Panchras Dal

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.

This dal goes well with Parathas as well as Cooked Rice .

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Panchras Dal recipe - How to make Panchras Dal

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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1 cup toovar (arhar) dal
1/2 cup raw banana , peeled and cut into big pieces
1 cup brinjal (baingan / eggplant) , cut into big pieces
1/2 cup potatoes , peeled and cut into big pieces
1/2 cup carrot , 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
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 whole dry kashmiri red chilli , broken into pieces
1/4 cup grated dry coconut (kopra)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 tsp roughly chopped ginger (adrak)
1/2 tsp roughly chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp tamarind (imli)

For the masala paste

    For the masala paste
  1. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds and coriander seeds and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the dry red chilli, dry coconut and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the flame, add the ginger, green chillies and tamarind pulp and blend it in a mixer to a smooth paste using ¼ cup of water. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Clean, wash and soak the toovar dal for about 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Combine the dal, turmeric powder, salt, and 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Whisk the dal using a whisk. Keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  5. When the seeds crackle add the raw banana, brinjals, potatoes, carrots, red pumpkin. Coriander-cumin seeds powder and garam masala and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  6. Add 1 cup of water and salt, mix well and cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the cooked dal, masala paste and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve hot.


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Nutrient values per serving
Energy355 cal
Protein11 g
Carbohydrates37.8 g
Fiber7.3 g
Fat17.8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A533.5 mcg
Vitamin B10.3 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B32.1 mg
Vitamin C15.4 mg
Folic Acid67 mcg
Calcium70.9 mg
Iron3.3 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium25.9 mg
Potassium677.8 mg
Zinc0.7 mg

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Panchras Dal
 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.