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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Five Mixed dal or Pancharatan


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1/2 cup of mixed dal (packed found in the Indian grocer this is my composition 1/4 cup toor dal, 1/4 cup masoor dal, 1/4 cup mung dal, 1/4 cup channa dal, 1/4 cup urad dal)

1 tablespoon of ginger
1 tablespoon of mild green chili or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder or haldi
1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon of lemon juice

For Seasoning
1 tablespoon of oil or ghee or clarified butter
1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon of cumin or jeera seeds
a pinch of asafoetida

Wash and cook the mixed dal in 1 1/2 cups of water.  Takes about 20 minutes.

Season: Heat one tablespoon of oil or clarified butter, when hot add mustard seeds, when mustard seed crackles add cumin seeds, when cumin seeds become dark add asafoetida, add green chili and ginger, stir add turmeric powder, chili powder stir add garam masala, salt and tomatoes.  Wait for the tomatoes to cook add the cooked dal and lemon juice.  Serves 2.

This dal is served with rice and chapati.  It is a North Inidan dish.  The combination of the five dals and the spices give this dish a very unique taste.  I make it at least once a week in my house.

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