Dhal Tadka (made in Bengal Style)

Dhal Tadka – its a healthy yet easily made side dish suitable to be had with rice or roti. 

Ingredients:

  1.     Yellow Moong Dal – 250 grams
  2.     Water – 1 litre
  3.     Jaathee-pathree – 1
  4.     Cardamom – 2
  5.     Cinnamon – 1
  6.     Star Anise – 1
  7.     Clove – 4
  8.     Green Chilli – 2
  9.     Onion – 2
  10.     Oil – 100 ml
  11.     Coriander leaves – few
  12.     Tomato – 2
  13.     Fennel seeds – 1/4 tablespoon
  14.     Salt – 1/2 tablespoon
  15.     Chilli powder – 2 pinch
  16.     Cumin powder – 1/4 tablespoon
  17.     Turmeric powder – 1/4 tablespoon
  18.     Ghee – 2 tablespoon
  19.     Curry leaves – 15
  20.     Cumin – 2 pinch
  21.     Mustard – 1/4 tablespoon
  22.     Red Chilli – 5
  23.     Garlic – 10

Things to be done before we start cooking

  • Soak 250 grams of ‘yellow moong dal’ in water for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Take 2 medium sized onions – peel the skin and chop them into smaller pieces.
  • Chop 2 tomatoes to small pieces.
  • Garlic – 10 cloves, peel the skin and crush them.
  • Wash curry leaves.

Steps to Prepare

1

Place a 3 litre pan on the burner. Turn on the flame to LOW mode, then add the below to it –

  • Water – 1 litre
  • Jaathee-pathree – 1
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1
  • Star Anise – 1
  • Clove – 4

Now let’s turn the flame to high mode, let the water boil for approximately 2 minutes.

By boiling, the flavor of spices will ooze into water.

 

2

After 2 minutes, lets turn flame to low mode. Use a wire strainer or metal strainer to remove the spices added in step 1.

 

3

Let add the below to the pan with hot water –

  • Yellow moong dal – 250 grams
  • Green Chilli – 2
  • Stir a little.

Turn the flame to high mode (for 1 or 2 minutes) till water boils.

Once water boils, turn the flame to LOW mode, let dal get cooked for the next 15 minutes (no need of covering the pan with a lid)

After 15 minutes of slow cooking, let’s transfer this pan to the small burner and have the flame in LOW MODE.

 

4

Place another pan on the big burner, turn on the flame to high mode. Then add the below –

  • Onion – 2
  • Oil – 100 ml

Stir a little till onions turn soft (don’t fry till they turn brown)

 

5

Then turn the flame to low mode and start adding the below –

  • Coriander leaves – few
  • Tomato – 2 (chopped to smaller pieces)
  • Fennel seeds – 1/4 tablespoon
  • Stir a little. Then add –

 

  • Salt – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Chilli powder – 2 pinch
  • Cumin powder – 1/4 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tablespoon
  • Stir a little, then pour 100 ml of water.

Let water boil and tomato get cooked for 2 minutes.

 

6

Now pour in the cooked dal and stir gently. Remove this pan and place it aside.

 

7

Place another pan with flame in HIGH mode. Then add the below –

  • Ghee – 2 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves – 15
  • Cumin – 2 pinch
  • Mustard – 1/4 tablespoon
  • Red Chilli – 5
  • Garlic – 10 cloves (crushed)

Stir a little for 15 to 20 seconds.

 

8

Pour these contents to the dal available in another pan. Stir well.

These Dhal thadka is a side dish suitable for having with ghee rice, roti and kulcha.

 

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