Dals are very commonly used in the Indian cuisine. Dal is one of best-known sources of proteins for vegetarians and comes with plenty of other benefits as well. Just like lower cholesterol, keep your heart healthy, dietary fiber in lentils helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders, stabilised blood sugar, lentils are also a good source of iron, lentils are low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still, leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Don’t get bored of following the same recipe every day try something new. Here I am sharing the 11 dal recipes that are popular in Indian cooking-
1. Dal makhani
Dal Makhani is one of the popular dal recipes from Punjab cuisine. This dal makhani recipe is restaurant style and tastes awesome. If you love authentic Punjabi food then you are going to love this dal makhani even more. Must try dish during monsoon and winter, serve a bowl of hot steaming rice with dal makhani you don’t need anything else.
Source: Veg Recipes Of India
2. Cholar dal
Cholar dal is a festive dal that is often made for celebrations in Bengal and this includes the Durga Pooja celebrations. Just like dal makhani is part of every Punjabi wedding or celebration. Similarly, cholar dal is made for special occasions like wedding, festival or a special guest. Must try dish during festivals and Pooja at home.
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3. Darbari Dal
This simple dal made with to over and masoor dals is transformed when curds and cream are added to it. The curd provides the right amount of tanginess and cream makes the dal more creamy and yummy. A perfect dish when the party at home. Serve along with hot rice or paratha.
Source: Tarla Dalal
4. Sindhi Dal
Sindhi cuisine is delightful and those who have had a taste of it will know that there is a great deal of flavour and spice in this cuisine. This Sindhi Dal is the made from chana dal, taste very yummy with all ingredients. Dry mango powder enhances the taste of this dish. Serve along with hot rice or roti.
Source: Sanjeev Kapoor Recipes
5. Pancharatna dal
Panchratna Dal is a Rajsthani cuisine recipe prepared with 5 dals with spices. It is very simple, tasty and yet highly nutrient dal recipe. The perfect combination of 5 dals in one recipe. Serve along with hot roti or rice.
6. Gujarati dal
Easy to make, mildly sweet and sour recipe. The consistency of this dal is thin and has mild sweet and sour taste. The sweetness comes from jaggery and sourness comes from kokum. Kokum is not easily available everywhere, so I suggest to add lime juice or tamarind pulp in the dal. Both the sweetness and sourness can be adjusted as per your taste.
7. Shahajani dal
This dal is named after the Mughal emperor shahajan. A truly magnificent creation, this dal is made with kabuli peas that have been boiled and pureed. Enjoy this dal along with any pulao or parathas in true Mughal style!
8. Dal Amritsari
This is quite a popular dal made and served by a dhaba. The Amritsari dal is made from two lentils whole black gram and split begal gram (chana dal). There are no spice powder or spices added to the dal. A dal bursting with simple rustic flavors and subtle sweetness. The next day the dal taste even more better like the way dal makhani tastes.
9. Cauliflower moong dal
Cauliflower moong dal recipe is a comforting side dish recipe which is also easy to prepare. This recipe has a cooling effect on a body due to moong dal. You can add black pepper powder and lemon juice to enhance the taste of dal. Serve cauliflower moong dal along with pulkas or rice for lunch or dinner.
10. South Indian style lentil and potato stew
This recipe is a very famous side dish for idlis and dosa from the Tanjore region of Tamilnadu. It is a stew made using moong dal and potatoes with the addition of coconut in it. The simplicity of the dish makes it pretty flavourful and a brilliant side dish for any South Indian breakfast recipes. Serve this dal along with steaming hot idlis and crispy dosas for the weekend breakfast.
11. Awadhi style dal masoor musallam
Awadhi style dal masoor musallam recipe is a classic dal preparation from Awadhi cuisine, it is traditionally prepared from the masoor also known as brown lentil. Serve masoor musallam along with hot steamed rice for lunch or dinner.