Friday, July 22, 2011

Dalitoy (Konkani Dal)

This dal is very popular among the konkanis. I just love this. It is prepared for almost every function and is the simplest dal ever! I am sure most of them will like this.

  • Toor dal- 1 cup
  • Green Chilli- 3-4
  • Red chilli- 3
  • Oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Asafoetida- ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  • Salt- To taste

Cook dal along with turmeric in a cooker (2-3 whistles should be fine and the water level should be much greater than dal in the cooker). After it gets cooled, transfer the dal in another container. Add water if it is essential. The consistency should be such that it shouldn’t be too thick or thin (Then it depends on how you would like to have it). Now add green chillies which are cut length wise, asafoetida and salt. Bring it to a boil and let it continue to boil for 5-6 minutes. Then turn off the flame. For seasoning heat oil and then add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add broken red chillies and curry leaves. Fry them for few seconds and add to the dal and mix well. Dalitoy is ready to serve.

This dal goes well with rice. Above measurement is for serving four people. 

Note: If you don’t like the flavor of asafoetida, then you can substitute it with ginger (1Inch). Add chopped ginger along with green chillies . This is another version of dalitoy. Generally the second version is followed in temples. This is because they are not supposed to add asafoetida to naivedyam. Both versions are equally delicious.

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