Panchras Dal

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An ideal recipe for a traditional celebration at home. Toovar dal is pressure-cooked and blended with an assortment of vegetables: carrots, pumpkin, raw banana and brinjal and simmered with masalas, till every ingredient blends with another for a flavorful meal.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Serves 4.
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1 cup toovar (arhar) dal
1 raw banana , peeled and cut into big pieces
2 small brinjal (baingan / eggplant) , cut into big pieces
1 small potato , peeled and cut into big pieces
1/2 cup carrots , peeled and cut into big pieces
1/2 cup red pumpkin (bhopla / kaddu) , peeled and cut into big pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For the masala paste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 whole dry kashmiri red chillies, broken into pieces
1/4 cup grated dry coconut (kopra)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
1/2 tsp tamarind (imli)
1 tbsp oil


    For the masala paste

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin and coriander seeds.
    2. When the seeds crackle, add the dry red chilli, dry coconut and onions and cook stirring continuously till the mixture becomes golden brown.
    3. Remove form fire, add the ginger-green chilli paste and tamarind and blend to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

    How to proceed

    1. Clean, wash and soak the toovar dal for about 30 minutes. Drain.
    2. Add the salt, turmeric powder and 3 cups of water and pressure cook till the dal is done.
    3. Whisk well till the dal is mashed.
    4. Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.
    5. When the seeds crackle add the raw banana, brinjals, potato, carrots, red pumpkin. coriander-cumin seeds powder and garam masala and stir for some time.
    6. Add 1 cup of water and salt, cover and cook till the vegetables are tender.
    7. Add the cooked dal, masala paste and ½ cup of water.
    8. Simmer on a low flame for about 10 minutes and bring to a boil.
    9. Serve hot.

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     on 17 Sep 12 10:22 AM

    Toovar dal pressure cooked and then vegetables added to it and cooked in a coconut based masala paste.