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Panchmel Dal

hi hi hi!!!!

I am finally almost settled in my new home and have some time to start cooking and blogging again.
Panchemel dal, as the name suggest its a combination of 5 different dals. Its a very popular recipe from western India.
I was watching Jodha Akbar the other day and in the scene where Jodha prepares food for the feats, she mentions the wide spread menu with all the yummy mouth watering dishes and hear them saying "panchemel sabji" and it immediately hit me to make some, but as we had just moved in, had not enough veggies, instead tried the panchemel dal. So here is my take on it.

Moong dal:1/4 cup
Tur dal:1/4 cup
Urad dal:1/4 cup
Channa dal:1/4 cup
Masoor dal:1/4 cup
Turmeric powder:1/2 tsp
Cooking oil: 1tsp
Ginger:1 tsp chopped
water: 3 1/2 cups 

For seasoning:
oil: 1tbsp
cumin seeds: 1 tsp
cloves: 2
cinnamon sticks: 1/2 inch
bay leaves:2
big cardamom: 2
green chillies: 2 chopped
curry leaves: 6-8
asafoetida: 1/4 tsp
red chilli powder: 1 tsp
fresh chopped coriander leaves: 2 tsp
Mix all the dals amnd soak for 1 hr. 
Wash well. 
Boil in pressure cooker with 5 1/2 cup water, turmeric powder, chopped ginger and 1/2 teaspoon cooking oil 
Bring to full pressure then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes. 
Allow the cooker to cool to cool naturally. 
Open the cooker, add extra 1/2 cup water to dilute the cooked dal if required and blend dal well - cooked dal should in smooth consistency.
In a wide pan / kadai, heat oil add jeera. 
When it turns brown, add cinnamon, cloves, tej patta and cardamom. Fry for 1 minute.
Add chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for 1 minute.
Add hing. Fry for 1 minute.
Add red chilli powder. 
Fry for a few seconds on a low heat and add cooked dal immediately. 
Give 1 - 2 boils and serve hot garnished with fresh coriander leaves.

It goes great with all the different types of indian breads. It can also be served with rice.
I hope you guys try this delicious and healthy recipe and enjoy.
Till then Happy Blogging


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