dish where the addition of dry fruits has ruined it. Add them just chopped or fry them in ghee like I did. If you are vegan or want to make a vegan dessert, skip the ghee and just lightly toast the dry fruits. I added cashew nuts and raisins, you can add almonds as well.

If you are making this for Naivedyam or as an offering to god, refrain from tasting it. Follow the recipe and you should be good. Hold off on the jaggery if you are concerned it being too sweet while offering it in Naivedyam. You can heat a little water and dissolve jaggery in it and mix it to the payasa while eating.

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If you liked this, you may also like:
  • Modak - Modaks are traditional steamed Indian dumpling made from rice flour, coconut and jaggery. Served as an offering to Lord Ganesha in West and South India. 
  • Coconut Laddoo - Instant Fudge balls made with coconut and condensed milk.
  • Mavinahannu Seekarne - Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras is a simple traditional dessert made with mango pulp and milk and flavored with cardamom.



Kadle bele payasa | Chana dal payasam

How to make Kadale Bele Payasa or Chana Dal Payasam at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com
Kadle Bele Payasa or Chana Dal Payasam is a South Indian kheer or pudding made with rice, lentils and fresh coconut.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     2 Hours (Includes lentil soaking time)
Cook time:     60 minutes
Yield:              2-3 Servings

Ingredients:


0.5 cup Kadle bele / Chana dal
2-3 Tbsp Cooked rice
0.5 cup desiccated fresh Coconut or 1 cup Coconut Milk
0.5 cup Jaggery (grated or shaved)
1 tsp or 4 pods of Cardamom
8-10 Cashew nuts(Split) (Optional)
8-10 Kismis / Raisins(Optional)
1 Tbsp Ghee (Optional)
Water as required

Method:


Soak the kadle bele for 2-3 hours.
Pressure cook it with water until done. It should be cooked but not mushy. I cooked it in 2 cups of water for around 10 mins/ 2-3 whistles.
Pour the kadle bele along with 1 cup of the water it was cooked in, into a kadhai. Keep the flame low.
Add the cooked rice to it.
If using coconut milk, just pour it to the kadhai with the kadle bele and rice. If using fresh cococut, grind it with water until it is is fine and then add this to the kadhai.
Add the grated jaggery and cardamom and cook for 5-10 mins until the jaggery melts and mixes evenly. I suggest adding it by the spoonful until the sweetness is right for you. Add water as required. The consistency is usually on the thicker side.
In another small pan, heat the ghee and lightly fry the cashew nuts and raisins until the cashews are light brown and add this to the payasa. If you are vegan, toast the cashews lightly instead of frying in the ghee and add to the payasa.
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Sautekayi Kosambri | Cucumber Koshambari

Kosambri is a south Indian salad that is a must for any festival or function in Karnataka. I think our ancestors intended for us to eat healthy by mandating a salad amidst all that festival fanfare. It is usually The recipe posted below is of the version I have grown up eating . It was my favorite in the entire habbada oota (festival food) and if there were any leftovers, the whole family knew who could be counted on to finish it :D.  These days you get various types of kosambri. There is one with grated carrot that tastes nice and the latest I have seen is with American sweet corn. It is either made with split moong dal or split chana dal. Personally I have always preferred moong dal. So the recipe below is for cucumber and moong dal kosambri....








Sautekayi Kosambri | Cucumber Koshambari


A traditional South Indian salad consisting of lentils and cucumber

Recipe Type:  Salad
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     2 Hours (includes lentil soaking time)
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:              3-4 servings

Ingredients:

½ cup Moong dal
1 Cucumber
1-2 Green Chillies
A handful Coriander
1 Tbsp desiccated fresh Coconut
2 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
1 Tbsp Lime juice
Salt

Method:

  • Soak the moong dal in water for about 2-3 hours
  • Drain the water and keep the moong dal aside
  • Chop the cucumber finely and add to the moong dal
  • Add lime juice and salt as per taste
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds to it
  • After the mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves and slit green chillies and pour this tempering on the kosambri
  • Add the desiccated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well
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Heerekai Tove | Toorai Dal | Ridgegourd and Lentils curry


Heerekai Tove is a dal or lentil curry made with pieces of cooked ridgegourd or heerekai (Toorai).

Tove Dal Lentil Curry Heerekai Toorai Tori Luffa Ridgegourd

Heerekai is this super healthy vegetable with a slight sweet taste. Don't be fooled by its hostile looks, it is sweet inside. Usually the ridges are discarded as they are sharp and do not cook. You can peel it entirely to remove the outer green layer, but don't throw that out, you can use it to make this fiber filled Heerekai Sippe Chutney along with some fresh coconut.

After a hectic week of spicy sambars and plain rice, one craves for simple plain home cooked food. Comfort food is needed to detoxify our system. That's the state my parents arrived in after a hectic trip to a few temple towns. They did not want any spice and nothing fancy, just simple food. What can get simpler than dal rice? I had one ridgegourd in my fridge and decided to add it to the dal to make a simple but healthier dal. 

