Punjabi Dhabe Walli dal is one of those amazing dals which you get while you are driving in North India and stop at a Dhaba to have some food! This dal tastes amazing with some hot rotis or rice!
I love all dals.I remember growing up to eating a different dal everyday of the week. There was moong, channa, urad, masoor, arhar (toor), moth and so many more which mom used to make on a daily basis. I also remember never remembering their names and telling mum by color and shape as to what dal we wanted to eat that day. And among that is one dal which stands out as a favourite, in fact my most favorite dal. And that is the Punjabi dhabe walli dal.
So the other day, when I was tweeting my lunch menu and this Punjabi dhabe walli dal was a part of the menu, I got so many requests for the recipe. I must admit, one of the best parts of going on long drives in North India is to eat the food in the dhabas. Dhabas are a special part of the Indian roads long drive, isn’t it? And those various truck drivers who stop along side with you! I used to love reading all the fun things which trucks used to have written on the back. The typical was Horn OK Please, which I never understood. And then there was ‘Jai Mata Di’ which was very common too. Then, of course, there were words like ‘sona’, ‘meri jaan’, ‘ram rahim ek hain’ and what not? The trucks seem to pass on a lot of knowledge, eh?
And the food in the Dhaba? Oh, the food! Super delicious. Honestly, I doubt if we go to analyse the food, it would taste very good now. But if you went into a Dhaba after a long drive, anything tasted amazing. The hot rotis dipped in ghee, the jeera rice full of onions and this Dal! A perfect meal, eh?