parsi dal recipe – dhan dar recipe, how to make parsi dal recipe

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dhan dar recipe - traditional parsi dal recipe served with rice and patio
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parsi dal or dhan dar recipe with step by step photos. parsi dal is a traditional parsi dish often called as dhan dar patiothe word ‘dhan’ translates to ‘rice’ and ‘dar’ means ‘dal’. patio is a fish or prawn preparation that is served with dhan dar.

dhan dal or parsi dal with brown rice

so you must be wondering where is the vegetarian version of the patio. actually, i wanted to serve this dal with patio but could not make it as my grinder is broken and preparation of patio needs grinding of the spices.

so instead of serving the parsi dal with plain steamed rice, i made parsi brown rice. this is my third post on parsi cuisine after the veg dhansak recipe and parsi brown rice. and yes, i will post the patio recipe also.

this dhan dal recipe is simple and yet flavorful. in fact so good with minimal spices, that you can even have this as a dal soup.

there is a slight inherent sweet taste from the arhar dal/pigeon pea lentils itself. the dal is spiced with a lot of garlic, cumin and green chilies. garnishing with fried onions also lend again a slight sweet taste and texture to the smoothness of the dal.

this parsi dal recipe is adapted from the pocket book i have on parsi cuisine. i don’t know how authentic the recipe is. but we liked this dal and hence i am sharing the recipe. it has become a family favorite now.

if you are looking for more regional indian dal recipes then do check dal tadka, moong dal, easy masoor dalchana dalwhole green moong dal, dal makhani and palak dal recipe.

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parsi dal or dhan dal recipe

dhan dar recipe - traditional parsi dal recipe served with rice and patio
course main course
cuisine parsi
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 2 -3
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for pressure cooking the dal:

  • 1 cup arhar dal (tuvar dal)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2.5 cups water

for tempering parsi dal:

  • ½ or ⅔ tablespoon garlic, chopped (lahsun)
  • 2 green chilies, kept whole (hari mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or cumin powder (jeera or jeera powder)
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon oil

for garnish:

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying the onion slices

other ingredients:

  • ¾ cup water to be added later. you can add water as required.

how to make recipe

pressure cooking dal and frying onions:

  1. pick and rinse the arhar dal well.

  2. in a pressure cooker, add the dal, turmeric powder and water.
  3. first pressure cook on a high flame till the first whistle and then lower the flame and pressure cook for 4-5 minutes more.
  4. when the dal is getting cooked, you can chop the garlic.
  5. also heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small frying pan.

  6. add the sliced onions and a pinch of salt.
  7. fry the onions till they are browned and crisp. drain on kitchen paper towels and keep aside.

  8. once the pressure settles down on its own in the pressure cooker, mash the dal with a wired whisk.
  9. add about ¾ cup water or more in the dal, till you get a medium consistency of the dal.

  10. stir and keep the pressure cooker on the fire for the dal to simmer.

making tempering for parsi dal:

  1. in a small pan, heat 2 tablespoon oil.

  2. add the cumin powder, garlic, green chilies and salt. (if adding cumin, then first crackle the cumin and then add the garlic and green chilies)

  3. fry till the garlic gets browned.

  4. stir the tempering for uniform browning

  5. pour the tempering mixture in the dal.

  6. cover the cooker with the lid and switch off the flame.

  7. let the flavors of the tempering infuse in the parsi dal. stir after 5 minutes.

  8. check the seasoning and add more salt if required.

  9. garnish parsi dal with the fried onions.

  10. serve the parsi dal with steamed rice and patio.

how to make parsi dal or dhan dar recipe:

1. pick and rinse 1 cup arhar dal or tuvar dal well in water.

parsi dal recipe

2. in a pressure cooker, add the rinsed arhar dal. also add 2.5 cups water and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi).

parsi dal recipe

3. first pressure cook on a high flame till the first whistle and then lower the flame and pressure cook dal for 4 to 5 minutes more.

parsi dal recipe

4. when the dal is getting cooked, you can chop the garlic and slice the onion. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for the parsi dal.

parsi dal recipe

5. heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small frying pan.

parsi dal recipe

6. add 1 thinly sliced small onion and a pinch of salt.

parsi dal recipe

7. stir well.

parsi dal recipe

8. fry the onions till they are browned and crisp.

parsi dal recipe

9. drain on kitchen paper towels and keep aside.

parsi dal recipe

10. once the pressure settles down on its own in the pressure cooker, open the lid.

parsi dal recipe

11. mash the dal with a wired whisk or wooden spoon.

parsi dal recipe

12. add about ¾ cup water or more in the dal, till you get a medium consistency of the dal.

parsi dal recipe

13. stir and keep the pressure cooker on the fire for the dal to simmer.

parsi dal recipe

making tempering for parsi dal:

14. in a small pan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or cumin powder. if adding cumin, then first crackle the cumin and then add the garlic and green chilies.

parsi dal recipe

15. then add ½ or ⅔  tablespoon chopped garlic (lahsun) and 2 whole green chilies.

parsi dal recipe

16. add salt as required.

parsi dal recipe

17. fry till the garlic gets browned. stir the tempering for uniform browning.

parsi dal recipe

18. pour the tempering mixture in the dal.

parsi dal recipe

19. stir very well.

parsi dal recipe

20. cover the pressure cooker with the lid and switch off the flame.

parsi dal recipe

21. let the flavors of the tempering infuse in the parsi dal.

parsi dal recipe

22. stir after 5 minutes. check the seasoning and add more salt if required. garnish parsi dal with the fried onions.

parsi dal recipe

23. serve the parsi dal with steamed rice and patio.

dhan dal, parsi dal

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. extremely wonderful recipe

    • thanks malobika