Panchratna dal also known as panchmel dal is a classic North Indian dish prepared with 5 kinds of lentils/dal. The word "Panchratna" means Five Jewels which refers to the five different lentils or dal. This dish is rich in protein, very healthy and goes well with both rice and chapati. Today we will learn how to make Rajasthan special panchmel dal following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
What is Panchratna dal ? Panchratna Dal contains equal quantities of 5 lentils. Mix equal quantities of all the lentils given below and store it. Use as needed. I am going to share with you many recipes using this dal mixture/panchratna dal.
1.Tur Dal (arhar dal)
2.Split Bengal gram (chana dal)
3.Split Green gram (split moong)
4.Split Black gram/black lentils (Split black urad dal)
5.Split Red Lentils (Masoor dal )
Wash and soak dal for 2 hours in water.
Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder and 1 1/2 cup of water for 4 whistles. Once pressure subsides, open the cooker and mash the dal.
Grind ginger and green chilli to a paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add cloves, red chillies, hing and curry leaves.
Add ginger-chilli paste and saute for a few minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt needed.
Cook until tomatoes become mushy and oil oozes out.
Once the tomato is cooked well, add the cooked panchratna dal, 1/2 cup of water and cook on medium heat until the dal gets blended well with the tomato mixture.
Add garam masala powder, mix and cook simmered for another 5 minutes.
Add chopped coriander leaves and serve panchmel dal hot with rice or any Indian flat bread.
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