Tomato dal/lentil

 

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Tomato dal/lentil

Hi friends! Here is a very delicious recipe of tomato dal /or tomato pappu fro Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh is generally known for its tangy, hot and spicy taste, the cooking is very diverse due to the vast spread of the people and varied topological regions. Tomato dal /or tomato pappu is one of the most cooked lentil/dal/pappu varieties in Andhra cuisine. It is usually cooked with tuvar / toor dal, though it varies on individual’s choice. Dal is cooked with tomato till well blended and then seasoned with ghee or oil.

Course : Main

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Time: 15 minutes Cooking time

Total Time: 35 minutes

Cuisine: India, Andhra Pradesh

Servings: 4

Tomato dal or tomato pappu – andhra style tomato dal where pigeon pea lentils are cooked with tomatoes and other spices-herbs. slightly tangy and a flavorful dal best had with steamed rice.

Ingredients :

  • 1 tea cup Tuar dal/arhar dal/ pigeon pea lentil
  • 1 small onion or ½ cup finely chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes ,finely chopped
  • 2 Green chilies ,length wise slit and deseeded
  • 2sprigs curry leaves /kadi patta
  • 6-9 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1tsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of asafetida /hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil /ghee
  • 11/4 tsp salt /as per taste
  • 1tsp Tamarind pulp

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and clean the Tuar/arhar dal /pigeon pea lentil and soak for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker heat cooking oil or ghee add the mustard seeds, as they start crackling add curry leaves, asafetida/Hing.

Step 3.

When asafetida/Hing turns light pink add the onions, and green chilies, sauté the onions till translucent. Add the grated ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute or so on low flame.

Step 4.

Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, and salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.

Step 5.

Add the lentil with the water it was soaked in, close the lid and pressure cook on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed reduce the heat to low flame. Cook for 20 minutes then switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, remove the lid.

Step 7.

Add Tamarind pulp, mix and bring the cooked dal/ lentil to a boil, reduce the heat to low flame, stir well. Cook the dal/lentil for 8-10 minutes on a low . Switch off the stove.

Step 8.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Step 9.

Serve tomato dal/lentil hot with boiled white rice, lemon pickle, fried chilies, pachadi and papadams.

Health Benefits of Tuar/arhar dal /pigeon pea lentil :

1.Toor dal is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, which your body needs for energy.Legumes such as toor dal contain complex carbohydrates, which are recommended because of their increased nutritional value.

2.It provides many of the nutrients your body needs, such as protein, fat,fiber and carbohydrates.It is very nice source of protein in Indian Cooking specially Vegetarian.

3.It also has a good amount of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.

4.It is high in dietary fibre, low in saturated fat, and cholesterol free.

5.Toor dal contains folic acid, an important vitamin for all women especially those planning to become pregnant.

6.It cures cough, poisoning effect, gas troubles, acidity, stomach pain and piles.

Ref.http://healthytips-foryou.blogspot.in/2014/11/health-benefits-of-tuvar-dal.html

How to Use Tuvar Dal ?

1.Tuvar Dal can be used as soaked in water for 1-2 hours or cooked with water in pressure cooker for 10 minutes.

2.Cooked Tuvar Dal combined with Indian spices is generally served with roti and rice.

3.Tuvar Dal can be cooked with rice with some spices, generally known as , Turichi Khichdi in Maharashtra or Tuvar Dal Ni Kichadi in Gujarat, considered as complete protein diet.

4.Southe Indian Dish, Sambhar, made from Tuvar Dal is very famous accompaniment for Idli and Dosa.

5.Dal Bati in Rajasthan is very famous for its taste and as a traditional food. The dal is always made from Tuvar dal or sometimes mixed with other Dals.

 How to Store Tuvar Dal?

1.Tuvar Dal can be stored for long time like 1 year.

2.It can be stored in covered bin or airtight container, in cool and dry place.

3.Add some Bay leaves or dry red chilies to Dal to keep infestation at bay.

