For about 26 years of my life, I have lived with the fear of Gujarati Dal. I always thought that it is sweet and pale and full of complex flavors. The restaurants where I had it a couple of times didnt help me get rid of it.
Soon after I got engaged in Feb 2011, my mother in law made me taste the most beautiful home made Gujarati Dal. It was spicy, sweet, salty and sour. It is a masterpiece.
Here it is for you to tantalize the taste buds.
You shall need:
1 cup… Tuvar Dal [Soaked for 30 min]
1.5 Cup… Water
1 Tsp.. Jeera
Salt to taste
1.5 Tsp… Sambhar masala [You MUST beg someone to get it for you from Gujarat] However if you dont have this, use red chilly powder. [this is not the sambar masala from the south india. This one is used in Gujarat to make Achaars as well]
1 Tsp… Turmeric Powder
1/2… Medium size tomato chipped finely
Juice of half a lemon
Scant fistful Peanuts [Optional]
- Boil the soaked dal with turmeric, peanuts [Optional] and salt for 2 whistles on full flame and one whistle on medium flame.
- In a pan, heat ghee, add jeera
- Add the boiled dal to it.
- Use hand blender to mash the dal a bit.
- Add the tomatoes and let it boil on a slow flame.
- Stir occasionally.
- Add jaggery.
- Once the froth on the dal is gone, it is ready to be served.
- Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
- Taste to adjust the salt, Jaggery and lemon if need be.
- Serve with Rice or Bhakri.