Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao

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Rice Pilaf
Ingredients
  • 2 cups basmati rice, uncooked
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin half moon shape slices
  • 1 small potato, cut into thin slices like fries
  • 6 to 8 small cauliflower florets
  • ½ small carrot, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 10 to 12 pieces of cashews
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • ½ finely chopped jalapeno chili (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder or red chili flakes
  • 2 to 3 each whole cloves and cardamom pods
  • ¼ inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
Directions
  1. Wash rice and soak it for 30 minutes to an hour (optional) and drain well.
  2. In a soup pot or Datch oven heat ghee or oil over medium high heat. Once it shimmers, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add cashew, raisins, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and bay leaves and saute for 30 seconds. Add onion, garlic, ginger and garam masala. Let onion sauté until light golden brown, 2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables except peas, green chili and red chili flakes or powder. Stir the vegetables and sauté them for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add rice and sauté it for 1 to 2 minutes so that rice is coated with spices and oil or ghee. Add salt and water, stir everything and cover the pot. Lower the heat and let rice cook until fork tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. At this point you can also transfer the rice into 350 degrees oven and let it cook until rice is cook through, about 25 to 30 minutes. Spread peas on top. Let rice stand for 10 minutes, covered, before serving.

 

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Bataka nu Rasavalu Shaak

Bowl of Bataka nu Rasavalu Shak

Bataka nu Rasavalu Shaak

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Sweet and Sour Potatoes
Ingredients
  • 2 medium size bataka (potatoes), raw or boiled, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves, optional
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder or 1 minced jalapeno or serrano chili or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dhana jeeru (spice blend of coriander and cumin powder)
  • 1 small piece (golf ball size) jaggery (Indian raw sugar) or 2 teaspoons sugar or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1 teaspoon tamarind pulp or 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • ½ cup water or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. In a medium heavy bottomed pot heat oil on medium high heat. Add cumin and mustard seeds and let it sizzle. Lower the heat and add asafetida, red chili, curry leaves, turmeric, chili powder or green chili. Add potatoes, ½ cup of water for boiled potatoes and 1 cup of water for raw potatoes. Season with salt, mix everything and let the mixture come to boil on medium high heat. Let raw potatoes cook covered with lid for 10-12 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add dhana jeeru, jaggery or sugar and lemon juice or tamarind pulp or tomato paste. Let the potatoes heat for 7 to 10 minutes until the mixture thickens with all the spices. If the potato mixture looks dry add more water. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with any Indian flat bread.
Notes
To make this recipe tastier, use 1 tablespoon more oil and make it spicier by adding more chili powder or more green chilies. You can also add eggplant or tomatoes in this recipe. You can cut down potato to one and add 2 tomatoes or half eggplant. With tomatoes, add it for the last 2 to 3 minutes. If you are making eggplant and potatoes, do not boil potatoes. Instead, follow the above recipe up to the adding water part and then cover the pot and let the vegetables cook until they are fork tender. You can also cook butternut squash same way, with cumin seeds only.

 

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Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi

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Potato and Cauliflower Curry
Ingredients
  • 1 medium size gobi (cauliflower), cut into 1 inch florets
  • 1 medium size aloo (potato), cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 medium size onion, finely minced
  • 1 medium size tomato, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 small jalapeno chili, finely minced
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon asafetida
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin powder)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro for garnish
Directions
  1. In a wok or a frying pan heat the oil on a medium high heat until shimmering. Add mustard seeds and let it sizzle. Add asafetida, onion and green chili. Add turmeric, chili powder, garam masala, dhana jeeru and sauté them with onion until onion is light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and ginger and let them cook until the mixture is almost dry, 3 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower and potatoes. Mix them well until vegetables are coated with oil and spices. Add salt, ½ cup water and mix it again. Cover the pan with lid and let the vegetables cook until fork tender, stirring from time to time, about 10 to 15 minutes. Just before serving garnish with cilantro. Serve warm with any type of Indian flat bread.
Notes
This is a basic recipe to cook any type of vegetables with gravy. You can cook the gravy with onions, tomato and spices and add any vegetables you like. You can also add paneer(Indian cottage cheese) with vegetables.
You can use food processor to mince onion, green chili (combined these two), tomato, and ginger (combined these two)).

