Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Srilankan Coconut Dal | Blog Hop Wednesday



Dal in any form is hubby dear’s favorite. He can have dal with rice or roti for days together. Even when we go out for lunch or dinner he never fails to order some variety of dal. His favorite being the simple Dal fry.  I too am ok with it, since making a simple dal is always a breeze. And paired with some spicy potato curry and rice it does make a scrumptious and filling meal on a lazy day when you are not in mood to cook something elaborate.  

So when I saw this recipe at Swetha’s space I wanted to try it out. The result was a creamy and tasty dal with a blend of aromatic flavors. We had it with rotis and the dal tasted very different from the usual ones.  And I see myself making this regularly in future. You can find the original recipe here.

Serves: 3 to 4

Ingredients

1.       Red Lentils - 1/2 cup
2.       Onions/shallots/Sambar Onions - chopped - 1 big
3.       Garlic - 1-2 small cloves
4.       Curry Leaves a few sprigs
5.       Green Chillies - slit 2
6.       Turmeric Powder- a pinch
7.       Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
8.       Cumin seeds + Black Pepper crushed - 1 tsp
9.       Coconut Milk - ½ cup
10.   Lemon juice

Tempering 

1.       Vegetable Oil/Ghee
2.       Dried Red Chillies - 1-2 chopped
3.       Curry Leaves
4.       Onion finely chopped - 1-2 tbsp

Seasoning Spices

1.       Equal amounts of mustard, cumin and fennel seeds.


Method

Wash dal, and add chopped onions, garlic, slit green chilli, curry leaves, turmeric powder, freshly ground, cumin and black pepper powder, fenugreek seeds and required amount of water. Pressure cook this for 3 whistles. Once cooled, remove the dal and transfer it into a Kadai.

Place Kadai on heat, add coconut milk. (I used store bought and added ½ cup of thick coconut milk diluted with ½ cup water.) Add salt and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Heat a small frying pan, add a teaspoon of oil/ghee.  Add the dried red chillies and curry leaves. Once they turn crisp add the chopped onions and fry till they turn brown.  Finally add the mustard, cumin and fennel and when they splutter pour it over the dal. Mix well. Squeeze a dash of lemon juice and mix well. ( I used ½ of a lemon)



Yummy and tasty dal is ready to be served with rotis or rice.

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Sending this to Blog Hop Wednesdays and event started by Radhika and to MLAA hosted by Cathy and started by Susan.


41 comments:

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Coconut dal looks creamy and tasty...

Prathima Rao said...

yUmmm...Delicious & aromatic dal...
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Santosh Bangar said...

CREAMY DAL IS SUPER

Radhika said...

dal looks very inviting Kaveri. Glad you could join us.

Hari Chandana said...

Looks absolutely delicious.. Yummy :)
Indian Cuisine

Priya Sreeram said...

hearty & refreshing dal !

Nandini said...

It looks creamy and smooth! Makes a mild and filling meal!

Ruchik Randhap said...

Very interesting recipe, never heard of it before, looks lovely & I am definitely going to try it out :)

aipi said...

Nice variation from the regular dal ~ love the creamy texture n ingredients used!
USMasala

Saji said...

Truly a variation in dal!!!! Thx for sharing

mykitchentrials said...

haven't heard of dal and coconut milk combination before. looks very nice, may be i should give this a try :)

rajani

Harini said...

This is so cool!!

Rinku Naveen said...

Yummy delicious dal!

Pushpa said...

Dal looks delicious.

Kurryleaves said...

creamy and yummy dal

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

That sounds little different, but good one, I love coconut milk so, I am trying to imagine the taste in my mouth :)

Suja said...

Creamy and delicious dal..yum

Now Serving said...

kalakkal :) this coconut dal looks super yummy! this and potato roast - what say you :)

Sobha Shyam said...

interesting dal, looks delicious dear..

sangee vijay said...

sounds interesting and new to me...looks so creamy n delicious...

schmetterlingwords said...

Coconut Dal is really new to me. Sure to try sometime. Good presentation :)

Neha said...

This dal is so invting..

Vatsala. said...

Dal with coconut milk is new to me. bookmarked it.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Unique and Delicious recipe,luks gr8!

Gayathri NG said...

Different flavour taste..looks yummy and surlped..

SouthIndianHome said...

Coconut dhal looks yummy and delicious.Nice clicks

Swathi said...

coconut dal looksawesome.

Vidhya said...

My husband is also a dal lover,gotta try this yummy dal.

Priya said...

Dal looks absolutely inviting..

divya said...

look awesome. Excellent preparation.

Chitra said...

New to me.looks and sounds yummy :)

Mugdha said...

dal looks awesome...delicious, creamy and very tempting..:)

Uma said...

Simly superb Dear...nice to know this recipe.

Cheers,
Uma

Ramya said...

interesting dish...will try

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This is so so new to me! Wonderful recipe...

Mugdha said...

Plz stop by my blog as 3 awards r waiting for u...tc..enjoy..:)

Pavithra said...

Absolutely comforting and so so yummy :)

Suchi said...

coconut dal is new to me kaveri- but I loved the recipe, gotta try it out for sure!

Padhu said...

This is a new dish to me .Sounds so good

createwithmom said...

flavourful delicious creamy dal curry looks wonderful
I usually avoid the lemon juice
regards
Akheela
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MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Very new to me.Different and flavorful Dal preparation Dear.Nice recipe collections U have.Luvd going thru it.Thanks for inspiring me everday.

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