Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Maa di dal


Mother is maa, and to call this punjabi curry " Mother's Lentils" significes the importance of the dish.
This is yet another recipe from my latest favourite book 660 curries from Raghavan Iyer.
If you love Indian cusine , then it is a must have book atleast I think so :-)

And I think this is a wonderful entry for Susan's event My Legume Love Affair - Eighth Helping so I am sending this to her place.

Ingridients.
I cup whole black lentils ( sabud urad)
1/2 cup yellow split peas
6 garlic cloves
2 lengthwise slice giner
4 fresh green chilies
2 bay leaves
2 cinamon sticks
4 green or black cardamom pods
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp cummin seeds
1 cup finley chopped fresh onions.
1 cup crushed tomatoes or toamto sauce or canned ones
2 TSP SALT
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 cup cooked red beans ( I used dried beans and cooked them in thepressure cooker)
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp of corriander leaves.

In this book he cooked the lentils in a pot, I just put all the lentils ( soaked overnight) and cooked them in the pressure cooker, together with the minced ginger , garlic and chillies and the cardamom, cinamon and bay leaves.

Add 2 tbsp of the ghee in a pan and when it is hot add the cummin seeds and cook till they sizzle. Add the onions and stir fry untill they are golden brown. 3 to 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium low and add the tomatoes, chillie powder and saly. Simer the sauce , partially covered, stirring occasionaly, untill some of the ghee starts to seperat on the surface. 6 to 10 minutes.
Once the legumes are cooked stir in the sauce the cooked lentils and the cream . Add 1 cup of water if it is too thick, stir once or twiwce.
Cover the pan and simmer over medium heat stirring occasionalyn untill the flavours mingle, 5 to 10 minutes.
Stir in the remaining 2 tbsp of ghee and the corriander leaves and serve.

76 comments:

Elra said...

Absolutely love Indian curry, I used to think that I can be a vegetarian IF I am allow to eat Indian food everyday. Unfortunately, there are some spices that doesn't agree with my stomach. Not sure which one though.
Cheers,
Elra

Asha said...

Slurp!! I am drooling!!
You got the black Urad there, that's wonderful. Looks perfect. Although I have that book, so far not one dish has been tried fro there, must do soon.

Looks perfect, enjoy. I think you should send this to RCI Haryana, it is from that region! :)

lisaiscooking said...

Looks delicious. I'm trying to learn more about Indian cooking, so this book could be a big help.

Happy cook said...

Elra i totally agree with indian food you can totally be a vegetarian no problem . Sometimes even i can't stand all the spices ;-)

Asha Hi hi hi you drooling on my inidna veg dish that is new, i must be getting better in cooking indian food :-) you should try making from the book it is a treasure of recipes in it.
Will send to the event too

Lisaiscooking, do buy the book you will love it.

5 Star Foodie said...

This looks excellent! Yum!

Pam said...

I wish I could smell them coooking - I am sure they taste amazing.

notyet100 said...

this looks so delicious,..nice colour too,..

indosungod said...

This dal is sure to warm up anyone. Looks lovely.

Happy cook said...

5 star foodie thankyou

Pam indeed they smell and taste delicious

notyet100 and indosungod thankyou.

Uma said...

Wow, what a rich dal! Looks divine and mouth-watering.

simplyspices said...

looks yum!can't wait to make it

Lavi said...

HC..Thats really a beautifull colour. My all time favourite along with chapathi's.

Laavanya said...

I made this recently too but w/o the channa dhal.. yours has a lovely colour and looks restaurant style. Yummy.

Varsha Vipins said...

That looks so authentic!!!!..Absolutely fantastic happy..:)
I am reading about this book everywhere..I want it badly..:(

Cham said...

That is a load of protein in Kadai HC. Oh my I am drooling !

Soma said...

that is one exceptionally beautiful color. I love ur KaDhais:-)

Food Fanatic said...

i simply love how ur maa ki daal looks. killer!!

