Top 5 dal recipes

by Sanjeev Kapoor

High in protein, gluten free, heart and diabetes friendly these energy boosting pulses are not just a delicious necessity in Indian meals but also a powerhouse of nutrition. Take a look at our top 5 favourite dal recipes that will turn even the dullest of meals into a lip-smacking one!

Methiche Varan

A simple Maharashtrian dal recipe is perfect for days when you want to spend less time in the kitchen and yet have a delicious nutritious meal. Cooked toor dal is tempered with ghee, cumin, asafetida and red chillies and finished off with finely chopped fenugreek leaves and fresh coconut. Have it along with a mound of bhaat, a dollop of toop and some fiery Maharashtrian thecha.

Dal Fry

An Indian meal without this delicious tadkewali dal is incomplete. Toor dal tempered with onions, garlic, red chilli powder and cumin seeds sautéed in plenty of ghee. Just the aroma of the tadka builds your appetite, so whether you are having it with rice, paranthas or simple chapattis you can be sure of a second helping of this spicy thick yellow dal.

Dal Makhani

This Punjabi special is made with rajma, sabut urad dal, onions, tomatoes and a healthy dose of whole and powdered spices, but the main ingredients are clearly butter and cream. The richness of the butter cuts through all the spice and turns what would have been a simple pulse curry into this rich creamy dal. Serve piping hot with paranthas.

Rajasthani Panchmel Dal

 This rich dal preparation from the dessert land of Rajasthan is made with a mix of 5 types of dals, hence the name. The dals are cooked with a select mix of powdered spices, cumin, tomatoes and red chillies and finished off with a generous sprinkling of fresh coriander. This dal preparation is meant to be thick and is best eaten with roti’s.

Cholar Dal

Simple to make and delicious to eat this one is a Bengali classic and is brilliant along with rice and maybe some bhaja. The recipe is made with a chana dal base cooked with whole spices like cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon, green chillies and a pinch of sugar to balance off the heat. Topped with crunchy slices of fried coconut and raisins, each bite of this dal is like a pleasant surprise for your taste buds.

With these delicious dal recipes all you need is some rice and a big appetite. Keep browsing through for more!

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.