Tinday aur Channa dal ki subzi

This one obviously draws inspiration from the kakharu-buta dali tarkari or dalma that is so popular in Odisha. In fact mixing gourds with lentils is common practice and we end up with quite a few combinations that go really well with roti/paratha or even puri !! The cooking process is similar for all recipes and it is a good way of squeezing in some veggies along with all that protein that comes from the lentils.

Read on for this recipe -




















Preparation Time - 20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup channa dal
  • 2-3 medium sized apple gourd (tinday)
  • 1-2 dry red chili
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/5 tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste


Preparation - Wash and soak the channa dal for 2-3 hour so that it gets cooked easily.

Peel and chop the tinday into medium sized pieces. The onion needs to be chopped into small pieces.

Cooking - Wash the channa dal and boil in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Keep aside.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the pancha-phutana, red chillis, cinnamon and bay leaf. Follow with the chopped onion pieces.

Fry till the onions turn translucent. Add the chopped tinda along with a little salt and cook for 5-6 mins till half done.

Add the channa dal, bring to a boil and let it simmer for a few mins or till the vegetable is completely cooked through.

Remove from flame and serve hot with rotis/parathas .



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