Dakho ( Khati Mithi Dal with Vegetables )

Dakho, a sweet and sour combination of toovar and chana dal with vegetables and spices add a special touch to this dal.

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This one’s a great meal by itself. Nutritious and tasty, it can be cooked in a jiffy if you have everything cleaned, chopped and ready in hand. Toovar and chana dal are cooked with a melange of vegetables: pumpkin, brinjal and potatoes seasoned with spices, tamarind, jaggery and more for a sweet-sour tasty meal.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 servings (1 serving )
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For The Dal and Vegetable Mixture
1/2 cup toovar (arhar) dal
2 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
1/4 cup peeled and red pumpkin (bhopla / kaddu) cubes
1 tbsp chopped brinjals (baingan / eggplant) , cut into 25 mm. pieces
1/2 cup peeled potato cubes
1/2 cup finely chopped colocasia leaves (arbi ke patte)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste

For The Tamarind-jaggery Water
3 tbsp jaggery (gur)
3 tbsp tamarind (imli)

For The Tempering
3 tbsp oil
2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 sticks cinnamon (dalchini)
1 whole dry red chilli (pandi) , broken into chillies
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

For The Garnish
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
  1. For the dal and vegetable mixture, wash the dals, vegetables and colocasia leaves and add 3 cups of water.
  2. Cook in a pressure cooker. Cool slightly and blend in a liquidiser. Keep aside.
  3. For the tamarind-jaggery water, wash the tamarind, add the jaggery and ¼ cup of water and boil until the tamarind is soft.
  4. Pass this mixture through a sieve and keep aside.
  5. To proceed, heat the oil in a large pan and fry the mustard seeds, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies and chilli powder for a few seconds.
  6. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and then the dal and vegetable mixture.
  7. Add the tamarind-jaggery water, turmeric powder, salt and ¾ cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with the chopped coriander.


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Nutrient values per serving
Energy1084 cal
Protein27.7 g
Carbohydrates134.8 g
Fiber13.7 g
Fat48.3 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A597.8 mcg
Vitamin B10.6 mg
Vitamin B20.3 mg
Vitamin B33.7 mg
Vitamin C2.5 mg
Folic Acid178.3 mcg
Calcium156.1 mg
Iron5.8 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium54.8 mg
Potassium1615.7 mg
Zinc1.6 mg

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Dakho ( Khati Mithi Dal with Vegetables )
 on 10 Feb 16 06:52 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Dr Vaishali. We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
11 Feb 16 10:14 AM
Dakho ( Khati Mithi Dal with Vegetables )
 on 06 Jul 13 09:18 AM