panchmel dal recipe
dal panchmel recipe - famous rajasthani panchratna dal made from five lentils.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 3 to 4
total 1 cup lentils consisting equal amounts of
- bengal gram dal (chana dal)
- green gram dal (moong dal)
- pink lentils (masoor dal)
- pigeon peas spilt and skinned (tuvar dal or arhar dal)
- black gram (urad dal)
other ingredients for panchmel dal
- 3 to 4 cups water for pressure cooking the dals
- 2 small cardamom (choti elaichi)
- 2 cloves (lavang)
- 1 green chilli, crushed
- 2 to 3 red chillies, broken
- ½ inch ginger (adrak), crushed
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
- ¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons oil or ghee
- salt as required
pressure cooking dals
rinse all the dals for a couple of times in water.
then soak the dals in water for 30 to 45 mins. after 30 to 45 minutes drain all the water.
pressure cook the dals for 4 to 5 whistles or till they are completely cooked.
mash the cooked dal lightly.
if the dal mixture look thick, then add some water and stir to get a medium consistency in the dal.
making panchmel dal
in another pan, heat oil or ghee. add cumin seeds. let them splutter. then add the cloves, cardamoms, broken red chilies.
fry till the red chilies change color. add the crushed ginger and green chilly. fry them till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.
add the chopped tomatoes, asafoetida, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.
fry the masala well on a low flame till the tomatoes become soft and mushy. the oil or ghee will also separate.
now add this fried tempering mixture to the dal. mix well.
simmer the panchmel dal for 10 minutes so that the flavors of the spices infuse well with the lentils.
add salt and mix well.
garnish panchmel dal with coriander leaves. this part is optional.
while serving, you can top the dal panchmel with 1 to 2 teaspoons ghee in the serving bowl.
serve panchmel dal with rotis, rice, jeera rice or dal bati – a famous and unique rajasthani recipe made from wheat flour.