Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vegetable Dhal

Combo of veggies and dhal- a complete food
I adapted this recipe from a TV show and the original name  is "Vegetable Salna".The cooking procedure is exactly same as sambar.I modified the recipe here and there to suit my need

  • Cut Vegetables - 1 1/2 cups (I used betroot,carrot,beans, capsicum) 
  • Peas - 1/4 cup (fresh or frozen)
  • Frozen Sweet Corn - 1/4 cup
  • Toor Dhal - 3/4 cup
Other Vegetables (Optinal)
  • Cauliflower - 10 florets
  • Capsicum - 1/2 (cut into cubes)
I mentioned these vegetables separately because if it is over cooked ie in cooker it becomes very mashy
  • Oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped tomatoes - 1 no
  • Chopped onions - 1 no
  • Grated Ginger - very little
Tamrind extract - 1 1/2 cups
Jaggery - a pinch
Sambar Powder - 11/2 teaspoons
Salt - as required
Besan flour - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped Curry leaves - 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped Coriander leaves - 2 tablespoons

Part 1
  • Pressure cook the items given under "Cooker" separately 
  • Drain water from veggies and keep it aside
  • Do not discard the drained water.Use it while mashing the dhal
If you are using cauliflower: 
  • Immerse the florets in hot water for 10 minutes.Discard this water
  • Separately cook cauliflower in 1 cup of water for 5-7 minutes
If you are using capsicum
  • In a kadai pour 1 teaspoon of oil, saute them and sprinkle little water.It should be 3/4th cooked 
 Part 2
  •  In a kadai heat oil and add mustard seeds.Let it splutter
  • Add jeera/ cumin seeds.Allow it to crackle
  • Now add ginger, onions and saute for 2 minutes in medium flame
  • Add tomatoes and fry for 3 minutes
Part 3
  • Pour in tamarind extract with pinch of  jaggery and allow it to boil for 5 minutes
  • Dissolve sambar powder in little water and add it to the above mixture
  • Cook till raw smell of sambar powder diffuses
  • Add salt at this stage and mix well
Part 4
  • Add cooked vegetables with 1/2 cup of water
  • After 2 minutes add mashed dhal.Mix well and leave for a minute
  • Dissolve besan in little water and add it to the above mixture
  • Switch off the stove after 2 minutes
Part 5
  • Garnish with chopped curry and coriander leaves

Serve with Phulkas / Pooris / Jeera Rice

Please Note:
The original recipe contains lemon juice but since tamarind is there I omitted lemon juice