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Dal Batti

A favorite dal preparation across Marwadi & Rajasthani homes. Mixed lentils (dal) is served with thick, round wheat flour bread & often a dessert -Churma. To make dal, boil 10gms each of Toor dal, Black Urad dal, Chana dal & split Moong dal along with salt, reserve. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadhai, add cumin seeds, whole garam masala, one chopped onion & cook until it is light brown. Add one chopped tomato & red chili powder, salt & turmeric powder to taste. Mix well. Add boiled dal & cook for sometime. Add chopped fresh coriander. To make batti- Make dough from 150 gms wheat flour & 100 gms ghee & enough water. Make 3 to 4 dough balls of equal proportions. Cook in the oven at 160 degrees. Arrange the baatis on a serving plate, break each baati into two pieces and pour melted ghee on the baatis. Serve with dal. Image & recipe- Maharaja Jankidas Vaishnav, Sofitel Mumbai BKC

Delicious Indian Dal (lentils) Preperations

A simmering pot of dal (lentils)  in Indian kitchens is a common sight. A staple dish across Indian households, dal is a favored source of protein for vegetarians. Though every Indian kitchen has its own favorite dal preparation, there are many ways to prepare dals. Dals are made differently across homes & can range from being spicy & sweet to extremely hot depending on regional influences.

Usually, a dal recipe requires the dal to be boiled to a stew like consistency & many a times vegetables are added along with Indian spices like turmeric powder, coriander powder & garlic or ginger. A tempering is added towards the end to finish the preparation & lend smokey flavors. Lets look at some delicious Indian dal preparations.