Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dal Nizami

Let me tell you I am a Dal crazy female. How far I go to satiate my hunger pangs with the so called dals? I say at least 4 times a week and 5-6 a max. So that explains my love of it all. I love runny dal made by my Mom (with toor dal), not exactly Maa ki dal. Do I sound like a broken record from Bollywood ..... I know I know...... but you know what I am in a mood to confess. I made my meat eater man, a dal convert, and he is now a happily practicing dal addict. But after all those good years of eating it, I must say a variety of it, I feel so sorry for lentils that even a single recipe didn't make an entry into my blog. You know why ...... I was happy cooking and eating ...... simple joys of life, with latter being a no brainer ......and of course sharing with my dear ones. By the way, it has been a while I have watched a bolly movie.

If last time my Chicken Nawabi made you come here, stay, and afterwards I disappointed you by creating a void in my space of Nizams/Nawabs, I am keeping the area live again with my Dal Nizami.

I love to call it custard dal for its texture and color. I am not sure if the curry will appeal to a mallu palate (though half a dozen mallus enjoyed it !!!), all I know is that the addition of wheat flour towards the end of the curry, exalted curry to a new level, which was just fine. I think I didn't do justice to the recipe by avoiding the addition of fried onions towards the end, which was called for and is so essential for well-rounded Hyderabadi curries.

You know, Kacchis love their fried onions. Lessons learned from living Kacchis (Haleema aunty) who stock up their freezer with fried onions, which they lavishly sprinkle in their dishes all the time. The best chicken korma I tasted was from her and will be cooking it soon.

Chana dal - 4 tbsp
Whole masoor dal - 4 tbsp
Toor dal - 4 tbsp
Moong dal - 4 tbsp
Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Green Cardamom pods - 5
Black Cardamom pods - 3
Cloves - 5
Cinnamon sticks - 2 nos and 1-inch long
Bay leaves - 5
Ginger paste - 3 1/2 tsp
Garlic paste - 2 1/2 tsp
Tamarind Extract - 1/4 tsp
Whole wheat flour - 1/3 cup
Lemon juice - 2 tbsp

For tempering
Ghee or vegetable oil - 5 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 8 cloves crushed
Sliced onions - 2/3 cup or 100 g
Crisp golden fried sliced onions
Green chillies - 2
Mint leaves - 10

Pressure cook all the dals along with chilli powder, turmeric powder, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, ginger paste, and garlic paste. 

Heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the cumin seeds and garlic and stir fry until the seeds start to splutter. Pour over the dal and stir. 

Heat another 2 tbsp ghee in the pan, add the onions and fry for about 3 minutes, then add the chillies and fry for a further minute. Pour over the dal and stir. 

Heat the last tbsp ghee in the pan, add the mint and fry for about 1 minute or until browned, then pour over the dal and stir. 

Remove the whole spices from the dal and puree in a blender with 1 cup of water. Return to the heat, add the tamarind extract, wholemeal flour and 2 1/4 cups of water, then bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for a further 2 minutes, or until a thin custard consistency. Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice, stir and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Sprinkle with fried onions. 

Note:- The dal tasted best even without pureeing, but I proceeded to get the authentic taste as the author (Pushpesh Pant) explained.

Makes for a great evening protein soup.

Serve this with ghee rice, ponni rice, chapatis, and tomato salad.

I enjoyed Nizami with rice than chapatis. 

Sending this to event hosted by Soumya of Nivedhanams and Vardhini.


  1. Dal crazy..suits you well seeing this recipe hehe...anyways a healthy yummy curry for rotis..

  2. this curry uses quite a bit of dals.. interesting... would definitely want to try this soon... :)

  3. Looks so good Sabeena :) I love dal - But haven't yet succeeded in making the Techie a convert yet ;)

  4. i m also dal crazy, specially we have one spicy dal with biryani in india. oh it's so good , i can empty bowls of that dal. this one looks yummy.

  5. Wow.....this looks dal-leicious......:-)

  6. New recipe to me. absolute comfort food

  7. Simple and comforting dal, love your version

  8. Dal looks so delicious , comfort food.
    Following u dear.
    Have a wonderful day:)

  9. Lovely dal recipe! Happy to follow you back :) Sarojini x

  10. very comforting and very delicious dal... Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
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  11. Very nice dal. Looks delicious. Happy to follow you too.

  12. I love all versions of dal.. these are simple, easy, tasty and filling too :)Looks yummilicious... Must be finger-licking goo :)

  13. Very nice custard dal.. I love dals too and this one is a must try!

  14. I can see your craze for dhal, dear! This dish looks so delicious ;)

  15. Delicious and interesting recipe..

  16. That is a whole lot of dal in one curry. Yummy

  17. Wow!! Looks so delicious,Sebeena!! Wonderful snaps!

  18. I love dals.. Interesting recipe Sebeena.. Looks delicious :-)

  19. Yummy delicious dal and finger clicking gravy, love to enjoy with a bowl of rice.

  20. Absolutely delicious basmati rice,classic recipe..looks divine.

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