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 Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal

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Top 10 Dal Recipes

Everybody has a reason to add a cup of dal to their meal, whether it is to include a soupy accompaniment in the meal, or to meet the day’s quota of body-building pulses. Indeed, every traditional Indian meal features a dal.

Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)

Gujarati Dal ( Gujarati Recipe)

No matter whether it is prepared as Sambhar or as Dhan Saak Dal, as Trevti Dal or as Dal Fry, every region has its favourite dals and every meal is sure to include a bowlful of it!

Dal Fry

Dal Fry

The wondrous thing about Indian cuisine is that the same dal may be prepared in different regions in different ways! Some dals are prepared simply by tempering the cooked dal with whole spices and seeds, while some dals like Dal Kalai - A Bengali fare, are flavoured using masala pastes. 

Dal Kalai, Bengali Kalai Dal
Dal Kalai, Bengali Kalai Dal

Dals are often cooked with tomatoes and onions, and spiced up with green chillies and ginger. A tempering of cumin seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves goes a long way in boosting the flavour and aroma of the dal. Often, the tempering is only added at the end, giving the dal a lingering aroma. When you temper chilli powder or Garam Masala in ghee and add it atop a dal, it looks as appealing as coffee laced with cream! North Indian traditional  Dal Tadka is a classic example of this. 

Dal Tadka
Dal Tadka

Tangy ingredients like tamarind, kokum or lemon juice are often added for a refreshing flavour.

Likewise, sometimes a paste of coconut, chillies and spices may also be added to boost the flavour of the dal. Or, roasted and crushed groundnuts may be mixed in, to give the dal an exciting twist. Another thing to note when following a dal recipe is the extent to which the dal must be cooked.

Panchmel Dal

Panchmel Dal

Some recipes call for the dal to be fully-cooked and mashed, whereas in some cases the dal needs to be soaked and cooked only to the extent that its shape and texture can be discerned. This small difference can make or break such dals! Similarly, dals may also be made out of multiple dals, as in the case of Panchmel Dal, to create a mélange of tastes and textures.

Shahjahani DalShahjahani Dal



While dals like the Dal Fry and Masoor Dal are homely, everyday fare, those like the Dal Moghlai, Shajahani Dal and Shahi Dal are fit for a king.

Dal Moghlai
Dal Moghlai

Each region also has its favourite dal, be it the kokum and peanut tinted Gujarati dal, the royal Rajasthani Dal Banjari or the buttery Punjabi Dal Makhani.

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani



Dals can be enjoyed with parathas, rice – plain or buttered. Depending on the main course, you can choose an appropriate dal. If you are serving with a spicy paratha, you can go for a subtle dal, while you can go for a richer one if serving with plain rice. A moment’s thought about how much time you have, what are the other items in the main course, and so on, is all that it takes to pick the right recipe for your meal.

Dal Amritsari
Dal Amritsari

Wherever in the world you are, a bowl of dal is all you need to comfort and nourish you, with good health and memories of ma’s cooking! So, forget not to cook yourself at least a simple dal every day.

