Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dhaba Style Daal / Dal / Dahl Fry

Spicy and flavoursome Dhaba Style Daal fry is very healthy and packed with good ingredients, prepared with lentils and Indian spices and goes well with roti, paratha or hot and steamy jeera rice.
Dhaba style Daal Fry
There is no doubt that life is beautiful, but it comes with it's own terms and conditions. It has it's ups and downs, yes, life is like a roller coaster !!!

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey 
My new year 2017 was off to a rocky start, My dad passed away in India, he was 70+ and left behind his three children and grand children, my mum died few years before him. It is very hard for anyone to accept the death of their loved ones, and ones are left behind are left in so much pain. For me this pain is only made easier by knowing that his suffering over at last, he suffered so much in his entire life - now he is in a much better place !!! I was going through so many different emotions because life is raw and make you feel every emotion, time is the best healer and I found comfort in the following weeks and came to accept that now he is at peace.  He still lives in my heart and memories - I Love you Dad 💚

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
Dhaba Style Daal Fry, not only dad but rest of our family has a soft spot for this healthy, flavoursome and aromatic daal. Day before he passed away I called him, he had a temperature and said to me that he didn't feel like eating anything, so I suggest him to have Daal Fry with Rice and he said he will ask his caretaker to do a takeaway. Next day I received news that he passed away. I had made a plan to post Daal Fry recipe on a coming Father's Day and wanted to dedicate a post on him, but.. Life is full of surprises!

Chana, Masoor and Tuar Daal
So here I am, dedicating this post to my beloved dad who used to cook this Daal so often and also taught my mum to make it too. For Dad 'Bombay' was always 'Aamchi Mumbai' and loved staying and working over the years in Bombay film industry. While he was staying away from home he relied on restaurants and dhaba food. This punjabi  Dhaba Style Daal Fry always stayed on top of his menu list. Many moons ago Daal cooked with so much onions and garlic never to be seen in any Gujarati kitchens, maybe that was the reason Dad was so fascinated by this dish.

Spicy and flavoursome Dhaba Style Daal fry is very healthy and packed with good ingredients, prepared with lentils and Indian spices and goes well with roti, paratha or hot and steamy jeera rice.
Dhaba style Daal Fry
So why its called Dhaba Style Daal Fry ? The answer is simple, once you reach restaurants or dhaba and order any kind of Daal, no one is going to prepare fresh daal for you. They have their secrets, daals cooked beforehand need only be heated through to enhances the flavours and texture once again with generous amount of fats, spices, onion and garlic for service, depends on individual restaurants what ingredients they would use. So now that beans are spilt, and no more secrets to reveal for dhaba style food, cook and enjoy this Dhaba Style Daal Fry !

Notes :-
You can use any combination and amount from these five kind of daal -

Chana Daal - Split Bengal Gram
Tuar / Tuver/ Arhar Daal - Split Red Gram ( You can get this lentils 'with Oil' too )
Masoor Daal - Split Red lentils
Dhooli Moong Daal - Split yellow Gram ( without green skin )
Dhooli Urad Daal - Split Black Gram ( without black skin )

Second Tadka ( tempering ) can be done with cumin and red chilli powder or onion and garlic can be added too.

Daal Fry can be accompanied with Creamy Palak and mixed vegetables , Aloo Gobi, Aloo Matar Gobi , Matar Paneer ,Khada Masala Rice and Triangle Paratha.

I forgot to take pictures of Moong and Urad daal here, but I did use it.

