A North Indian delicacy, Sukhi Urad Dal goes amazingly with Roti! However, I am not much regular to make this particular version of Dal at home. All of us at home prefer to have Urad dal aka Kolai dal in Bengali way which is nothing but Bengali Korai Dal along with Aloo Posto. However, that recipe does not call for soaked Dal, and hence I had to make something different with the soaked Dal.
The Regular and not!
It was the last Friday when I called my house help from the office. I requested her to soak a cup full of Kalai Dal (Dhuli Urad Dal) for around eight hours. I had the plan to make Bedmi Poori which requires soaked Urad Dal to make the stuffing. Can you find anything wrong with this? Believe it or not, I have not found any until I reached home!
Well, I forgot to tell her the size of the Cup and she ended up using a coffee mug instead of a 150g cup to measure the lentil! Basically, I had a big fat casserole filled with soaked Urad Dal which could be used in making more than 50 Pooris! Needless to say, I did not use the entire dal to make the Poori. I used half of the same to make Sukhi Urad Dal the next day!
Sukhi Urad Dal Recipe Tips
The recipe calls for a few basic ingredients apart from the lentil. Some chopped onion, ginger, and garlic paste along with a few spices are what you need to make this vegetarian side dish. Make sure to soak the lentil for more than 8 hours in water. Another important thing is the process of pressure cooking the Lentil. As the name suggests, the end product must be "Sukhi.
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Here's how I make Sukhi Urad Dal at Debjanir Rannaghar!Print
Sukhi Urad Dal is a dry lentil-based vegetarian side dish from North India. This goes amazingly well with Roti or Paratha.
- 100g Urad Dal/ Kolai Dal/ Split black gram without husk
- 2 Onion
- ½ Tbsp. Ginger paste
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic Paste
- 1 Dry Red Chili
- 2 Green Chili
- ½ Tsp. Asafoetida/ Hing
- 1 Tsp. Cumin Powder
- 1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
- 1 Tsp. Garam Masala Powder
- 1 Tsp. Amchur Powder/ Mango powder
- ½ Tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1 Tsp. Salt or to taste
- 2 Tbsp. Mustard Oil
- Soak Dal overnight or for eight hours using fresh water.
- Discard the water and wash dal under running water 2-3 times.
- Now take Dal along with half of the turmeric powder and also ½ tsp. salt in a pressure cooker.
- Pour water and cover the Dal. Do not use excess water.
- Put the lid on along with the weight.
- Cook over a medium-high flame for around 5-6 minutes or two whistles.
- Switch the flame off and open the lid once the pressure drops completely.
- Check the Dal, There should not be extra moisture inside the cooker and the dal must be cooked properly.
- Pour ½ Tsp. Oil over the Dal and using a spatula lightly fold the dal and keep it side without covering the cooker with the lid.
- Heat Oil in a pan in the meantime and temper the oil with Dry red Chili and Asafoetida.
- Add chopped onion and cook till the onion turns translucent in color.
- Now add Ginger paste, garlic paste, and also green chili and cook till oil comes out from the mixture.
- Add the rest of the turmeric powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Amchur Powder/ powder, and also salt, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Now add boiled dal and give it a light mix.
- cook over low flame for around 5 minutes or until the moisture evaporates completely.
- Do not mix much as that will lead to a soggy mixture.
- Once properly cooked, add Garam Masala Powder and lightly fold.
- Serve Sukhi Urad Dal hot with Roti or Paratha or Rice.
You may replace mustard oil with any other oil.
- Prep Time: 8 hours
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Cooking
- Cuisine: North Indian
- Serving Size: 75g
- Calories: 185
- Sugar: 3.2g
- Sodium: 37mg
- Fat: 7.6g
- Saturated Fat: 0.9g
- Carbohydrates: 22.7g
- Fiber: 9.1g
- Protein: 7.4g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Dal/ Lentil Recipes from Debjanir Rannaghar:
- Hyderabadi Haleem (Also known as Mutton Haleem)
- Masoor Dal Bhorta
- Mulo Diye Motor Dal (also known as Bengali Yellow Split Pea with Radish)
- Egg Tadka | Kolkata street-style Dim Torka
- Bengali Macher Matha diye Bhaja Muger Dal (also known as Macher Muro Diye Dal
- Narkel diye Cholar Dal (also known as Bengali Cholar Dal)
- Pui Saag diye Masoor Dal (also known as Red Lentil Soup with Malabar Spinach)
- Bengali Kolai Dal (also known as Biulir Dal or Bengali Urad Dal)
- Masoor Daler Patla Khichuri (Also known as Red lentil Khichdi)
- Bhaja Moong er Daal (also known as Sona Muger Dal)
- Bengali Niramish Khichuri (also known as Bhoger Khichuri or Bengali Khichuri)
- Gota Sheddho
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