Tove Dal Lentil Curry Heerekai Toorai Tori Luffa Ridgegourd

If you want your family to eat vegetables but hide them in the food, this Heerekai Dal is fantastic for that purpose. Just chop the heerekai real fine and no one will even know that the Dal has vegetables. It will be our little secret.. *shush*

I am a big fan of any type of Dal. I'm always up to eat Dal with anything. Rice or Roti or Naan or Bread. If you plan on eating this Heerekai Dal with Rice, add enough water to get a looser consistency. And if you love your Dal-Roti, then keep it thick.

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Heerekai Tove / Toorai Dal / Ridgegourd and Lentils curry

Tove Dal Lentil Curry Heerekai Toorai Tori Luffa Ridgegourd
Dal made with ridgegourd /toorai / heerekai and split pigeon pea lentils 

Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     60 minutes (Including cooking dal)
Yield:              2

Ingredients:

1 Ridge gourd
1 Tomato
2-3 Cloves Garlic
2-3 Green Chillies
1/2 cup uncooked Toor Dal
1 tsp Cumin seeds
A handful of Curry Leaves
1 tsp Turmeric Powder/Haldi
A handful of fresh coriander leaves
2 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water

Method:

Pressure cook the dal with water until done.
Lightly peel the ridge gourd. Just remove the spikes, you need not remove the entire peel.
Chop the ridge gourd into bite sized pieces. Finely chop the tomato.
Add the ridge gourd, tomato, slit green chillies and crushed garlic to a pan. Add enough water to cover the veggies and cook until the ridge gourd is done
Add the cooked dal to the vegetables
Add turmeric powder and salt. Add more water to get thinner consistency.
Cook for 3-5 mins
Heat oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they slightly brown, add the curry leaves to the oil and pour this tempering to the dal.
Enjoy hot with rice or roti
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Adai | Bele dose | Mixed Dal Dosa | Lentil Crepes


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I'd heard the name adai but never tasted it. So when a local Tamil eatery chain in Bangalore started serving these, I went and ordered for one adai avial. It was sooo heavy, I could not even finish the one adai they served me. I thought I'd never like these until my sister's mother in law fed me her version of adai. Light and fluffy and flavoured with cumin seeds and ginger, I loved it. This is a quicker fix than the regular dosa and a variance to the regular breakfast. Full of proteins and low in calories.

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Adai | Bele dose | Mixed Dal Dosa | Lentil crepes


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Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     8 Hours (Includes lentil soaking time)
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              15-20

Ingredients:


1 cup Moong Dal
¼ cup Toor Dal
¼ cup Rice
¼ cup Chana Dal
¼ cup Urad Dal
2-3 Green Chillies
8-10 Curry Leaves
½” piece Ginger
1 tsp Cumin Seeds / Jeera
1-2 Tbsp Curd / Yoghurt
A handful of Coriander Leaves
Salt
Water
Oil for frying

Method:


Soak all the dals and for 8-9 hours
Grind into a fine paste along with salt, green chilies, curd,  coriander leaves and a little water
Grate the ginger into the batter
Add curry leaves and jeera into the batter
Add more water if needed. The consistency should be like regular dosa batter.
Heat a tava and grease it
Pour a spoonful of batter and spread it like a regular dosa
Spoon 1 tsp of oil on it and allow it to cook on one side.
After it browns slightly on one side, flip it and allow it to cook on the other side
Serve it hot with chutney or avial
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Dal Makhani

Friday nights call for something special. With the heavy rains, eating out was out of question. Who's ready to battle Bangalore traffic when it rains? So it was time to make something easy and special at home. So here comes Dal Makhani. Although the name suggests makhan aka butter, it really does not have too much. Infact, I made it without any butter. You can add a spoonful at the end.




Ingredients:

Whole black urad dal - 1/2 cup
Red kidney beans / Rajma - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 2 medium
Onion - 1 medium or 2 small
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic - 1-2
Coriander powder / Dhania powder - 3-4 tsp
Cumin powder / Jeera powder - 1-2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tsp
Salt
Water

Method:

Soak the urad dal and the rajma for around 6-8 hours.
Pressure cook them in water until soft. Urad dal cooks very soon, around 3-4 whistles or 10 mins. Rajma, however, takes much longer. It took me around 45 mins on low
flame after 1 whistle to cook rajma.
Also, while cooking rajma, do not use the water that it was soaked in. Use fresh water.
Puree the onion along with the ginger and garlic
Puree the tomato
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds
Once they brown, add the onion paste and cook for 2-3 mins
Add the tomato puree and all the spices and cook on low flame for 10-12 mins. Add 1-2 tbsp water if it starts burning.
Add the urad dal and rajma.
Add salt and water.Adjust water according to the desired consistency.
Cook for another 5-7 mins.
Serve hot with rice or roti
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