Mooli-Moong-DalMooli Moong Dal


Top 10 Indian Dal Recipes



dal fry | Punjabi dal fry | dhaba style dal fry | Indian dal curry soup | with amazing 26 images. dal fry recipe is a popular Punjabi dal fry. A mixture of moong and masoor dal cooked to perfection in dhaba style dal fry and perked up with an aromatic tempering along with fried onions and tomatoes. This dal fry has a very pleasing texture and irresistible flavour too. From roadside dhabhas to global Indian restaurants, almost all diners serve this all-time favourite dhaba style dal fry. A thoughtful combination of everyday ingredients come together in the form of a tadka to give this dal frydal fry a thoroughly enjoyable flavour that lingers on the palate for a long time. dal fry with masoor dal is made with the most basic ingredients yet the outcome is beautiful. Generally, authentic dal fry is made with made with toor dal and chana dal but here we have slightly twisted the recipe by making dal fry with masoor dal and toor dal. This is our version of it. The aroma tingles your nostrils, while the flavour teases your taste buds – so enticing is this dal frydal fry that it is hard to believe that it is simple, everyday fare made with the commonest ingredients! The addition of nigella seeds to the tempering is a special touch, which leaves a lingering flavour of dal fry on your taste buds even after you finish your meal. You can serve the dal fry with rotis, parathas, naans, plain steamed rice or jeera rice. It is simple and easy to cook, but gives irresistible results, so do give it a try! Learn to make dal fry | Punjabi dal fry | dhaba style dal fry | Indian dal curry soup | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
Gujarati dal recipe | Gujarati toovar dal | Gujarati tuvar dal | with 19 amazing images. With a characteristic sweet and sour taste, this traditional Gujarati dal recipe is quite reflective of Gujarati culture and uses the typical ingredients and spices. While Gujarati toovar dal is an everyday dal, it takes on a festive hue when ingredients like peanuts and yam are added to toor dal. For such grand occasions, the Gujarati tuvar 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 Gujarati dal recipe is an art that can be perfected with practice. Notes on Gujarati dal recipe. 1. If you prefer a thinner consistency dal then add water accordingly. 2. 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. Do try other traditionals dals like Dhansak Dal, Maa ki Dal and Char Dal ka Dalcha. Learn to make Gujarati dal recipe | Gujarati toovar dal | Gujarati tuvar dal | with step by step photos below.
Here is something you can prepare on any day, to enjoy the satiating wholesomeness of home-cooked meals! This Masoor Dal is prepared using common spice powders and pastes, not to forget tasty onions and tomatoes, which give it a lip-smacking flavour and aroma. Serve it hot with your favourite Rotis , to make a hearty meal.
dal makhani | how to make dal makhani | dhaba-style dal makhani | punjabi dal makhani | with 30 amazing photos. Dal Makhani or maa di dal, as it is popularly known in the Punjab, with its smooth velvety texture and lovely flavour is a delicacy that is very much a dish of the Punjab. Enjoy our Dal Makhani recipe with step by step photos and video. Every Punjabi restaurant, roadside eating place and food stall vendor makes the claim that Punjabi Dal Makhani is a delicacy that they alone can make to perfection. This my own tested recipe dare I claim it as the best? Dal Makhani is traditionally cooked on a low flame overnight and allowed to thicken. Using a pressure cooker helps cook the dal in a jiffy. Serve hot with naans. Also do try other recipes that combines beautifully with fresh tomato pulp like Kashmiri Dum Aloo or Cauliflower Stir-fry .
It may have originated from the royal kitchens, but this one’s a delight to make in the kitchen as well as relish. Toovar and chana dals are pressure cooked with lauki, tomatoes and turmeric and mixed well, before a tadka of garlic, ginger and jeera is added to it. Delicious!
Here, a wholesome combo of five dals is flavoured with a special masala water and whole spices as well! Not only the flavours of the spices, but the flavours of the assorted dals are also discernable in this delightful dish. Dissolving the spice powders in water before sautéing them ensures that they get uniformly mixed, and also gives a nice, strong aroma to the dish. The Panchmel Dal also gets a nice tangy twist from amchur powder and tamarind pulp, which makes it a nice, tongue-tickling treat!
On one of my trips to the Punjab I picked up this gem of a recipe from a rather small and inconspicuous Punjabi restaurant. This dal is absolutely delicious and the cook had no hesitation in telling me his secret which I now pass on to you! Like most Punjabi dals this too requires ghee that add an unmatched flavour. Milk is added to the dal making it creamy. Almonds are used, which make this dal even richer. Do try other Punjabi dals like Dal Amritsari or Panchratni Dal .
dal banjara recipe | Rajasthani dal banjara | healthy dal banjari | with amazing 23 images. dal banjara is a delicious dal recipe made with chiklewali urad dal and chana dal. It is derived from Rajasthan, however has gained popularity all over India due to its unique taste. dal banjara and langarwali dal are two quite similar dals, they are derived and originated from different regions yet the ingredients used are same. Story of Rajasthani dal banjara. A pot of pulses seasoned with simple spices was lit up with firewood and simmered for several hours to make this Rajasthani dal banjara preparation. The cooks would have a meal ready around the time the maharaja returned from shikaar. It would consist of this Rajasthani dal banjara along with a meat preparation eaten with rotis. This is a quicker version of the traditional recipe but tastes just as delicious. In Rajasthani banjara dal the intense flavour of urad dal with its skin on is simply brilliant compared to the relatively bland de-skinned version. Together with chana dal and an assortment of spices, green chillies and onions, it transforms into a delicious Rajasthani dal banjara that will make you lick your fingers! People often confuse themselves between maa ki dal, dal makhani and dal banjara. But the propertions of dal used in all the three dals vary. dal banjari is also quite mild in taste yet delicious. When I long for change in menu I make dal banjara with chapatti or jeera rice. It is definitely a comfort food for me. Also, the dal banjari uses minimum and the most basic ingredients and doesn’t take much time for cooking. I got familiar to this recipe when one of my Marwadi friend called me home for a meal, his mother prepared it for us. It is better to serve the dal banjara immediately on cooking, garnished with freshly chopped coriander, in order to retain the proper consistency. Over time, it has the tendency to thicken. Learn to make dal banjara recipe | Rajasthani dal banjara | healthy dal banjari | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, chana dal adds nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, zinc and fibre. Ensure that you do not overcook chana dal, as it should be separate and not mashed.
There is a great feel-good factor booster in this protein-rich recipe! black bean dal is a tasty and wholesome dal, which is also very easy to make. All in all, a lot of good things in one package! you just need to remember to plan ahead and soak the dal overnight, and then the tomatoes, onions and common spice powders will work their magic.

Reviews

Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 01 Apr 19 02:33 PM
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Very beautifully described recipes. Makes me inspired to try out.
Tarla Dalal
02 Apr 19 09:04 AM
   Thanks for your feedback. Happy to know you liked the recipe collection.
Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 01 Sep 17 09:53 PM
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Just love u r all healthy recipes 😙 it''s easy to understand and just love to eat and serve my lovely family thank u and keep send this kind recipes.
Tarla Dalal
02 Sep 17 11:03 AM
   Thanks Amita, great to hear from you. Happy cooking.
Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 11 Apr 17 04:04 AM
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Tarla Dalal
12 Apr 17 08:15 AM
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Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 03 Mar 17 02:46 PM
5

Yeh tho such hai Indian meal is incomplete without Dal and we love Dal Fry,Dal Banjari, Panchmel Dal,Shahi Dal thanks for above collection of Recipes
Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 22 Feb 17 12:57 PM
5

Dals has high amount of energy and we are blessed by Tarlaji with all food ingredients
Tarla Dalal
02 Sep 17 11:59 AM
   Thanks Manori for the feedback.