Khalo Dal

Khalo Dal

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Black lentil with the skin on has a really rustic flavour and richer aroma compared to the skinless, polished varieties. Understandably, a dal prepared with chilkewali urad dal also has a really rich flavour, aroma and texture. Khalo Dal is one such preparation, in Bengali style. Here, the urad is flavoured quite simply with ginger, garlic and onions – three most common ingredients generally available in all kitchens! It is made with minimum oil, to suit diabetics and weight watchers, and despite its simplicity it has an irresistible flavour that makes you crave for more when served with hot, fluffy Phulkas or satiating rotis.

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Khalo Dal recipe - How to make Khalo Dal

Soaking time:  1 hour   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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3/4 cup chilkewali urad dal (spit black gram with skin) , soaked for 1 hour and drained
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp sliced garlic (lehsun)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
  1. Combine the urad dal, turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whisltes.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the garlic and saute on a meium flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add the onions and saute on a medium flame for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add the ginger paste and the cooked dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve hot.

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy118 cal
Protein7 g
Carbohydrates18.7 g
Fiber3.5 g
Fat1.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium11.9 mg
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Khalo Dal
 on 30 Sep 16 09:54 AM

This dal recipe made using chilkewali urad dal is just so easy to make. The use of onions, ginger and garlic in the dal make it perfect to eat with rice or rotis. Must try recipe.