A Hearty Gujurati Meal, Dal Recipe & Meeting Blogging Friends
The best thing about the Epic Road trip we did recently was meeting people, old and new. People that we hadn't met in a long time and may be wouldn't have been able to if we hadn't gone to Delhi by road. One such person is definitely the ghost who eats aka hitchy aka dhiren. A very dear virtual friend who stays in Bharuch, I mean for what reason I could imagine visiting Bharuch otherwise?
- 1/2 cup dal Arhar (we call it tuver daal you might also know it as toor daal)
- 1 tomato small
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 100 gms jaggery (according to taste actually)
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 6 - 7 peanuts
The Arhar dal is to be boiled in a Pressure Cooker with 1 and half glass of water. After it is cooked in the pressure cooker you have to blend it and make it in liquid form, unlike punjabi daal we don't let any seeds remain unbroken. Its kind of soup form.
Next up in a vessel heat some oil add mustard, slight hingh, slight jeera, kadi patta. When it starts fluttering you add the daal. Then you can add the jaggery, lemon, chilli powder, turmeric tomato, coriander, peanuts. Let it boil for a while and your daal is ready.
Many people also grate a bit of coconut in it, then some also add methi seeds during the jhoka... all slightly different variants. Some people make it without red chillies and use green chillies also.
Actually in my (hitchy) opinion gujarati daal is never as sweet as all non gujarati's make it out, yes it has jaggery, but its not really sweet it just has a sweet/hot sort of wonderful taste. I can eat piles of fulka roti's with just a gujarati Daal and not even let out my customary BURP ! :P.
The day we visited them was also our anniversary and they had a yumm Marie biscuit cake ready for us, a gesture that truly touched both of us and man was the cake was yumm :)
Leaving you with a picture of us after the meal (unfortunately hriday isn't there in this snap, the kids bonded so well)