Dhan saak dal

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Diabetes/diabetic recipe | Tags: , |

A traditional Parsi dish. As the name says, it is an interesting combination of five varieties of dhan (dals) and saak (vegetables) perked with spices to give it a mouth-watering taste.
Being loaded with vegetables this dish is not very high in calories and carbohydrates and also provides all the necessary nutrients. Serve it with crusty whole wheat bread and salad to make a light, yet satisfying meal.

Preparation Time : 25 mins.
Cooking Time : 30 mins.

Makes 4.

½ cup toovar (arhar) dal
2 teaspoons moong dal (split yellow gram)
2 teaspoons masoor dal (split red lentils)
2 teaspoons urad dal (split black lentils)
2 teaspoons val dal
¼ cup potato, chopped
¼ cup brinjal, chopped
¼ cup bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki), chopped
¼ cup red pumpkin (kaddu), chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fenugreek (methi) leaves, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
3 teaspoons tamarind, soaked in ¼ cup of water
1 teaspoon oil
salt to taste
To be ground into a paste
1 green chilli
3 red chillies
4 cloves garlic
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
4 cloves (laung)
25 mm. (1″) piece ginger
1 cardamom (elaichi)
1 teaspoon coriander (dhania) seeds
4 peppercorns
½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
2 teaspoons chopped coriander
2 tablespoons water
To be made into a dry powdered masala
1 cardamom (elaichi)
1 cinnamon (dalchini)
1 clove (laung)
1. Combine the dals and wash them.
2. Add the vegetables to the dals along with 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
3. Liquidise the cooked dals and all the vegetables in a blender and keep aside.
4. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the ground paste. Sauté it for 4 to 5 minutes and add the puréed vegetable and dal mixture, along with the dry powdered masala, tamarind water and salt and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Serve hot, with whole wheat bread or chapatis.
You can also use ready made Dhan-saak Masala available at most grocery stores instead of all the spices used, if you are in a hurry.

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Great Recipe. High protein & fiber meal.

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