Sunday, April 10, 2011

Daal Lucknowi

Daal Chawal is the most comforting food for me. And since daal has got proteins it is good for kids too. And sometimes when I am too lazy to cook a great meal, daal chawal is always there as my saviour. So I always keep on trying various varieties of daal. Recently my husband gave me Sanjeev kapoor's Tasty Eating for Healthy Living book set as a gift...quite a surprise for he does not believe in giving surprise gifts:( so this came as a pleasant shock to me. And while going through the daals and kadhi's book volume 4 , I came across this easy recipe of daal lucknowi.

I have never added milk in my daal before so I was not sure as to how the taste would be...but to my surprise the daal was very smooth, creamy and delicious. And adding lots of garlic was another special feature of this recipe...overall we had a delicious lunch with this daal, rice and my favourite mango pickle.


Spilt Pigeon Peas( toor daal)- 1 Cup ( Soaked for about an hour)
Green Chillies- 2 Chopped
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Ghee- 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
Red Chillies- 3 broken
Garlic Cloves- 4 Chopped
Asafoetida- a Pinch
Milk- 1 Cup ( I used skimmed)

  • Wash the soaked daal and pressure Cook the daal and green chillies with 2 cups of water in a pressure cook till 2 whistles. When the pressure is reduced completely open the lid and add turmeric powder and salt and simmer on low heat.
  • Heat the ghee and add cumin seeds, red chillies, garlic and asafoetida for tempering. Saute till garlic gets cooked . Pour the tempering in the daal and mix well.
  • Add 1 cup of milk and water as per required thickness and continue to simmer it for further 5 minutes.
Serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

Sending this daal to Cooking With Whole Foods- LB-Toor Daal event started by Kiran and hosted by Suma of Veggie Platter


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  2. Dal is my all time comfort food.

  3. Delicious and real comfort dal..

  4. Slurp,mouthwatering here...fantastic daal....

  5. dal is one of my fav !! this looks so tempting and inviting !!

  6. lovely color..looks Delicious

  7. looks lovely... I was looking for new recipes with daal...

  8. Mmm...just by looking at the dal, I can feel its comfortness! :) Looks yummy!

  9. wow...fantastic try Raji...great result...great clicks..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  10. nice colour and creamy texture.
    even i add a little milk to dal

  11. Adding milk sounds new to me...
    looks perfect and love the color dear...
    will try out soon :)

  12. Daal looks so lovely and creamy... Absolutely a comfort food :-)

  13. Very comforting and droolworthy dal..simply delicious..

  14. The dal is looking so warm and inviting Raji... ! too great to have it with rice or roti... !

  15. My husband is from Lucknow dear .. so I am thinking I will surprise him someday with this daal recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  16. Such a comforting dal! Adding milk does make it extra special. Thanks for sending this to my event.

  17. Nice version of dal,sounds good with milk in it,will try next time! Nice click!

  18. First time to your delicious blog!

    That's one droolworthy curry...yummy :)

  19. never added milk in daal. sounds good . Very nice photos

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Yum! This daal sounds tasty!

  21. Looks yummy...even i havn't tried adding milk to daal...will surely try!!

  22. I am from Lucknow and this is the first time I am coming across a Lucknawi special dal, so I got to try this. Also visiting your blog first time and will keep coming!!


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