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Lentil/Daal Recipes

Varutharacha Sambar

Sambar can be prepared in lot many ways. I usually prepare the Sambar without coconut. Ever since J returned from Kerala the last month, he couldn’t stop talking about this amazing Sambar he had, at a hotel. On enquiring, he was told that it is Varutharacha Sambar. I remember making this much before my marriage, under the guidnce of my maternal Grandmom. As I was making after such a long gap, I had to double check with my mother to see if I was on the right track. Pretty pleased with the results 🙂

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Sambar- I

Sambar is a lentil dish commonly made in South Indian households. One can find a lot of variations in the preparation of this curry. Some like it watery, some like it thick, some prefer having lots of vegetables in it, while some prefer very less. The recipe I am sharing today is one of the few ways I prepare. Also, the Sambar I prepare is usually thick with less vegetables and not too sour, as per our liking. You may adjust the ingredients to suit your liking. If you like the sambar to be thin, you may use less lentil….

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Dal Makhani -Restaurant Style

At least some of you may relate to the story when I say I always wanted to prepare Dal Makhani, the restaurant style. I have lost count of the variations of recipes I tried. Nothing came close to what I tasted in restaurants. I had given up all hopes of making it at home when I chanced upon an artic

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Masala Vada/ Parippu Vada/ Dal Vada (Lentil Fritters)

Masala Vada is a popular South Indian snack which has gained popularity in other parts of the country as well. Ideally the vadas are made with ginger in it, but I have used garlic as I love the garlic taste. You may choose either to suit your taste. I have mentioned the quantity to be used. Masala

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Dal Bukhaara

I have always wondered what the difference between Dal Makhani and dal Bukhaara is. After a lot of search I came across a write up by Vir Sanghvi on the same. According to him, Dal Makhani is made with Black gram, Bengal gram and Kidney grams, whereas Dal Bukhaara is made with just black gram. Anoth

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Parippu Varutharachathu (Pigeon peas with roasted and ground coconut)

A few months back, I was looking to prepare some variety of Kerala style gravies. That’s when I came across a recipe by my friend Sherin. Parippu Varutharachathu..Pigeon peas with roasted and ground coconut. Parippu thenga arachu vachathu has been something I was used to, but Varutharachathu was new

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Daal Palak (Mung Bean Lentils with Spinach)

Today’s recipe is that of Daal Palak, a simple and easy to make recipe. This is a very nutritious dish as well. Daal Palak (Mung Bean Lentils with Spinach)

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Panchmel Dal (Five Lentils Curry)

In my previous post, I had promised to share the recipe of Panchmel Dal. So here it goes…… Panchmel Dal is a typical Rajasthani dish with a thick gravy. As the name suggests, five types of dals/lentils are used to prepare the dish. Yet another easy and tasty dish. I got the recipe from Mharo Raj

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Parippu Thenga Arachu Vachathu (Moong Lentil Curry with Ground Coconut)

Parippu Thenga Arachu Vachathu or Parippu Curry is one of the must-have dishes for any Kerala style vegetarian Sadya (feast). Rice with a ladlefulof this curry topped with a spoonful of warm clarified butter is a meal I would die for. Its the clarified butter which gives this dish that distinctive

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Daal Fry (Stir fried lentils with onions and tomatoes)

Today I decided to make Daal fry for lunch. My maiden tryst with Daal fry was immediately after marriage when we went to a restaurant with our friends. One of them ordered Daal fry and to my surprise it turned out to be a curry contrary to my expectations of a dry dish. 🙂 Daal fry is a simple curr

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