Sunday, November 16, 2008


A gujarati thali is never complete without a lentil, that is often cooked dry. It is called "khathor" or dry lentils. Green moong, red gram dal, black chana are some of the common pulses that are cooked and served up with other dishes like tuhar dal, kadi, raita, etc.

I simply love the look of the entire thali (plate) lined with small katoris or bowls, filled with such delicacies and then the thin tastes so good.

My husband is a Gujarati, so after marriage there was a lot to learn from my mother in law. the traditional recipes, the staples and all that my husband liked. It is actually fun learning all that special stuff and adding your own little twist.

This recipe is something we both love. Its healthy, good source of protein, and if there is extra there is so much one can do with it. Here you go, RECIPE MARATHON DAY 16

You will need

  • red gram dal (moth dal)- 1 cup
  • cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
  • whole red chilly-1-2
  • bay leaves (tej patta)-1
  • ginger-1/2 tsp green chillies-
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder-
  • 1/2 tsp jeera dhania powder-
  • 1/2 tsp asefotida (hing)-a pinch
  • dried parsley (ajwain)-1/4th tsp
  • lemon juice-1 tsp
  • coriander

You have to

  1. soak the red gram over night. wash and microwave for 15 minutes.if you dont have a microwave pressure cook it just for one whistle. (the lentils should be soft and retain their shape)
  2. heat oil in a kadai. add the cumin seeds, red chilli (whole), bay leave and hing.
  3. once the cumin seeds get roasted add the boiled lentil.
  4. add the salt, jeera dhania powder (cumin and corainder powder), red chilly powder and the ajwain. mix it all up.
  5. add little water and cover and cook for 5 mins.
  6. Add lemon juice. garnish with corainder.

enjoy it with kadi, and rice.

LEFTOVER IDEAS: these taste very good while making behl, or making pani puri. add the moth to the puri. tastes great like a salad with added cucumbers, onions, red tomatoes. etc.

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G.Pavani said...

ooh..looks spicy n healthy snack

karuna said...

thnx pavani

Bhawana said...

this looks yuuuumy Karuna. I wud love it. let me try this once and come back to u soon.

Ramya said...

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Usha said...

Love this, I am always looking for recipes using lentils and normally love most Gujarati dishes, will definitely give this a try soon :-)

Madhu said...

I like cooking with Small dals like this..nice recipe Karuna.

Medhaa said...

I remember having this at my friends place its just delicious

Lisa said...

This is pure comfort food. Such a lovely preparation.

Anonymous said...

karuna this all looks so nice...on my last visit to thailand i had a gujrati thali in a had a lot of dishes...if you can pls post the names of all the dishes that go in a proper gujrati thali..thank you so much

Anonymous said...

why do you have ginger and g.chilies in the ingredient list of this recipe? said...

This won't succeed as a matter of fact, that's exactly what I consider.

Anonymous said...

oh my goodnes... i luv dis ... i want to cri