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Dhaba Style Daal Fry
Dhaba Style Daal fry, is delicious and healthy north Indian delicacy. This dhaba style daal prepared with mixed lentils and basic spices.
  • 4 Tbsp. Chana Daal
  • 4 Tbsp. Tuar Daal
  • 4 Tbsp. Masoor Daal
  • 4 Tbsp. Moong Daal
  • 2 Tbsp. Urad Daal
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 Tsp. cumin seeds
  • Pinch hing
  • 2 Tbsp. Ghee or unsalted butter ( Vegan use oil )
  • 1 Tbsp. whole spices ( cinnamon, clove, bay leaf, black cardamom )
  • 1 dry red chilli
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic clove minced
  • 1" ginger minced
  • 2 green chillies split
  • 1 big fresh tomato chopped ( you can use canned tomato too )
  • 1 Tsp. dried fenugreek leaves - kasoori Methi
  • 1 Tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin and coriander
  • Freshly chopped coriander
  • Lemon wedges
Thoroughly clean lentils and wash couple of times with clean water.Soak for half an hour if you are cooking in a pan.I always cook lentils and beans in pressure cooker.Add daal, water, salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.Put it on a stove without lid, let the first boil come then put the lid on.Cook for 3-5 whistles and switch it off.Let the pressure cooker cool off naturally.Lightly mash cooked daal with the back of the ladle, no need to mash completely.In a heavy bottom pan or kadai heat oil, add whole spices.Once they splutter, add hing and onion.
Once onion started getting pink, add garlic and ginger.
Sauté the mixture for couple of minutes then add split green chillies.
Add chopped tomatoes and cook until completely cooked, then add all the masala one by one.
Careful not to burn the spices, rub kasoori methi between your palms and add in the masala mixture.Once you see oil is separating the masala, add boiled daal and check the consistency, if it's too thick add little water.Add salt and bring it to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Switch off the heat.
For best taste and texture leave the cooked daal to rest for couple of hours, but if you are pressed for time prepare second tadka ( now this dish is going to be daal fry )For best taste and texture leave the cooked daal to rest for couple of hours, but if you are pressed for time prepare second tadka ( now this dish is going to be daal fry )After pouring second tadka once again re heat daal thoroughly.Squeeze lemon juice, garnish it with coriander and serve piping hot with salad, Jeera rice, Roti or Naan and many Punjabi style sabji or curry for a complete meal.Enjoy !
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

Spicy and flavoursome Dhaba Style Daal fry is very healthy and packed with good ingredients, prepared with lentils and Indian spices and goes well with roti, paratha or hot and steamy jeera rice.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your dad. You can never get over the loss of your loved ones. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Daal looks really tasty, I can see why your dad loved it so much.

  2. May his soul rest in peace. nice write up Jagruti. fantastic photography. and a very healthy and yummy recipe. thank you. will try your version soon as dal fry is the most favorite dish in my house.

  3. Hello Jagruti, So sorry to hear about ur dad. I know the word sorry is not enough for this news, but the comment box is not right place anyway to express my feelings. I was keep checking your blog during these last 3 months and today I opened with the intention to copy your email id and write to you, but here you are and so writing here.

  4. Daal is one of my go to comfort foods. A great healthy vegetarian protein source.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your father. That must be so hard. On a lighter note this daal looks so good!

  6. Wow! This Daal looks so good! I've never tasted one but my mouth is watering here. I am sorry to hear about your dad.

  7. I am sorry about your father! {hugs} This is beutifully written tribute to your father and this dish looks amazing!

  8. Food can be so comforting and bring such comforting thoughts and memories of people and moments. Your dad was very special and I am so glad you have a healthy memory and comforting food to remind you of him. This sounds wonderful

  9. I can relate to your feelings and I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I lost my mom and dad as well and the pain still lingers. I missed them both and I could only wish that they have stayed more longer to see their grandkids growing up.

    From: Calleigh K - TheForkBite

  10. So sorry to hear about your loss, can relate to your pain as I too lost my dad and still cant get over it, the dal post you have dedicated to him looks so lovely , I am sure seeing this post from heaven he must be very happy, May his soul rest in peace.

  11. OMG.. this dal is so yummy.. I could finish the whole of it. Very beautiful presentation and clicks as always.

  12. Beautiful post. May your parents RIP. This is an apt dedication to them😊 deal look so yum.

  13. So sorry for your loss I know some spots in life are never filled and this is one of them.Your Dad will surely love the daal and must be so proud to see your tribute to him. I am in love with this dal and will try it soon.