Superchef said...

ive been contemplating about buying his book..but now i think ive made up my mind to buy it..this looks very similar to dal makhani except for all these varieties of lentils...looks mouthwatering!!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

this dal looks so rich and thick... yummy with rotis.

Yasmeen said...

Thanks for the visual feast of the luscious Maa ki dal :)

Sara said...

This looks so good, love all those lentils!

Gloria said...

OMG !! really IU love lentils! and this Happy cook look wonderful and tasty!!! xxGloria
I have to try this!!

Ashwini said...

wow, yummy , mouthwatering..I am feeling hungry for that dhal..Lokks delish, rich and creamy...

Maria said...

Looks fantastic! Wish I could have a taste!

Susan said...

Oh, my! So creamy!

Does it taste that much different whether green or black cardamom? I know how smoky and unique the black ones are. Lovely either way.

Thanks for sharing this recipe for MLLA8!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Oh wow, I am totally loving this! Yummmm!

Nags said...

This looks so lovely and creamy.

Also, you can enter any Indian recipe for the contest, I just added a gift for the most authentic recipe for those hardcore followers of authentic recipes and ingredients.

Please don't let that deter you from entering :)

Preety said...

wow dal looks so rich & perfect

Namratha said...

Looks scrumptious H, feel like digging in! Love the colour!

LG said...

That pot of dal looks so good. It is a total protein boost! Love to have this dal with chapathi :)

delhibelle said...

I adore this dal and yours looks scrumptious!

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks fabulous! Lovely!

Red Chillies said...

very nice recipe. I think i have never even seen black urad. I have heard so much about that book, I need to get that one.

Joie de vivre said...

Your top photo is gorgeous!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Such a healthy gravy,never tried before like this...should be really rich!

sowmya said...

dal look so delicious...want to buy that book..saw the same one somewhere else too...

Sahiti said...

Look at that creamy texture....I am drooling over here..:D
Btw,if I am not wrong, maa is not mother but urad...mah ki daal...dal made of black gram.

Swapna said...

Dal looks very rich and delicious....nice one!!!

jayasree said...

Dal looks rich and creamy. Found the additin of yellow split peas new. Should try it next time.

That bowl of dal is very tempting and I am yet to hv my lunch.

Aditi..............:) said...

wow...am sure gona try it!!! love it in hotels but never tried at home.....:) thanks!!!
Btw do visit my blog and leave your comments
http://peepinmykitchen.blogspot.com/

Priya said...

Dal looks rich, delicious n loads of proteins...yummy dal!!!

Ricardo said...

I need to make this delish, for my wife she is vegetarian so is this as far as I can see. It looks amazing and I never made a curry with beans and lentils, I have used lentils before and on occasion chick Peas, but this is just calling out for me ..great picture too...loved it..keep 'em comming

easycrafts said...

It looks so tempting ...you definetely can send over this to RCI..

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

HC

I must have a look at this book - I have read it but not yet tried any recipe. Thanks for inspiring me to do so!

Happy cook said...

Uma and simply spice thankyou

Lavi now that i have made this it is becomming mu fav too ofcourse with chapathies they are best.

Lavanya restraunt style wow thankyou.

Varsha vipins buy the book you will love it

Cham and Soma thankyou

Food fanatic i love you expresion :-)

Superchef i am so pleased that you are going to buy the book, you will love it.

Mahima and Yasmeen and sara thankyou

Gloria do try it, you will surely fall in love with the dal dish.

Ashwinin and Maria thankyou

Susan i have to admit i am not a huge fan of black cardamom i don't like the smokiness of it so i add the green ones.

JennDZ thankyou

Nags well i think then i will send you this recipe as this is almost authentic :-)

Preety and Namratha thankyou

LG i hi now that you put it this way i would also love to have with chapathies as the dish is finished here :-)

Dellhibelli and blonde duch thankyou

Red chillies you have never sene black urad wow and here i was thinking i am the one who don't know that much of authentic ingridients :-)

Joie dr vivre thankyou

Rakh's well it is rich but yummy delicious, and you can prepare for parties

Sowmya buy the book you will love it

Sahiti well i am not that good in hindi so you must be correct, i wrote excactly as the Raghavenra had written in his book.

