March 22, 2009

Chana Dal Tadka

Ever since I've hurt my finger, I am getting showered with attention. I am enjoying this quite a bit. Getting hurt doesn't suck so much after all :D

I haven't been doing much in the kitchen lately. Shankar made this lip smacking Dal Tadka for me yesterday & he insisted that I post it. So, here I am typing with just one finger.

I was never such a big fan of Chana Dal. I barely experiment with it. I had Chana Dal Tadka for the first time at an Indian restaurant in Paris.

While we were holidaying in Paris, we were starved beyond words, & were craving for some authentic Indian stuff. For how long can you eat Croissants & Baguettes afterall? When, we found a nice little Indian restaurant & I just couldn't wait to lay my hands on some lovely Rice & Dal Tadka. The restaurant had limited options for the vegetarians & they only served only chana dal. I had no choice but to opt for it & thought I wasn't going to like it one bit.

When the waiter served, Dal Tadka, It looked really bland & had no traces of either onions or tomatoes or any other seasoning.
(I gave him a stare as though I am the Czarina of Indian Cuisine, implying that one can't just whip up something in an alien country & serve it as authentic Indian Stuff. )

But I was sooo terribly wrong. The dal tasted great & had an amazing texture. It was actually more than perfect. Yes, I ate one of the best Dal Tadkas in Paris. And, I knew that I was going to recreate this at home some day.

We got together to guessing what all might have gone into the Dal & I think we got most of it.

Here's how it was made,

You Will Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Chana Dal
  • 1 red onion - chopped
  • 2 tomatoes - chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • A small stick of cinnamon
  • A handful of cashewnuts
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chilli - broken
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • cilantro for garnish
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp desi ghee

Method:

  • Soak chana dal in water for about 15 minutes & pressure cook the dal until completely cooked. See to it that the dal does not get mushy & retains its shape
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan & add slit green chillies, cardamoms, cloves & cinnamon. Saute for about 20 seconds.
  • Add chopped onions & saute till they turn transpatent. Add turmeric, red chilli powder & tomatoes & cook until oil separates & tomatoes turn pulpy
  • Switch off the stove & allow it to cool. Once cool, grind this along with ginger & cashewnuts.
  • Heat oil in a pan & add cooked chana dal & the ground paste & bring it to a boil. Add water to get the desired consistency. Add salt as per taste.
  • Temper with cumin seeds & broken red chilli. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro.

Serve Hot with Rotis/Rice. Enjoy !!!

This one was really close to the one we had in Paris & enjoyed it quite a bit. The spices were mild & cashews added their bit of sweetness & gave a nice creamy consistency to the dal. I loved the texture & taste of chana dal too.

All the credit goes to Shankar for patiently listening to me on how to got about the whole thing & creating some lovely comfort food.

Hope you guys are going to try this too.

NOTE: While grinding the ingredients, we let a few rustic pieces of onions & tomatoes remain, since we like biting into tiny bits of veggies. But you could grind it into a smooth paste as well.

68 comments:

Priti said...

Looks real yum..never tried channa dal this way..thanks for the wonderful recipe to Shakar :P....and for you typing wit one finger ;)....hope you get well soon

Gita's Kitchen said...

Like you said it does feel nice to be pampered when we are sick :) Dal tadka with channa dal sounds very intresting, looks yummy too, I should give this one a try. take care dear!

Priya said...

Dal tadka with channa dal looks very delicious...Thats so nice to be pampered na!!

Trupti said...

Chana Daal looks very mouthwatering Deesha. How is ur finger? It must be feeling good by eating food prepared by sombody else :)

Jaishree said...

Hi deesha,
hope u r getting better now.As priya said so nice to be pampered:)channa dal looks very delicious.thanks to shankar for sharing lovely comfort food.Tk care!

LG said...

It is so nice of your hubby to make this lovely dal for you. I understand how it feels when you holiday in other country. I have had similar experience before. Get well soon dear :)

Madhumathi said...

Very delicious Dal recipe..Its so sweet of your husband taking care of you by making such yummy dishes for you..Get well soon.

Sara said...

This sure looks good - hope you feel better soon!

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A_and_N said...

I've never tried Chana Dal. Hmm..

Mrs.Kannan said...

Looks Great...Shankar did it really well..get well soon

Preety said...

how r u doing now deesha...i too love the attention..the most attention i thik i got when i was pregnant:)..dal looks so yummy..

Archy said...

Chana dal looks gud !!

Cynthia said...

Hey, you should encourage him to make more stuff and tell him what a place of prominence it will have on the blog!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow.. a new dish to me. looks so creamy and lovely deesha.. hats off to shankar.

Happy cook said...

Dal looks really yumm.
Enjoy the attention.

Ramya Bala said...

Hey deepthi,feeling now?
Anyways good care from ur DH haan ? ;)

The ingredients look totally new with channa dhal and really delicious :)

Ashwini said...

Wow That's nice.. nice recipe..Get well soon..

Indhu said...

that's an innovative recipe - dhal with ground paste... have noted this one to try... Get well soon :)

meeso said...

"For how long can you eat Croissants & Baguettes afterall?" :)) If you have taste buds, not for very long!!! The dal looks amazing, it is a great recipe, you must have really enjoyed it!

Poornima Nair said...

That looks delicious. Never cooked chana dal this way. Gotta try this.

Priya Sriram said...

Channa daal tadka looks very delicious Deesha! Lucky you, you got to taste it!! :D :D

srikars kitchen said...

looks really tempting & Yummy...

