January 21, 2009

Dal Panchratan ( A Five Lentil Gravy Preparation)


This is one another of those many recipes I have collected over the years from I don’t know where! The one thing I do know is that this dal is delicious. My picture may not look mouth wateringly tempting (my apologies) but you can take my word for it that it is tasty, filling and very comforting, like most dals.

“Panchratan” means five jewels and here refers to the five different lentils in this preparation. They are red gram lentils (tuvar dal), Bengal gram lentils (chana dal), moong lentils (moong dal), whole black gram lentils (sabut urad dal) and whole puy lentils (sabut masoor dal).




I am not very sure where this preparations has its origins (I do know it is not from the southern part of India) but a generous bit of ghee gives this dal a very rich taste. I have reduced the amount of fat a bit and substituted the ghee with oil here.
These lentils are cooked into a very soft, somewhat smooth and creamy texture but has just the right balance of spice. This dal is also very easy to make. All it requires in the way of preparation is soaking of the lentils a little ahead of time.




Ingredients:


½ cup mixed lentils (dals) - 1 tbsp each of red gram lentil (tuvar dal),
Bengal gram lentil (chana dal), moong lentil (moong dal),
whole black gram lentil (sabut urad dal) and whole puy lentil (sabut masoor dal)

2 tsp oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

¾ tsp garlic paste (or finely chopped adjusted to taste)

¾ tsp finely chopped/ grated ginger

¾ tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2 to 3 green chillies, slit (or as required)

½ tsp garam masala

salt to taste

1 ½ tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp chopped coriander



Method:


Soak the lentils (dals) in water for 3 to 4 hours. Cook the lentils (dals), in the water in which they were soaked, till they are very soft.

Heat the oil and sauté the onions till golden. Add the garlic, ginger and green chillies. Sauté for a couple of minutes till the raw small disappears. Now add the coriander and turmeric powders and stir for about half a minute.

Add the cooked lentils (dals) and the water in which they were cooked. Add the salt, mix well and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to medium and allow the lentils to simmer for a couple of minutes. If the dal is too thick, adjust to required consistency with water, but make sure the dal is on the thicker side and not watery.

Stir in the garam masala, lemon juice and chopped coriander just before serving. Serve warm with chappathis, naan, or rice. This dal also makes a filling soup with bread.
This recipe will make 3 to 4 servings.

This Dal Panchratan goes to HOTM where January is the month for healthy “slimming” food.


32 comments:

Happy cook said...

I am always looking for new recipies for dals and this looks so yummy.
Lov ethe picture, bbeautiful colour too.

Rosie said...

It's the taste that matters but this does look yummy!! Beautiful pics too.

Rosie x

Ben said...

All those ingredients sound delicious so I believe you it was a very tasty dish :D

Asha said...

Yummy indeed, not to mention the nutritious part. Looks beautiful! :))

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Yummy looking dish and very heart healthy too. Lovely pictures of the dhals..

Smitha said...

Dal looks so rich in colour and texture.. must be an all time hit

Vij said...

Yummy n healthy post! Lovely click too.:-)

HoneyB said...

I think it is gorgeous and it makes MY mouth water!

Asha said...

Aparna, Anoop must be one! He was dressed like a decent kid (for me atleast!:P) for a change, in shorts,T shirt, a over shirt and slippers while others were in feathers, chains and one girl even came in wearing bikini! Kids of his age probably think noop is weird!! :D
There are 2 more Indian kids too, interesting to watch!:)

Jayashree said...

Definitely a recipe that you can fall back on when you need wholesome, nourishing food.

Sunshinemom said...

I love any kind of dal esp. the mili juli kind - paanch ratna ya navratna!
I have never succeeded in capturing a dal well on camera, but there are so many in my draft! I know this one tastes good and it is a great entry:)

Usha said...

Sounds like such a healthy and nutritious dhal, looks yum too !

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I never would have guessed this is so easy to make. It looks delicious and I know my wife would love it, too. I'll have to give this one a try soon!

Lisa said...

Your picture looks tempting indeed. This is certainly a staple recipe. Delicious.

karuna said...

i make this dal too, but I add white udad. Will try out ure version next time. nice pics.

Nags said...

I sometimes mix lentils together for the heck of it! It brings out a lovely different taste, doesn't it?

Cham said...

Mix all dhals sounds good and protein rich too :)

jayasree said...

I always like the taste of mixed dals in gravy. I too have a similar recipe in my blog.

A_and_N said...

:) I love dal and this seems perfect for a cold night!

Curry Leaf said...

Love the dal.Truly healthy and definitely delicious Aparna.I am not a dal person,but this is truly hearty.Thanks for the clarification on wheat germ.I will let you know if I get any other info.Thanks :)

SMN said...

Hey Aparna.. these are the ultimate comfort food in my case. i would love to try it and have it with white rice and ghee..

SMN said...

Hey Aparna.. these are the ultimate comfort food in my case. i would love to try it and have it with white rice and ghee..

Simran said...

I love to mix and match my dals too...but this classic five dal combo is the best.

Rajani said...

hi aparna! nice looking dal with the chilly on top - i am making a mixed dal today black urad and black masoor! today your page opened without hassle !

sra said...

Can you imagine how long this will stick in my fridge, even with a minimal quantity of ingredients? I know of this recipe, just haven't made it for that reason.

Soma said...

Yeah yeah I love this dal. I too have it scribbled in a book, since who knows when & from where. I love all the dals mixed together here.

Ilva said...

Thank you for this great entry, it sounds great!

Srivalli said...

All those legumes and you forgot my event!!!...looks great aparna

Priya said...

Wat a healthy dish..great as always..

Aparna said...

Thanks everyone.

Yes, Asha. Anoop is the one. I guess this is one more example of the generation gap! :D

I know, Harini. It isn't very easy to capture a lot of Indian food on camera, especially the gravy/ dals. :(

You're welcome, Sweatha. :)

Give this a go, MIke. Its worth it.

Ah, gorgeous dal again, Rajani. I'm glad the problem has been resolved.

This recipe makes enough for about 4 and probably for about 2 or 3 if you have it as soup, Sra.

Srivalli, actually I haven't forgotten you're hosting MLLA. I have something else to send you. Keep a lookout for the post.:)

Kay said...

We tried this dal today and it was very good! Thank you! :)

Aparna said...

Good to know you liked it, Kay.