Swapna thankyou

Jayashreee hi hi are you so much drooling now that is what i do in your place when you make something which i can't have :-)

Aditi do try i will visit your place soon.

Priya thankyou

Ricardo do make this for your wife she will love it .

Dhanggit said...

my hubby will surely love this, a fan of legumes and indian curry .;can you send some here in france?? hehehe have a great day dear

pigpigscorner said...

ooo yummy yumm...I cannot resist curries! Have not tried cooking though, I am a bit scared of the spices..

Burp and Slurp~! said...

I love those combination of different colored and sized beans! this looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious.

Malli said...

dal..one of my favorites..this is a common take out curry for me but never made at home...will try this sometime. the pics looks amazing thanks

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks fantastic! I love beans and lentils. Really delightful!

Cheers,

Rosa

Maria said...

HC, I love all your Indian dishes and this is another delish recipe!

Maria
x

Sandeepa said...

Looks perfectly rich

Lore said...

What a great creamy curry, and quite satisfying too :)

Paru ... said...

wow that dal looks delicious..

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely... Mouth-watering recipe.. Have book marked this to try! Your pasta looks tempting too...

Premyscakes said...

Looks so rich and yummy. This is one of my regular dish at home.

Sunshinemom said...

Yours is totally restaurant style with perfect garnish too! Beautiful and creamy, no wonder you loved it. I am sure you will be making this often:)

Madhuram said...

That's a very healthy dish HC. Cooking lentils in pressure cooker is such a breeze. Even I saw a recipe recently were they mention that it takes 2 hours for some beans to cook on stove top. It's such a waste of time/gas right?

Peter M said...

Happy, the bean mixture is so colourful! This is packed with flavours and healthy.

Nithya said...

I remember stopping at a dhaba once while on a road trip in Punjab. We were desperately hungry and they served us Maa di Daal and Tandoori rotis. It was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. Thank you for reminding me of it :)
-Nithya

Maria said...

looks great!! will try this for sure and let you know.

Happy cook said...

Dhanggot i remember you writing in one of your post that your hubby bought loads of kidney beans, make this for him he will love it.

Pigpigscorner try with a simple recipe and then go from there, spices won't bite :-)

Burp and slurp thankyou

Malli do try they are delicious.

Rosa thankyou

veena said...

Looks delicious ...Nice combo with chapaty..love the colour
love
veena

DEESHA said...

i love this sooo much .. i gotta try this one

Jaya said...

Just look that rich colour of the gravy, this shows the effort right there ..
I want some now :))..
hugs and smiles

Joie de vivre said...

Happy Cook,
Thanks, as always, for your comments. The past few days I have been thinking of buttermilk, but it is not something I keep in my kitchen standard. I used to know a "recipe" on how to approximate your own buttermilk, something like add a Tablespoon or two of vinegar to milk, but I can't find it anywhere. Do you ever do this?

Arfi Binsted said...

that looks yum, spicy, and saucy!!

Sujatha said...

Girl, I'm drooling... Love that rich creamy color and texture.. Parcel me some here... :) I recently made dal bhukara, pretty similar to this one.. next time will try it your way!

Happy cook said...

Joi de vivre i have answered you quqtion in you place.

AnuSriram said...

I have something for u in my blog dear.. Pls accept!

Maya said...

Yes please, some rotis by the side or some jeera rice and am happy :)..Love it.

MR said...

very interesting
never made this
dish packed with proteins
looks YUM

Miri said...

My favourite - and your version looks delicious. I also substitute part of the butter with whipped thick yoghurt and it tastes amazing!

Aparna said...

This is heavenly dal. So soft, creamy and absolutely delicious. And perfect with naan.
Your version looks just right, HC.

Madhumathi said...

This is a perfect maa di dal..I can't stop drooling here..Looks absolutely delicious :)

Anonymous said...

hi happy cook
your dal looks delicious .i will try it soon.one thing i want to tell u that this is called maah ki dal becoz in punjab they call urad dal as maah .