by Pallavi Purani

Gujarati Dal #GujaratiFood101

For about 26 years of my life, I have lived with the fear of Gujarati Dal.  I always thought that it is sweet and pale and full of  complex flavors. The restaurants where I had it a couple of times didnt help me get rid of it.

Soon after I got engaged in Feb 2011, my mother in law made me taste the most beautiful home made Gujarati Dal. It was spicy, sweet, salty and sour. It is a masterpiece.

Here it is for you to tantalize the taste buds.

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Gujarati Dal #GujaratiFood101
For about 26 years of my life, I have lived with the fear of Gujarati Dal.  I always thought that it is sweet and pale and full of  complex flavors. The restaurants where I had it a couple of times didnt help me get rid of it.
Course side dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
portion
Ingredients
Course side dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
portion
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Boil the soaked dal with turmeric, peanuts [Optional] and salt for 2 whistles on full flame and one whistle on medium flame.
  2. In a pan, heat ghee, add jeera.
  3. Add the boiled dal to it.
  4. Use hand blender to mash the dal a bit.
  5. Add the tomatoes and let it boil on a slow flame.
  6. Stir occasionally.
  7. Add jaggery.
  8. Once the froth on the dal is gone, it is ready to be served.
  9. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
  10. Taste to adjust the salt, Jaggery and lemon if need be.
  11. Serve with Rice or Bhakri.
Recipe Notes

You MUST beg someone to get it for you from Gujarat] However if you dont have this, use red chilly powder. [this is not the sambar masala from the south india. This one is used in Gujarat to make Achaars as well.



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