Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Gujarati Series: Tuvar Daal

No Gujarati meal is complete without it.....the sweet, tangy, delicious Gujarati daal. Every Gujarati home has its unique flavor...no two are alike. Maybe that's why I love this daal so much. No matter how many times I have it, the taste never gets old. Here is my everyday version, on special occasions, I do tweak the recipe a little, more on that type of daal in a different post. Here is the recipe:

  • 1.5 cups Tuvar daal - rinsed
  • 1 large juicy tomato- chopped
  • Jaggery- to taste,
  • 2-3- Kokum Pieces (optional)
  • 1 large jalapeno or 2 small chilies
  • 1 tsp- turmeric powder, 1 tsp- chili powder, 1.5 tsp - dhania-jeera powder, salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp -oil, 1 tsp- Fenugreek Seeds, 1 tsp- Mustard seeds, 2-3, curry leaves, Asafoetida to taste.
  • 1 small piece ginger- grated
  • Few Peanuts....(optional)
  • Cilantro Leaves
Soak the tuver daal in enough water for at least half an hour. Add some Fenugreek seeds, and a pinch of turmeric to the water before putting it in the pressure cooker. Cook until soft.

Mash the daal with enough water to make it into a medium consistency. The water and daal mixture should not be too thick or thin. In a deep pan, pour the daal, add the jaggery, kokum pieces, peanuts, chopped jalapenos, tomatoes and cilantro. Stir well. Bring this mixture to a boil. Let this mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the salt, chili powder, and dhania-jeera powder.
In a separate tempering pan, heat some oil. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds, When the fenugreek seeds turn a bit red, add some curry leaves and the asafoetida. Pour this tempered mixture into the daal. Stir well, and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
When ready to serve the daal, add the grated ginger towards the end and simmer some more, around 5 more minutes. Garnish with Cilantro and serve hot with rice, curry, chapatis and yogurt. Enjoy!


Sia's Corner said...

wohoooo... i am the 1st one to comment:) everytime i come to ur blog u have fresh new look to it. love this green n cream combi of template.
daal or rasam i am greedy for them. looks like the plain saaru we make at home:)

archana said...

Trupti I liked the idea of changing the header. It gives your blog a new look :)
I love this dal, I like to drink it as it is :) It may sound funny :)
Your method is nice and quick. I will surely try your way :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Trupti,
I made your version of dhokla yesterday . It tasted real good. I did not get the spongy look/texture that you mentioned though. I still need to keep trying till I pefect the technique. Thanks for the recipe.



http://harekrishnaji.blogspot.com/2007/04/blog-post_10.html - Mukul Shivputra -ek zhalak - you may like it

Asha said...

New Template!Almost looks like mine,but your's is more uncluttered!:D
I tasted Gujarati dal in NY at "Dimple'! It was sweet and hot!!!It was a new taste for me.Thanks for the recipe.I do add like a tsp sugar to mine but as sweet as that dal I tasted.I will try your's!:)

Mishmash ! said...

Trupti, I was waiting for this post. Going to try it tomorrow for sure and will come back and comment how it tasted...i dont have kokum and peanuts, since its optional, its ok to stay away from it.
Btw, i liked ur new template...very appealing and peaceful...somehow I was not comfy with that dark background earlier!

nz said...

Hi Trupti, I love the this gujju daal too but I have to say that rest of the family doesnt - but that works in my favour when we get takeaways from this gujju joint, I get to drink all the left over daal !

We dont get kokum here, is there any substitute we can use ? I am going to try it and will let you know how it was, who knows may be hubby and kids will like your version !

Manjula said...

Sluuurp..I can drink this like a soup.
I often eat at a Gujarati restaurant here. Love all the Gujarati dishes. Hey Nice Blog template. Fresh colors of spring!

Reena said...

Trupti, I love the vegetarian dishes you post here. So much variety!!!!

Can you post a picture of Kokum? I did a post on my blog about Kudampuli which some say is same as Kokum so just wanted to see one. Though I found some images on the web it still would be good if you can post one.

Monisha said...

Love the new template Trupti! There really aren't several things that are as delicious and comforting as dal, your version is definitely one of them!

