Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)

Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)

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With a characteristic sweet and sour taste, this traditional dal recipe is quite reflective of Gujarati culture and uses the typical ingredients and spices.

While this is an everyday dal, it takes on a festive hue when ingredients like peanuts and yam are added. For such grand occasions, the dal is boiled over and over again to get the best flavour.

Remember that the ideal balance of sweet and sour levels required for the success of this recipe is an art that can be perfected with practice.

Do try other traditionals dals like Dhansak Dal, Maa ki Dal and Char Dal ka Dalcha.

Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe) recipe - How to make Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)

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Ingredients
Method
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  1. To make gujarati dal, wash the dal, add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Mix well and cool slightly, add ½ cup of water and blend using a hand blender to a smooth mixture. Keep aside.
  4. Heat the ghee and oil in a deep pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, cloves, cinnamon, bayleaf, chillies, green chillies, ginger and asafoetida, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds.
  6. Add the tomatoes , mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds.
  8. Add the dal, salt and 1½ cups of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 7-8 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the yam, peanuts, kokum, jaggery, mix well and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  10. Add the coriander, mix well and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  11. Serve hot garnished with coriander.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy293 cal
Protein11.1 g
Carbohydrates38.6 g
Fiber4.8 g
Fat10.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium15.5 mg
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How to make Gujarati dal at home

  1. To make Gujarati Dal, first wash the toovar dal, add 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Toovar dal is a staple at most Gujarati households.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Mix well and add ½ cup of water.
  4. Blend using a hand blender to a smooth mixture. Keep aside. You can even mix it using a whisk but, it wouldn’t give a satisfactory result.
  5. Heat the ghee and oil in a deep pan. Ghee provides an amazing flavor while oil helps in increasing the smoke point.
  6. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  7. When the seeds crackle, add the fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
  8. Now add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf. The whole spices enhance the tadka but, can be skipped if not available.
  9. Furthermore, add chillies. The most crucial ingredients of a Gujarati tempering.
  10. Furthermore add green chillies, ginger and asafoetida, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds. If you are Jain, then you can skip adding ginger.
  11. Add the tomatoes , mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds.
  13. Add the dal.
  14. Furthermore, add salt and 1½ cups of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 7-8 minutes while stirring occasionally. If you prefer a thinner consistency dal then add water accordingly.
  15. Add the yam. It is totally optional.
  16. Furthermore, add the peanuts. Some people add the peanuts to the pressure cooker while cooking the dal, you can also do that if you want. They provide a unique crunchy bite to the Gujarati tuvar dal.
  17. Add the jaggery, mix well and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, while stirring occasionally. It provides the necessary sweetness to the Gujarati dal. Also, you can add kharek which also provides a pleasant sweetness.
  18. Serve Gujarati toovar dal hot garnished with coriander.
  19. If not serving immediately then the Gujarati Dal will thicken as the time goes so, ensure you add water, reheat and then serve.
  20. Gujarati Toor dal is best served along with a bowl of rice & dollop of ghee. The addition of rotli, shaak and chaas completes the meal.

Reviews

Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 29 Jan 19 06:46 AM
5

tasty. thanks for sharing
Tarla Dalal
31 Jan 19 10:03 AM
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Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)
 on 11 Aug 12 04:38 PM
5

This is an excellent and rich recipe.My mom always used to make this dal and everyone used to relish but since the time I left my mom's place and came to my hubby's place, I did not have this recipe then one fine day when I surfed your site I got the recipe of this dal and prepared it and it was so delicious that everyone enjoyed it so much that they did not leave their fingers too from licking.I saw my mom in Tarlaji this time.Thank u Tarlaji!