Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dal Fry

In this post,I am writing a recipe which is quite famous and highly sought one in restaurants.Dal Fry can be prepared in many ways.My method is based on the recipe of our family friend Mrs.Sharma who taught me this dish when we were in Ahmedabad.Many use Udad Dal also in Dal Fry but I don't prefer it because of its slimy consistency.
Tur Dal 1 cup
Mung Dal /Payatham paruppu 1/4 cup
ChannaDal/Kadalai paruppu 1/4 cup
Onions 2 Big
Tomatoes 4 Big
Garlic 10 cloves
Ginger 1 1/2 inch piece
Green Chillies 2
Whole Red Chillies 3
Garam Masala powder 1 tbsp
Dhaniya powder 1 tsp
Jira powder 1 tsp
Chilli powder to taste
Jira 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Salt to taste
Lemon (optional)

Add little turmeric and water to all 3 Dals mixed together and pressure cook for 3 or 4 whistles till channa dal gets cooked well.
Chop Onions and Tomatoes into small pieces.
Finely chop garlic and Ginger(Don't make it to paste).
Slit Green chillies to long pieces.
In a Kadai,Heat Oil,add Jira,Green chillies,chopped garlic and ginger,Red Chillies,Curry leaves and Turmeric.
Immediately add chopped onions and saute well till golden ,add chilli powder,toss well and add Tomatoes,little water,Salt and let it get cooked well.
Now add Garam masala powder,Dhaniya powder,Jira powder and mix well.
Slightly mash the boiled Dal and add it in Kadai.Add little water to get the required consistency.
Simmer and cook well for 5 to 10 minutes.
If more sour taste is needed add lemon while serving.Garnish it with Coriander.Serve Hot.

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