Dal is cooked almost everyday is most Indian homes. If you ask me what is my comfort food, my answer is steaming hot rice with ghee and dal, a fried curry preferably potato curry as an accompaniment. It is a dish which can comfort me all year round. Today we will learn how to cook dal (toor dal or arhar dal). This post is only for beginners who are cooking dal for the first time.
1.Cooking dal perfectly is very important, if you want your sambar or rasam or dal fry or any dishes prepared with dal to be tasty. If the dal is not cooked to a mush and is hard or not properly cooked, then the dish will not turn out well.
2.The quality of the dal is very important. Some varieties of dal do not get cooked to a mush, in that case, soaking dal in hot water for 15-20 minutes ensures faster cooking.
3.The best way to cook dal is by using a pressure cooker as it is not only economical but also saves a lot for time and fuel.
4.The dal should be cooked in such a way, that it should be creamy or mushy.
How to Cook Dal
Tur dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Wash dal well, add water in the ratio 1:3. For 1/2 cups of dal, add 1 1/2 cups of water.
Add turmeric powder and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Mash it well and add salt to taste.(Some varieties of dal do not get cooked to a mush, in that case, soak dal in hot water for 15-20 minutes).
Paruppu Sadam/Dal rice (Tamil Style)
Many are not aware of this simple dish. So I wanted to post this. For this, no seasoning is required. Just mix dal (paruppu) with steaming hot rice and a tsp of ghee (picture above). Enjoy it with any vegetable curry. I made lauki curry. Simply heaven!
Dal Tadka Recipe
Cook dal in the same method as above, then do the seasoning or tadka.
Heat ghee, add mustard seeds, when it splutter, add jeera seeds and the rest of the ingredients mentioned under "ingredients needed" above.
Saute till small onion changes color, then pour it over the dal. Add salt to taste.
Tips - Adding 1/2 a tsp of gingerly oil to the dal prevents it from frothing while cooking.
Dal recipes which you must not miss. I have given only a few here. Find more in the Dal category.
Dal Recipe (with onion, tomatoes and garlic)
Kerala Parippu Curry
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