Sunday, November 25, 2012

Panchmel Dal

Panchmel Dal is the protein rich Rajasthani Dal. Here, Panch means 5 and mel means mix. One of the most popular dals of Rajasthan,  Panchmel is delicious and nutritious.Traditionally, 5 dals are used in praparation and hence the name -”Panch mel” dal. The dal is thick and can be had with Roti/Chapati, Paratha or jeera rice.

This is a delightful combination of dals simmered with aromatic spices that lend to bouquet of tantalizing flavours, along with all the nutrients that dals add to our diet.

1/4 cup mung dal (yellow split dal)
1/4 cup chana dal
1/4 cup toover dal
1/4 cup urad dal
1/4 cup black whole urad
pinch of hing
3  green cardamon
1" stick of dalchilni(cinnamon)
1 tsp jeera
1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 tsp dhania powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garlic paste
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp haldi powder
1 1/2 tsp saunf powder (fennel )
1/2 cup whisked curd
salt to taste

 Wash and soak the dals in warm water for at least an hour. Drain and keep aside.
  • Add 4 cups water and cook in a pressure cooker for 15 to 20 minutes, over medium flame, till the dals are cooked.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, add the cardamoms, cinnamon and cumin seeds and allow the cumin seeds to crackle.
  • Add the onions and cook till they are golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin seed powder and fennel powder and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the curds and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked dals and salt and allow the dal to come to a boil.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice or rotis.
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  1. love panchmel. We used to have it our friend's house. Yours look delicious.

  2. your dal recipe looks very interesting.. i've never tried so many different dals in one. yum!

  3. Your dal sounds interesting...never tried it before.
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  4. nice and interesting combo..

  5. Hey thank u for the visit and for the lovely comment...this is a super healthy dal..perfect with roti...keep connected :)

  6. perfect and tasty dal!!! thanks for linking!!!
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