Preparing something delicious with scarce resources is nothing but a great art! When I was young we used to have a Panch Meshali Dal or a Mixed Dal prepared with different types of Dal in Kolkata. At that time we were a part of a big fat joint family and at the end of the month when almost all the lentils started touching the end-line of the containers my Maa- Jethima et all used to make the mixed Dal with their scarce resources and believe me they knew the trick because that Dal was heavenly!. Mine is a modification of that Panch Meshali Dal and is a mixture of two variety viz: Bengal Gram a.k.a Cholar Dal and Arhar Dal…Hubby loves this Dal a lot and he often called it “Na ghar ka na ghat ka but Debjani ka!!!!!! Debjani’s Special Dal! 😛 …
I prefer to prepare this Dal whenever I feel like preparing anything special but not the typical yet popular Dal options such Dal Makhani or Bhaja Moog er Dal or Dal Bukharta or Tadka Dal especially during any get together at our place. This Dal is not much rich but tastes yaamm!