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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. 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!

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 are flavoured using masala pastes. 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!

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. 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.

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

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.

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.

Top 10 Indian Dal Recipes

From roadside dhabhas to global Indian restaurants, almost all diners serve this all-time favourite ....
With a characteristic sweet and sour taste, this traditional dal recipe is quite reflective of gujar ....
Here is something you can prepare on any day, to enjoy the satiating wholesomeness of home-cooked me ....
Dal Makhani or maa di dal, as it is popularly known in the Punjab, with its smooth velvety texture a ....
It may have originated from the royal kitchens, but this one’s a delight to make in the kitchen as w ....
Here, a wholesome combo of five dals is flavoured with a special masala water and whole spices as we ....
On one of my trips to the Punjab I picked up this gem of a recipe from a rather small and inconspicu ....
The intense flavour of urad dal with its skin on is simply brilliant compared to the relatively blan ....
A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, ....
There is a great feel-good factor booster in this protein-rich recipe! black bean dal is a tasty and ....


Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 01 Sep 17 09:53 PM

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
   Hi, We are very sorry but we deal only with recipes an not any utensils or cookware.
Top 10 Dals, For a Strikingly Energetic Meal
 on 03 Mar 17 02:46 PM

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

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.