Madhu said...

that is one delicious recipe..so nice of your hubby to cook for you, get well soon..

Laavanya said...

I love the nutty taste of channa dhal and it's bite - tadka dhal with it looks delicious.

Lavanya said...

looks yumm deesha..you are lucky that your husband knew cooking n he is able to make very yummy dishes to you:)

Vibaas said...

never heard of dal tadka with channa daal. looks yummy.

how is your finger now? hope it has started healing...

aquadaze said...

no wonder the dal was yummy deesha, hub must have added copius amounts of TLC!! That apart, I am surely going to try this one, adding cashewnuts in dal is new to me.

Prathibha said...

Wow Dal Tadka with chana dal....:)looks yummy...
staying on a holiday in a different country is quite difficult for vegetarians.Even i have had a similar experience before..:)

rekhas kitchen said...

ok what about your finger now are you feeling ok now hummm dal tadka looks great

Sushma said...

Though I cook channa dal tadka, adding cashews is very new to me. A must try dal tadka with cashews:)
Thanks for the recipe

notyet100 said...

mmmm,...dal looks so yum that i jjust feel like diggin right away with some plain rice,..;-)tk cre,,,,

Sharmila said...

Am surely going to try this. Like the line "... best dal tadkas in Paris". :-)

sriharivatsan said...

Dal tadka with channa dal looks very yummy, something new to me too..Sounds interesting.. A must try recipie..

BTW, howz ur finger now, are u okay..Take good care dear.

Sanghi said...

Will surely try.! Lovely recipe!

jayasree said...

Dal looks creamy and delish. Get well soon and enjoy the attention till then.

Shama Nagarajan said...

how about ur finger, dear ? tadka looks delicious

SriLekha said...

how is ur finger now? take care while grating! i too grate veggies too fast and all the time my hubby will be warning!
recipe is so good deesha!

n33ma said...

Dal looks great,I never try anything channa dal when compared to other dals.
This is a good one thanks for sharing.
Howz the finger doin?

Cham said...

Can we see more recipes from him? They look extremely delious! Typing with one finger.... Should be painfull.

Deepa Hari said...

Hi Deesha,

Hope u r feeling better now....so sweet of ur hubby....channa dal tadka looks great and delicious.

Priyanka Dixit said...

Hi deepthi...

How are u? Its a really nice blog.. My roomie and me tried your veg biryani.. It came out well :) How is ur finger now? Take care and keep in touch.. Give my regards to Shankar.

Love,
Priyanka

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! lucky u :) nice pic and recipe ..Thanks

Smitha said...

Hey Deesha
Welcome back:)
This dish truly does look good. you must pretend to be sick more often to get your hubby to cook;)
Jokes apart, I had a similar experince with biryani in a restaurant in Germany. The served me kokum rice. Won't forget that sour rice ever:)

Usha said...

Looks really yum and inviting, very unique dhal recipe ! Hope you get better soon :-)

Uma said...

oh, I wasn't aware of your grated finger! I am sorry that I missed that post. How are you now Deesha? Take care!

But as you said, sometimes it is good to get hurt as we will be pampered. Dal tadka looks gorgerous and rich. Mouth-watering!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Chana dal like u mentioned is not one that I too experiment with but for the masala vadas and some basic dishes. This looks like a delicious dal with rotis and rice. Take care.Wishing u a quick recovery.

delhibelle said...

How sweet is that!
Dal looks yum and is made extra special by the affection:)
Take care & get better soon

Curry Leaf said...

Get well soon,though I must add enjoy all the attention.Love the post,sometimes it happens that we get the best our kind of dish in an alien place.Love the dal tadka and enjoy it

Purva Desai said...

Enjoy the attention dish....and convey it to ur Hubby that dal looks perfect and delicious. Chana dal tadka is my hubby's fav too...Wishing you speedy recovery

sunshinemom said...

I love chana dal madra (as I know it). Yours is a slightly heavier version but then if its cashewnuts adding the creamy effect, I am all for it!!

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AnuSriram said...

Thats yummy! Delicious recipe! Never tried with channa dhal!

Vishali said...

Hey coming here after a long time....nice recipe ...Chana Dal pics are awsome...:D

Sucharitha said...

Hi Deesha, all the collection of recipes and the pics make me drool. Lovely collection of rice recipes.

Pooja said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your lovely comment deesha..Never tried chana dal this way..looking great...

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Pooja said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your lovely comments in my blog deesha...Never tried chanadal this way...Looking great

luckysanjana said...

hi Deesha ive never tried this version of chana dal seems creamy to me.......

vidhas said...

Dal looks yummy. will surely try. How is your finger? Hope you are recovering now. Get well Soon !!

Malar Gandhi said...

Take care with your finger!

Me too not a big fan of chana dal. But love this recioe of yours...a clear new vriation for me to try.

Kumudha said...

channa dal tadka looks so rich!

great recipes!

Suma Rajesh said...

looks yummy..

Food Fanatic said...

yum..how's your finger. I guess u r better now. well that's good to know :) take care

btw which cam do u use?

Varsha Vipins said...

Hey..take care Deesha..:)
The dal looks amazing..The lighting is making it more warm n pretty..I love the idea of adding nuts n all,which I have never tried..:)

Adlak's tiny world said...

hey this dish new to me.. will give a try today itself.,. looks yum.

ARUNA said...

wow yummyyy, i can try this!!!

Sukanya said...

The chana dal looks irresistible. As you say sometimes getting hurt doesnt suck, imagine the luxuries of having food cooked by others.