 

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Chole

Quick Chole

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Chickpea Curry
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz. can of chickpeas
  • 1 large yellow or red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili or to taste, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chole masala
  • 3 tablespoons canola or neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. In a food processor, process onion, garlic and green chili until it forms thick paste.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan or a wok. Once oil is shimmering, add onion mixture, turmeric, dhana-jeeru, chili powder, garam masala, and sauté it until onion is light golden brown.
  3. Next process tomato and ginger in a food processor into a thick paste. Add little water if necessary to make it smooth. Add tomatoes and ginger mixture to pot and sauté until water from tomato evaporates.
  4. Add chick peas and salt. If gravy looks too dry add ¼ to ½ cup water. Cover pan or wok and let it simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Uncover, add chole masala and let it simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serve warm with rice or any Indian flat bread. (Traditionally, chole are served with bhatoora (fried whole wheat flour bread).

 

 

Instant Pot Chole

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry chickpeas
  • 1 large yellow or red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium size tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili or to taste, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chole masala
  • 3 tablespoons canola or neutral oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Pick through chickpeas and soak them in two cups of water for 5 to 6 hours or until chickpeas are soft. (Soaking is optional but it will speed up cooking process)
  2. In a food processor, process onion, garlic and green chili until it forms thick paste.
  3. Set instant pot to sauté setting for 30 minutes. Once it is hot, heat oil in insert until shimmering. Add onion mixture, turmeric, dhana-jeeru, chili powder, garam masala, and sauté it until onion is light golden brown.
  4. Next process tomato and ginger in a food processor into a thick paste. Add little water if necessary to make it smooth. Add tomatoes and ginger mixture to pot and sauté until water from tomato evaporates.
  5. Add chick peas and salt. Cover chickpeas with water. Set instant pot to pressure cooker setting and cook for 40 minutes. For unsoaked chickpeas increase time to one hour. Once cooking time is over, release steam (you can also wait for pressure to release) and uncover pot. Add chole masala and let it simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes on sauté setting. Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serve warm with rice or any Indian flat bread. (Traditionally, chole are served with bhatoora (fried whole wheat flour bread).

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Chana

Bowl of Channa

Chana

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Sweet and Sour Indian Chickpeas
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup chana, uncooked
  • Water as needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida powder
  • 1 dry red chili (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • ½ to 1 jalapeno or serrano chili, minced or finely chopped (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dhana jeeru (spice blend of coriander and cumin powder)
  • 1 small piece (half the size of golf ball) of jaggery (Indian raw sugar) or 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or ½ teaspoon tamarind pulp
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Wash chana and soak into 1 to 1 ½ cup water for at least 6 to 8 hours or overnight in a medium soup pot or a Dutch oven or a pressure cooker.
  2. Season with salt and cook chana covered with enough water, about one hour or cook it in a pressure cooker according to manufacturer’s direction.
  3. In a separate medium soup pot or a Dutch oven, heat oil on medium high heat. Add mustard seeds and let it sizzle. Lower the heat and add sesame seeds and let it sizzle. Add chickpea flour and sauté for a second or two. Add asafoetida powder, red chili, turmeric and chili powder. Add channa with cooking water and green chili. Mix well. Chickpea flour will thicken the cooking water and turn into gravy like consistency. Add jaggery or sugar, dhana jeeru and lemon juice or tamarind pulp. Let chana cook for 8 to 10 minutes until all the flavors come together. If gravy is too thick add some water. Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serve warm with any flat Indian bread or rice.
Notes
You can also add 1 clove of minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of minced ginger in this recipe. In that case omit jaggery or sugar.

 

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Dal

For vegetarians in India, dal (legumes) is a main source of protein. Varieties of dal is available through out India and each region has a unique way of preparing dal for a meal. The most common variety of dal used all over India is toover dal (split pigeon peas). It is usually served with rice.

Gujarati Dal

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This sweet and sour split pigeon peas soup is part of Gujarati thali (plate) and served almost everyday. The use of jaggery in dal is more common in Gujarat than any other region in India.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup oily or unoily toover dal (split pigeon peas), uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Small (golf ball size) piece of jaggary or 3 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon or to taste finely chopped or minced jalapeno or serrano chili
  • ½ teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish
For Vaghar (tempering):
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon asafetida
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves
  • 1 whole dry red chili (optional)
  • Pinch of red chili powder (optional)
Directions
  1. Wash split pigeon peas few times. For oily dal make sure all the oil is washed off. Soak in about 1 ½ cups of water for 1 to 2 hours or until peas are soft in a medium size soup pot. (Soaking is optional but it will reduce cooking time).
  2. Add diced tomato. Cover with a lid and cook it with water on a medium heat until peas are very soft, about one hour. Once the dal is cooked, take off the heat.
  3. Add ½ cup of water and mix it with a whisk or an immersion blender until it has a consistency of slightly thick soup.
  4. Start heating the dal on medium heat. Add salt, jaggary, turmeric, dhana-jeeru, green chili and ginger. Stir dal and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on low heat or a simmer burner.
  5. To cook dal in instant pot: Wash and soak dal in instant pot container. Set instant pot on pressure cook setting and cook dal for 20 minutes (for unsoaked dal increase time to 30 minutes). Once dal is cooked, release steam and follow step 3. Next, set instant pot to sauté and follow step 4. Reduce simmer time to 5 minutes.
  6. In a separate small sauce or frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat until shimmering. Add fenugreek seeds and let them sizzle. Lower the heat, add mustard and cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida, curry leaves, red chili and chili powder. Pour oil with spices over dal. Mix it with dal, add lemon juice and let it simmer for two to three minutes. Garnish with cilantro before serving. Serve warm along with meal of Indian flat bread and vegetable, and over rice.
Notes
You can follow this same recipe for whole and split mung beans, split lentils and black-eyed peas mix with split pigeon peas. Do not use mustard and fenugreek seeds, instead, use only 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds.