Mallika said...

Hi Trupti - is tuvar dal and toor dal the same thing? I have tried this at my Gujju friends' homes in Calcutta and it is lip smackingly delicious. Must try your recipe soon.

Sig said...

Trupti, love the new look... Daal oks amazing, just wanted to comment on the beautiful serving dish, I just bought the same thing :)

Jeena said...

Hi Trupti, this daal looks really tasty :)

Sandeepa said...

I love all kinds of Dal. Often I drink bowls of Dal with meal, I am a trotal Dal fan.
As Sig said love that serving dish

musical said...

Tuvar ni daal mane bau bhave :)

Yummy.....please save some!

No need for rice here, i can drink it up :)

and that rainbow splash in the header.....refershing!

Linda said...

oh yum, yum... I might try this one in the morning as I have some cooked dal in the fridge -- thanks Trupti! :)
BTW love those bowls!

Coffee said...

Perfect!!!!!! :)

Try adding peanut before you put it to boil.... adds a nice flavour :)

dhanya said...

Your daal & coffee's khichadi kadi....YumOYum!!..Im a gr88 fan of those:))New look...gr888 trupti...Hey but the music is getting stuck in between.

Vcuisine said...

Such a comfort and homely dish Trupti. You can drink as is :) Nice. Viji

sunita said...

We do consume quite a lot of dal of all varieties...your's looks so nice in that equally nice serving dish...

Sharmi said...

Hi Trupti, came to know through pooja's blog that your kids are not doing well. Hope they re dong better now. I know how it feels when kids get sick. the whole house becomes a big mess. My love and hugs to them

take care

Manasi said...

Aaah.. simple comforting daal! Too good!

Pooja said...

oh dear ! what a perfect gujarati recipe of our beloved Dal. you know something when even i met any non-gujarati people around anywhere , one thing all know is - we gujarati make sweet dals. :) .
so its so widely spreaded among all non-gujju people too.
keep the gujarati series going on. i love it .
hows you and kids now?
take care dear.

Seema said...

This daal looks so much like our rasam except for the recipe. What is Kokum? and yeah adding peanuts is so new to me. Will have to try out this gujarathi daal soon.

Anonymous said...

great stuff, protein. Cant wait for the nankhatai.


Mishmash ! said...

Trupti, this evening I tried ur recipe (dal) and had with chappathi for dinner....I have never tasted authentic gujarati dal,so really dont know how it tastes like, but whatever I made following ur recipe, tasted good :)Towards the end, it got addictive and i was almost drinking it ;)but guess what I forgot to add the grated ginger towards the end ;)
A Hug for u :)

vasilisa said...

I've really got to conquer my pressure cooker now. (It's noise really scares me.)

How long do you cook the dal for in the cooker? (Cause you can't open the cover to check softnes, right?)

Roopa said...


nice template and color,
Daal looks very healthy.
We make a similar rasam called as bele saaru/rasam.

trupti said...

thanks guys for all your comments! glad you all like the new look..I agree, its much fresher,and calmer than the brooding dark one....

Reena: yes, I'll post a picture soon.

Mallika: yep toor/tuvar are the same.

Mishmash...thank you! I am so glad you tried it...hugs to you too!

Vasilisa: hi!! I'd say just keep it on until the pressure cooker regulator hisses 2-3 times...depending on how fast your cooker is, 2-3 times should do it.
take care!

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi Trupti,
What is kokum? Haven't heard of it. Dal looks delicious.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Love the daal. Always on the lookout for more daal recipes. Will try this out!


ServesYouRight said...

Tuvar dal - Glory be!

I have often wondered what mysterious ingredients make Gujrati tuvar dal so delicious. I think it may be the combination of jaggery and kokum. Thank you for sharing :-)


Priyanka said...

Hey Trupti,
First time on your blog. Love the gujju recipes. i am a maharashtrian but from gujarat. I have never been able to make the gujarati daal that they make at the weddings. Can you please post the recipe for it on your blog? by the way, your kids are very cute.

Priyanka said...

thanks a lot for the input. i will try making it the next time. i am in fort lauderdale, half an hour from miami.

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