  14. Lovely post Jagruthi. It is really hard to lose a parent -- my father passes away 7 years ago and not a single day goes by without thinking of him. I'm sure your dad is looking from above.
    Dak fry is such a comforting and hearty dish nad a perfect homage to your dad. Lovely clicks.

  15. Drool worthy dal fry.. As always your pics are so realistic and tempting me even better..

  16. My aunt used to make this dal often. Your pics looks so delicious

  17. So sorry to hear about your Dad dear...I lost my father early too when I was just 21 a few decades ago and I still miss him a lot...I can imagine your feelings dear; I am sure he was very proud of you and this daal looks so perfect, no wonder he loved it :) Lovely write up and such a lovely tasty dish.

  18. I am drooling on this daal. Pictures are amazing. I also do a double tadka to my daal sometimes :)

  19. Omg, what a comforting and definitely a satisfying dal fry, am an ardent fant of Dhaba style dals, too tempting.

  20. Food is a great medium to remember someone who is so close to your heart isnt it? I often remember my beloved mother who passed away some 12 years back whenever I cook her favourites in the kitchen. It is from her, whom I learnt cooking and especially the art of making fine pickles. My blog is dedicated on her birth anniversary and a small way to say thank you for all she did for me. When I read about your beloved dad, all I could think was her. He is extremely lucky to have you as a daughter and the fact that you have given such a wonderful and thoughtful dedication of his favourite dish on the blog. They are our pillars of strength Jagruti and no matter what, no one can take their place in our life. The vaccum always exists, but we should move on, remember them on and off and just smile that they are in a happy place in heaven. May his soul rest in peace. Hugs Jagruti.

  21. I must say that Dal fry is one of our favourite dish.. Such a comforting and flavourful dish. Your clicks are as usual making me drool and now i feel like having it with hot rice and ghee :)

  22. Beautiful pictures like always. My family love this kind of dal and we prefer with roti and brown rice. Sometimes I eat with oatmeal too:) your recipes looks really delicious!

  23. I am so sorry about your dad but at least you know he is in heaven looking down at you. The dal fry looks wonderful and I am sure your dad would be happy knowing you are cooking and enjoying his favourite recipes.

  24. I am really sorry for your loss Jagruti, I know how hard it must have been for you but knowing that all his sufferings ended and he is at a better place, you must be at peace. This void can never be filled and at the end of the day the pain is still there. But as you said there are always ups and down and we have to keep going. My mother is terminally ill and I wake up everyday terrified of thinking if I have lost her, every phone call from my house is a deep fear in my heart. I just pray to God everyday, that some miracle would happen and all her pain goes away like a nightmare.

  25. Loss of loved ones is irreplaceable, but one thing they are always in our heart. Take care Jagruti. The dal fry looks delicious and your dad must be happy seeing these dishes from above.

  26. I can understand your state of mind while compiling this post, we daughters are so close to our Dads and Dads are always our ideals.May his soul rest in peace.Your pictures are so inviting and your Dal looks amazing!

  27. So sorry to read about uncle. But I remember you had posted a photo with him on FB. It is really hard to accept. Can feel the pain. Mine are alive but they do not talk to me. It took four years to come out from this shock. I am ok now.

    Dhaba style dal really looks tempting and got to the know the secret. Bookmarking like the combination of dals.

  28. Foods are always related to memories...I believe when we cook our loved ones favorite dish, we feel they are around us...daal looks Scrumptious..can feel the love in this dish

  29. Jagruti, favorite food or style of cooking has a tendency to remind us of our dear ones especially the ones who are not with us. I now always associate churma na ladoo with my mum... as she had scolded me for not making them for Diwali. Next day she passed on. A beautiful contribution in the memory of your dad.

  30. I can survive just on Dal Fry; I really can. :)


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