Lachko Mag Ni Dal

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This type of dal (lachko) is often served with Kathi (yogurt and chickpea flour soup) in Gujarati Thali. It is thicker than soup like dal often served with a meal.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup mung dal (without skin)
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • ¾ teaspoons turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water as needed
Directions
  1. Pick through mung dal and rinse it.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida, turmeric and chili powder. Add 1 ½ cups of water, rinsed dal and season with salt. Stir everything. Partially cover the pot and let it come to boil. Once it comes to boil, uncover the pot and let dal cook until the foam on top subsides, about 7 minutes. Cover the pot and let dal cook for another two minutes or until tender.
  3. Serve warm with Paratha or Rotali or over rice with Kathi.

 

 

Tarka Dal

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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked masoor dal (split red lentils)
  • 1 medium size tomato, finely diced
  • ½ jalapeno chili or serrano chili, finely minced (optional)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dhana jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups of water
For Tarka (tempering):
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ medium size yellow or red onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2-3 dry red chili
  • Pinch of red chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon garam masala
Directions
  1. Rinse dal and transfer to medium size soup pot. Add 1 ½ cups of water and let dal soak for 30 to 40 minutes. (Soaking is optional but it will speed up cooking).
  2. Add tomato, cover the pot with a lid, and cook dal for about 45 minutes or until dal is cooked.
  3. After dal is cooked, start heating dal on a medium heat. Add salt, turmeric, and dhana jeeru, green chili and ginger. Mix well. Let dal simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. In a separate small sauce or frying pan, heat oil on a medium heat until shimmering. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add garlic, onion, garam masala and sauté them until onion is light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add whole chili and chili powder and sauté it for one minute and pour everything on top of the dal. Stir the dal and let it simmer for one minute. Add lemon juice and let it simmer for two more minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve over rice or as a soup.
  5. To cook dal in instant pot: Follow step one. Set instant pot on sauté setting for 20 minutes. Heat oil until shimmering. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add garlic, onion, green chili, garam masala and sauté them until onion is light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add whole chili and chili powder and sauté it for one minute. Add tomato and ginger and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour dal over Tarka and add salt, turmeric, dhana-jeeru and lemon juice. Add ½ cup water. Set instant pot to pressure cooker setting and cook dal for 20 minutes. (for unsoaked dal increase time to 30 minutes). Release steam and set instant pot to sauté setting for 10 minutes. (Optional: Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in small frying pan or soup pot until shimmering. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add pinch of chili powder and pour over dal. This will enhances flavor of dal). Garnish with cilantro and serve over rice or as a soup.

