Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chana Dal Pulav

This recipe came to life in my kitchen only after i saw it on SEDenufood. In one of my childhood memories i remember eating rice & chana dal pulav while sitting in a train going for vacation, one of my aunt made that. It was so simple but so vibrant at the same time....white basmati rice like they are smiling & yellow vibrant chana dal peaking from every where. I still remember that it tasted good and that picture is still there in my mind.So, on Monday when I saw it on SE's blog I told to myself i have to make it. Originally I was planning to make it white only but.......when I opened my cooler box to get something I saw the bottle of rasam paste..........(I know what you all must be thinking store bought rasam paste......who use that......well, we wanted to try it). Anyways, so plan changed a little bit, here's my version of this pulav.

Ingredient :
  • 1 cup chana dal(bengal gram)(Soaked for 2 hr.)
  • 2 cup basmati rice (soaked for 25-30 min.)
  • 1 tsp. jeera(cumin)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 inch piece of ginger(thinly sliced lengthwise)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of rasam paste(I used store bought)
  • salt as per taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil/ghee

Method :

1) In pressure cooker heat the oil then add jeera, cloves, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds & red chillies, when seeds start to splutter add sliced onion.

2) On med. high gas saute the onion till they become brown.

3) Now add rasam paste & 3-4 tblspn. of water to loosen up the paste.Add salt, paprika, rice & chana dal, stir everything together.Let everything get coated with the masala(spice & onion mixture)around two minutes.

4) Add 4 1/2 cups of water* and pressure cook it on med. high . After a whistle turn off the gas. If your stove is electric make sure you take the pressure cooker off the heated stove.after around 5 minutes open the cooker & using fork fluff up the rice.Serve it with plain yogurt/raita.

Note : *I use 1(rice) : 2(water) ratio while cooking rice in the cooker and I added 1/2 cup extra for chana dal.If you pressure cook rice, make sure not to let them sit for a long time in the pressure otherwise they will be overcooked & become mushy.


SE(Denufood) said...

hey..with rasam paste...I am sure this must have been yummy.........looks very delicious..btw if you dont mind..may i know your name pls..

Anonymous said...

Very innovative recipe!tnx for sharing...