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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Urad Dal/Husked Black Gram Vada

Husked Black Gram lentil-Hindi Name: Dhuli Urad:

Husked Black gram is popularly sold as white lentil in the market. It is obtained by removing the skin of black gram. They are small black and narrow lentils somewhat cylindrical in shape. Since it is made from black gram it is only cultivated in India and is commonly used in Indian cooking. Also called as urad, it is also very popular in Punjabi cuisine of India.

Hi friends!Urad dal Vada is a popular breakfast or snack dish in south India. The delicious vadas are served with sambar and coconut chutney.

Soaking the dal :  45-50 minutes

Cook time: 45 mins

Recipe type: breakfast, snacks

Cuisine: south Indian/ North Indian

Gives: 8-10 vadas

Ingredients :

  • 1 cups urad dal/ husked black gram (soaked for 45 minutes)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup water if needed to make the batter

Method:

Step 1.

Soak the urad dal for at least 4o -50 minutes .(can soak dal overnight also). Drain and grind the urad dal to a smooth batter.

Step 2.

In the grinder jar, some water needs to be added. Try and add very little water. The batter should become fluffy, thick.

Step 3.

Add salt, cumin seed. Mix well.

Step 4.

Heat oil for frying the vadas. Take a empty bowl cover it with a hanky size muslin cloth. Gather and hold the cloth tightly under the bowl such as the cloth is stretched tightly on the bowl. Keep a small bowl of water next to you. Apply some water from the bowl the stretched cloth as well as your hand.

Step 5.

Since you are holding the stretched cloth bowl in your left hand, take some batter in your right hand from the bowl put it on the stretched cloth and pat the batter gently to give it a round shape, making a hole in the center with your index finger ( with the hole in the center, vadas will be cooked well from inside and not leave a wet core! you can also use polythene zip lock bags to give the vada shape).

Step 6.

Gently slid the vada in to the oil. The oil should be not very hot, frying is done on medium flame.(very hot oil will quickly make the vadas brown from outside but they will remain uncooked from inside. )

Step 7.

Fry all the vadas this way till they are fried evenly brown and crisp. Drain vadas on paper kitchen towel to remove excess oil.

Step 8.

Serve the vadas, hot with coconut chutney/ sambar.

Note: A tip to add a few drops of batter in a bowl of water. The batter drop should float, if they float and do not get dissolved, then that’s the right consistency. If the batter becomes watery, then quick control measure will be to add some semolina to the batter.

Health Benefits of Urad Dal/ Black gram lentil:

  • It is highly valued due to its numerous health benefits. For example, Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. If you are looking for a protein-friendly diet, then opt for urad dal.
  • This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B. Urad dal is also good for women as it has iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse.
  • For those who do not eat meat or fish, have black gram as it is rich in protein which is much required by the body. For strong bones and a healthy body, have urad dal.
  • Urad dal is also rich in fibre which makes it easy to digest.
  • Some types of dals are good for the heart as well. For example, urad dal benefits the health as it is good for the heart. Consuming urad dal helps to reduce cholesterol and improves cardiovascular health.

Ref.http://www.ipga.co.in/health-benefits-of-urad-daal

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.