 
Sambhar

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Sambhar is a staple of South Indian cuisine. It is served with variety of dishes like idali (steamed rice cakes), Dosa (crepes of dal and rice), Medu Vada (dal fritters) and Uttapam (rice and dal pancakes with vegetables).
Ingredients
  • 1 cup toover dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables like eggplant, zucchini and carrot, diced
  • 5 to 6 pieces of sargavo (drum sticks), See Note.
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • 2 teaspoons sambhar masala, See Note.
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste or 2 tablespoons lemon juice
For Tarka:
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 tablespoon urad dal (optional)
  • 12-15 curry leaves
  • 1 small yellow or red onion, ¼ inch diced
  • 1-2 dry red chilies (optional)
Directions
  1. Wash split pigeon peas few times. For oily dal make sure all the oil is washed off. Soak dal in about 2 cups of water for 1 to 2 hours or until peas are soft in a medium size soup pot. (Soaking is optional).
  2. Add diced tomato. Cover with a lid and cook it with water on a medium heat until peas are very soft, about one hour. Once the dal is cooked, take off the heat.
  3. Add ½ cup of water and mix it with a whisk or an immersion blender until it has a consistency of slightly thick soup.
  4. Start heating the dal on medium heat. Add salt, turmeric, dhana-jeeru and sambhar masala. Add mixed vegetables and drum sticks. Stir dal and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on low heat or a simmer burner. Next, follow step 6.
  5. To cook sambhar in instant pot: Wash split pigeon peas few times. For oily dal make sure all the oil is washed off. Soak dal in about 2 cups of water for 1 to 2 hours or until peas are soft in a medium size soup pot. (soaking is optional but it will speed up cooking process). Add diced tomatoes. Set instant pot to pressure cooker setting and cook dal for 20 minutes. (for unsoaked dal increase time to 30 minutes). Once dal is cooked, release steam and follow step 3. Next, set instant pot to sauté for 15 minutes and follow step 4. Reduce simmer time to 10 minutes. Next, follow step 6.
  6. For Tarka: In a separate small sauce or frying pan, heat oil on medium high heat until shimmering. Add fenugreek seeds and let them sizzle. Add urad dal and sauté until light brown. Lower the heat, add mustard and cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add asafetida, curry leaves, red chili and chili powder. Pour oil with everything over sambhar. Mix it with sambhar, add lemon juice or tamarind pulp and let it simmer for two to three minutes. Garnish with cilantro before serving.
Notes
You can get sambhar masala and also mixed vegetables which includes drum sticks for making sambhar in frozen section in Indian grocery store.

 
Bengali Dal

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In Bengal (Eastern part of Indian), Panch Poran (five spices) is widely used in recipes.The combination of five spices gives unique flavor.
Ingredients
Panch Poran: (five spice mixture)
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon nigella seeds
Dal:
  • ¾ cup uncooked masoor dal (split red lentils)
  • 1 medium size tomato or ¼ cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ medium size yellow or red onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro, for garnish
For Tarka (tempering):
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
Directions
  1. Rinse dal and add 1 ½ cups of water and let dal soak for 30 to 40 minutes in a mixing bowl. (Soaking is optional but it will speed up cooking).
  2. Combine spices of panch poran in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Roughly cut tomato and make a puree either in food processor or with hand blender with ½ a cup of water. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Omit this step if you are using tomato puree.
  4. Heat oil in a medium size soup pot until shimmering. Add panch poran and let seeds sizzle. Add onion and sauté until light golden brown. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add dal with water, season with salt and turmeric. Stir dal to combine with spices. Cover the pot with a lid, and cook for about 45 minutes or until dal is cooked. Stir dal occasionally so it does not boil over.
  5. After dal is cooked, start heating dal on a medium heat. Pass fresh tomato puree through a sieve. Add fresh puree or puree to dal. Let dal simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Make tarka: In a separate small sauce or frying pan, heat oil on a medium heat until shimmering. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Pour tarka on top of the dal. Stir the dal and let it simmer for one minute. Garnish with cilantro and serve over rice or as a soup.
  7. To cook dal in instant pot: Follow step one to three. Set instant pot on sauté setting for 20 minutes. Heat oil until shimmering. Add panch poran and let all seeds sizzle. Add onion and sauté until onion is light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté it for 30 seconds. Add dal along with water, season with salt and turmeric. Pass fresh tomato puree through a sieve. Add fresh puree or puree to dal. Set instant pot to pressure cooker setting and cook dal for 20 minutes. (for unsoaked dal increase time to 30 minutes). Release steam and again set instant pot to sauté setting. While dal is simmering to prepare tarka, follow step 6.

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Kadhi

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(Yogurt and Chickpea Flour Soup) Even though this recipe does not have any legumes or grains, it is in this section because it is eaten in place of Dal. It is quintessential Gujarati recipe.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup yogurt (not Greek)
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons sugar or to taste, depending on sourness of yogurt
  • ½ japapeno or serrano chili, finely chopped or minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped or minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro, for garnish
For Vaghar:
  • 2 teaspoons Ghee (clarified butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • Pinch of red chili powder (optional)
  • 1 red dry chili (optional)
  • 5 to 6 fresh curry leaves
Directions
  1. Mix yogurt and chickpea flour into a medium pot with a whisk. Add water while mixing until it has consistency of thin soup. Add next four ingredients. Cook it on a medium heat until it starts to boil over, stirring constantly. Watch it while it cooks otherwise yogurt and water will separate or it will boil over.
  2. Lower the heat and in a separate small soup pot, heat ghee on a medium heat until it shimmers, one minute. Add fenugreek seeds and let them sizzle. Lower the heat and add cumin seeds and let them sizzle. Add all the remaining ingredients. Pour ghee over kadhi and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm over rice or vegetable pulao.

 

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