khatti dal – posting yet another dal recipe… this time from hyderabadi cuisine. this khatti dal is a popular lentil recipe made from split pigeon peas or arhar dal.
the word ‘khatti‘ translates to ‘sour’ in english. so the exact translation of ‘khatti dal‘ will be ‘sour lentils’. although the dal has sour taste but it is delicious and thats why i am posting it on the blog.
the dal is cooked first till the desired consistency and then tempered. the sourness comes from the tamarind. so you have a creamy, smooth, flavorful and sour dal.
by the way, one of my most popular recipe on the blog, is also from hyderabadi cuisine and that is hyderabadi veg biryani. i thought to mention it here so that you can have a look at this tried and tested vegetable biryani recipe
this khatti dal goes well with basmati rice, jeera rice, chappati or rotis. the dal recipe has been adapted from the cook book – Dastarkhan-E-Moghlai – 101 Easy to Cook Hyderabadi Recipes by Geeta Devi (India | US) .
an interesting tale when i was on the lookout for this dal recipe. two well known indian chefs have also the same recipe with the same ingredients and almost exact proportions, as the one taken from the above book… and none of them have given credit.
now the book by geeta devi is an original one… that much i know. as some rare recipes are there too. both vegetarian and non vegetarian hyderabadi delicacies are in the book. a must buy if you are a lover of hyderabadi cuisine.
khatti dal recipe details below:
- 1 cup arhar dal or split pigeon pea lentils
- 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking the lentils
- 1 medium tomato
- ½ inch ginger, finely chopped or grated
- 2 garlic, grated or crushed
- a pinch of turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp seedless tamarind soaked in ½ cup water for 30 mins
- 2-3 green chilies, chopped or slit – add as required depending on the hotness of the chilies
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ¾ to 1 cup later to be added later or as required
- salt as required
- 3 to 4 tbsp oil or ghee
- 2-3 dry red chilies, kept whole or broken & deseeded – add as required
- 6-8 garlic, finely chopped
- 12-15 curry leaves
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- a pinch of asafoetida
- rinse the dal well.
- pressure cook the dal with the tomatoes, garlic, ginger and a pinch of turmeric powder, 2.5 cups water for 7-8 whistles or more till the lentils are cooked and mushy.
- squeeze the pulp from the tamarind directly into its bowl of water.
- when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid.
- mash the dal with a madani, wooden spoon or hand blender till smooth.
- strain the tamarind pulp and add to the dal.
- also add the green chilies, turmeric, red chili and coriander powder.
- stir in the ¾ or 1 cup water along with salt.
- keep the dal on a low flame and simmer for 8-10 minutes till the raw aroma of the tamarind goes away and the all the flavors have blended well and the dal has reached a medium consistency.
- cover and keep the cooked dal aside.
- heat oil in a small frying pan.
- crackle the cumin seeds first.
- then add the garlic and fry for 4-5 seconds.
- add the dry red chilies, curry leaves and asafoetida.
- fry till the red chilies change their color and the curry leaves become crisp.
- pour this tempering and stir.
- cover and keep aside the khatti dal for 5-6 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
- serve khatti dal with steamed basmati rice or jeera rice or roti.