Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Carrot Dal

          I make some kind of dal (lentils) at least two or three times a week, trying to cook a different tasting dal everytime is a real challenge. But then I try to do it either by changing the spices or the vegetables that are added to the dal, one such attempt is this carrot dal. To spice up the dal I added some ginger and pepper, because of the sweetness of the carrots, I feel this dal tastes better with pepper than the usual red chilli powder, this also gives a nice flavor to this carrot dal..

Need To Have
  • Moong Or Green Gram Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Masoor Dal Or Orange Lentils - 1/2 cup
  • Grated Carrot - 1 cup
  • Grated Ginger - 1 + 1/2 tablespoon
  • Pepper Powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Tomato - 1 medium chopped into big chunks
  • Onion - 1 big chopped
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 5 or 6
  • Sliced Onions And Chopped Coriander - to garnish

          Pressure cook both the dals together ( takes 1/3 of the time taken to cook rice). Heat some oil, add the cumin seeds, when it starts spluttering, add the onions, saute till it turns transparent, then add the ginger, carrots salt and the pepper powder, saute well ( at least for 5 mins) till the carrots get cooked. Then add the curry leaves and tomatoes, keep sauteing till they start to break down, at this stage add the cooked dal and some water (about a cup or more), simmer for another 5 mins. Remove, serve it garnished with some onions and coriander, goes well both with rotis and rice.
Sending it to Prabha's Cooking for the Julie's EP Series - Ginger And Pepper Powder event
                to Erivum Puliyum for Sangee's Show Me Your "Hits" - Iron Rich Foods event,
                to Simply.Food for Sara's Cooking With Love - Dad event and
                to Zesty South Indian Kitchen for the Hearth & Soul Blog Hop event.

Cook the dal well but not like a paste, there should be some texture to it, you can cook in a open pot too.
Can use any one of the dals alone instead of a mix.

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  1. loved this carrot dal... nice idea... and lovely colour...

  2. nice dal......love the idea of combining the dals with carrot.....nice.

  3. Lovely combo...Looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  4. what a unique combo
    u hv used moong but no where i see moong in the pic

    looks really gud

  5. carrot dal looks great. love the color of the dal.

  6. I lov this combo..i make with toor dal.nice recipe...

  7. so healthy... and lovely clicks

  8. Delicious dal Hema, love the idea of adding carrot to it. It is only vegetable that sells at home without any problem. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop, I shout out in Hearth and soul blog hop face book page.

  9. love the color of the dal & adding carrot is new to me.. doing good hema :) thanks for dropping by.. jus got a lil busy with stuff.. shall be back to posting from today !

  10. The colour of the dal is so good. Will give this a try.

  11. Lovely color looks delicious :)

  12. lovely n creative idea.....yummy

  13. I am a huge dal fan. Adding the carrots only seems to make it healthier and better. I will give this a try (probably a lot better than my boring recipe).


  14. Very delicious n healthy..Aromatic,thick & flavorful too:-)
    Thanx for linking it to my events:-)
    Join me(Erivum Puliyum)
    in the following ongoing events-
    Show me Your HITS -Iron Rich Foods
    EP Series-Ginger or Pepper Corns

  15. Delicious healthy combo...Looks yummy..

  16. Thick dal looks fantastic,flavourful and delicious.

  17. Loved the idea! Looks super tempting with the bright colour!

  18. Carrot dal sounds very healthy n yummy...looks very inviting, sure it tasted so good with warm rotis! thank you so much for sending it to HITS series..
    Spicy Treats

  19. Love the color of that dhal...very nice variation to the regular one. Yummy!

  20. New combo to me...colorful n yummy!

  21. Delicious and yummy dal...adding carrots makes it healthier.

  22. Your carrot dal looks delicious! Great with roti!

  23. wow that looks superb, quite a comforting one too

  24. The dal looks awesome Hema, you could easily pass this off as a soup and just have it for dinner :-)

  25. Such a wonderful Healthy Dal!!Looks very colorful.
    Thanks a lot for linking to the Event :)
    Prabha's Cooking
    Ongoing Event : EP Series ~ Ginger and Pepper

  26. Never tried this combo..Looks delicious.