Bengali Dal


2 cups bengalgram dal
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 Red chillies
1 bay leaf
A small piece of cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cardamoms
1/2 ginger paste
Green chillies (optional)
A bit of jaggery
1 tsp mustard seeds
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil

Heat oil and add cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, red chillies, cardamom and bay leaves. Mix well for a minute and then add the remaining ingredients and fry for another two minutes. Finally add about 3 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook it. Temper with little ghee and mustard seeds.

Recipe Source- Hare Krsna Recipes

This dal goes to Sandeepa for the RCI : Bengal event.

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Kalai said...

Nice entry, EC! :)

Dhivya said...

great entry EC:)looks so yummmm

Namratha said...

Good entry E, did the dal get all mushed up, can't see it! :D

Bong Mom said...

Thanks for the entry, it is a lovely daal

Unknown said...

dal looks good...addition of spices must have enhanced the flavour..

Cham said...

Simple and beautiful entry :)

EC said...

Thanks all of you for your comments..

@ dear, I wanted the dal to be a little watery, maybe thats why the dal sunk to the bottom of the bowl.

Heguiberto said...

wow your recipes are great. I love dals. I have made a bunch of different ones in the past and will few of the ones you display here and publish to my blog:

Thank you,


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