Doodhi Dal

Doodhi Dal

Dal is a warm comforting dish that you can make quickly and stretches a long way ! I was introduced to this Gujarati version by my mother in law. We use toor dall and you can also add lamb/mutton or chicken but this time I kept it a veg day. Only 6 syns the whole dish but you can add more oil if that it to your taste.

Ingredients

  • 300g Toor Dal
  • One large doodhi, peeled and chopped into half moons
  • One tablespoon of oil
  • One onion finely chopped
  • 100g Passata or half can of blended tomatoes
  • Two tablespoons of ginger/garlic paste
  • Fresh chopped coriander

Whole Spices

  • 10cm cinnamon stick
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cloves

Dry Spices

  • One teaspoon of cumin powder
  • One teaspoon of coriander powder
  • Half teaspoon of red chilli powder
  • One teaspoon of tumeric powder
  • Teaspoon of garam masala
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Soak the toor dal and wash with many changes of water until clear.
  2. Place dal in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes (approx three whistles)
  3. While dal is cooking heat oil and add in the whole spices and let the oil take on the flavour without burning
  4. Add onions and keep frying until they are brown
  5. Add garlic/ginger paste and fry until the oil separates
  6. Add passata or tomato and let fry
  7. Set aside the garam masala and add the rest of dry spices
  8. Add Doodhi and fry on a low heat until half cooked
  9. Check the dal, it should have broken up. Add hot water if necessary & blend until smooth to make a thinish mixture
  10. Add dal into the pan with the doodhi masala mix and stir
  11. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes and add water if needed
  12. Check seasoning add more salt if needed
  13. Add in garam masala and fresh coriander

Serve with hot fluffy white rice and onion and yogurt khachumba and green chutney

Copyright Sara Saleh 2017

23 Replies to “Doodhi Dal”

  1. That’s our family favorite dal…We south Indians just adore toor dal….any day you can see it on our serving tables…dal with rice and onion platter is making me hungry…

  2. That’s our family favorite dal…We south Indians just adore toor dal….any day you can see it on our serving tables…dal with rice and onion platter is making me hungry…

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