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Rasam / Spicy Soup

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Rasam / Spicy Soup

Rasam, chaaru, saaru or kabir is a South Indian soup traditionally prepared using tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings. Steamed lentils can be added along with any preferred vegetables.

Hi friends ! Rasam is a thin, very spicy southern Indian soup served with other dishes, typically as a drink. In this recipe I have made Rasam with lentil and tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Pigeon pea lentil / toor dal
  • 4 small tomatoes / 1 cup cut tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 small marble size tamarind
  • 1 tsp level Salt/ or to tasteRasam powder / Rasam powder:

2 tsp Rasam powder, I used MTR Rasam powder

OR

  • 1tsp peppercorns / or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder

Tempering :

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seed / jeera
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro / coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the tamarind in hot water for ten minutes and extract the pulp.

Step 2.
In a pressure cooker take cleaned and washed Pigeon pea lentil / toor dal , add chopped tomatoes and tamarind extract , two cups of water, and salt. Place the cooker on high flame, when full pressure is formed reduce to low flame for fifteen minutes.

Step 3.

Let the pressure cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid. Remove the cooked contents in a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Remove in a mixing bowl and keep aside.

Step 4.

If preparing Rasam powder , roast lightly peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, red chili powder, cool and grind into fine powder. Keep aside.

Step 5.

In a sauce pan heat oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seed / jeera, when it crackles,
add the curry leaves, and crushed garlic. Sauté for few seconds.
Step 6.

Add the cooked dal and tomato water to t the seasoning add Rasam powder. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and let it boil for 7-8 minutes on a low flame. Add finely chopped Cilantro /coriander leaves, serve hot with south Indian papadams.
Note :

  • All the ingredients required for home made Rasam powder are combined and ground beforehand into rasam powder and can be stored .
  • Nowadays, Rasam powder which is available commercially are good and time savers.
  • Rasam can be served with rice in a traditional meal . It is served with a sambar, fried vegetables, rice course and is followed by curd rice or separately as a spicy soup.
  • Rasam is both, delicious and healthy. Include it in your diet for many health benefits.

Health benefits of rasam:

The benefits of rasam come from its major ingredients – tamarind, tomato, and black pepper.

  1. Prevents constipation

Rasam contains tamarind that is rich in dietary fibre or non-starch polysaccharides, such as mucilage, pectin, hemicellulose, tannin and gums. It adds bulk to food and eases bowel movement. Thus, easing constipation.

  1. Has antioxidative action

The ingredients in rasam, especially tamarind, are rich in antioxidants. Thus, it protects the body against attack of free radicals. The skin remains young, supple, and healthy.

  1. Good for convalescing patients

The nutritious properties of rasam and its fluid consistency make it an ideal food for convalescing patients. By adding lentils and vegetables, the protein and nutrient value of rasam can be increased.

  1. Good for pregnant women

Pregnant women will also find rasam to be a good meal that will give them essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and proteins. It is also easy to digest and keeps the intestines working properly.

  1. Good for introducing baby to solid food

Babies can be introduced to rasam as their first solid food because it is easily digestible as well as tasty. Semi-solid food is the best type of food for a baby who has recently been weaned off mother’s milk.

  1. Rich in vitamins

Rasam is rich in essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, and riboflavin. Some of these vitamins act as antioxidants as well, keeping the body healthy.

  1. Contains a wealth of minerals

Being a fairly good source of minerals, rasam is an ideal food for people to include in a balanced diet. Potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper and magnesium are the minerals provided by a serving of this delicious food.

  1. Helps lose weight

The black pepper content of rasam is what helps the body lose weight. It promotes removal of toxins by making the body sweat and produce more urine. Thus, the body’s metabolism is kept working properly.

  1. Helps keep cancer at bay

Regular consumption of rasam may help keep cancer away. Black pepper present in rasam contains a substance called piperine. This substance has been found to have an inhibitory effect on cancerous cells, along with curcumin found in turmeric.

  1. Encourages digestion

Rasam plays the primary role of promoting digestion. Its black pepper content ensures that the stomach is signaled to produce more acid. This helps digest food, such as proteins better, and prevents flatulence, indigestion, gas, constipation, acidity and diarrhea.

Making healthy meals does not have to be time-consuming or unpalatable. Rasam is one of the best foods to be eaten when planning a balanced meal. Partake of this dish and revel in its delicious taste!

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/10-health-benefits-of-rasam/

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Panchmel dal

 

Panch Dal panchmel dal or panchratna dal

Hi friends! Panch / 5 lentils/dals are used in the original panchmel dal recipe it is also known as panchratna dal. The word panch means five. It is a highly nutritious, delicious dal recipe. The five lentils / dals are:

  • Bengal gram dal/chana dal
  • black gram husked/ urad dal
  • green gram husked / moong dal
  • pigeon peas spilt, husked / arhar/ tur dal
  • Pink lentil / Masoor dal

Recipe type: main

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup bengal gramdal / chana dal
  • 1/4 cup green gram husked / moong dal
  • 1/4 cup pink lentil / masoor dal
  • 1/4 Pigeon peas spilt, husked / arhar dal / tur dal
  • 1/4 cup Black gram dal husked /urad dal
  • 4 cups water for pressure cooking the dals
  • 2 cloves /laung
  • 2 green Cardamoms
  • 1 tsp ginger , finely grated
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp asafetida powder/hing
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp salt or / salt as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash well and soak all the dals  in water for thirty minutes. In a pressure cooker take a table spoon of oil, heat it and add cumin seed. When the seeds start cracking add asafetida fry it for few seconds till asafetida turns light pink in colour.

Step 2.

Add the dals, turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and ginger in the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment pressure is formed switch off the stove. Let it cool to room temperature.

Step 3.

Open the lid of the pressure cooker, if the dal mixture looks a bit thick, then add some water slowly and stir to get a thick pouring consistency in the dal.

Step 4.

Take another pan, heat  ghee, add the cloves, green cardamoms, garam masala powder and crushed garlic.Fry them till they are fragrant.

Step 5.

Now add this fried tempering mixture to the dal, mix well. Simmer the dal for 10 minutes or so that the flavours of the spices blends well with the lentils.

Step 6.

Serve hot, garnish the dal with coriander leaves. Panchmel dal  goes very well with tandoori rotis ( Indian bread baked in clay onen), rice dishes.

Good points of mixed dals / lentils:

Health Benefits:

This recipe for Mixed Dal is very tasty and it gives energy. It is also very nourishing due to its high protein and brings deep nourishment to the tissues (dhatu).

Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. It is hard to find an Indian household that does not stock up different types dals. As dals have to prepared on a daily basis, we need to have a lot of dals on board to maintain the variety. Besides dals are types of pulses that have many nutritional values. The health benefits of dals in general is that they are very rich in proteins. As many Indians are vegetarians, these different types of pulses provide them with main source of vegan proteins. That is why, all the different types of dals are very important for the typical Indian diet. Apart from the general health benefits of dals, each type of dal has its own set of nutritional values. So it is advisable to have a mix of all these dals in your diet. Some types of dals are healthier when compared to others. For example, the black gram dal and moong dal are hailed has the healthiest among the dals. Others like masoor dal have health benefits too but they also have some side effects. For example, masoor dal raises your uric acid levels so you must limit its consumption. So here are some types of dals and their exclusive health benefits.
Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is one of the richest vegan source of dietary proteins. It is also rich in trace minerals like copper, manganese etc. Having this dal helps keep diabetes at bay.

Moong dal is a dieter friendly dal. This type of dal has minimal calorie and is a rich source of iron and potassium.

Masoor dal is very good for people suffering from bile reflux, and it also improves the blood circulation in the body.
Urad Dal If its proteins you want from your meal, then opt for urad dal. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Toor Dal is one of the most popular dals eaten in India. This dal has immense amounts of complex dietary fibres that helps to regularize bowel movements.

 

Read more at: http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2013/ten-types-of-dals-their-health-benefits-035300.html#slide20026

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