Titar Dal/Tetor Dal (Yellow Split Lentil with Bitter Gourd)

‘Titar Dal’ or ‘Tetor Dal’ (Lentil Soup with veggies like ‘Lau’ or ‘Lauki’ or Bottle Gourd and ‘Karela’ or Bitter Gourd) is a preparation that I never seen cooked at our place since childhood. This is a preparation which I tasted many times at one of my Aunt’s place during our visit at Shantiniketan. This preparation is mainly cooked by those who are ‘Bangal’ (from East Bengal or Bangladesh). Since I’m a ‘Ghoti’ (from West Bengal) it is not a very common preparation cooked in ‘Ghoti Bari’.We mainly dry roast ‘Moong Dal’ before cooking else it gives a little slippery…

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Rajasthani Panchmel Dal (Famous Rajasthani Mixed Dal)

I first tasted this ‘dal’ while visiting Rajasthan in a restaurant while having a typical Rajasthani thali. This protein packed ‘dal’ is from the Mewar region of Rajasthan where five different types of lentils are cooked together on slow fire. It is also known as ‘Dal Pancharatna’ in some places. The word ‘Panch’ means five … hence this dal has been named as there are five types of ‘dals’ have been used. Later I found this recipe in a leading newspaper. As per that recipe the five types of ‘dals are’ : Split and skinned Bengal Gram – Chana Dal,…

Lasooni Dal Tadka (Tempered Garlic Flavoured Pigeon Pea Lentil)

‘Lasooni Dal Tadka’ is an easy way of cooking ‘Dal Tadka’ with additional flavors of garlic in it as ‘chaunk’ or tempering. The ‘Lasooni Dal’ is made from Arhar Dal or Tuvar Dal (Pigeon Pea) lentils. Normally I cook ‘arhar dal’ with tempering of asafetida. But for a change tried a new version of it and it came out so well! The ‘dal’ has been tempered two times, first with other spices and masalas and finally with ghee and chopped garlic. If you like flavour of garlic then this is the best ‘dal’ recipe for you.

Mulo Dea Musur Dal (Pink Lentils with Radish)

This is an easy ‘musur dal’ / ‘masoor dal’ or pink lentil recipe and good for everyday cooking. Masoor dal is another dal that is often made in Indian homes especially in Bengali kitchen. There are lots of dals or lentils used in Indian cuisine in a variety of ways. ‘Dal’ is the generic term used for all lentils in India. No meal is complete without a bowl of ‘dal’. I make this ‘Mulo dea Masoor Dal’ mainly in winter as ‘Mulo’ or radish is mainly available in winter. Serve the ‘Mulo dea Musur Dal’ with some steamed basmati rice,…

Prawn Fried Rice

The other day Baba bought some good tiger prawn (shrimp) from fish market. Those were so fresh that I thought of making some Prawn Fried Rice with these fresh shrimps. So at dinner I cooked some Indo-Chinese style fried rice with these tiger prawns . Both dishes turned out very good and tasty. Since I have used freshly bought shrimps I marinated with some lemon juice and salt, later washed it completely before frying. If may use store bought frozen shrimps too. This rice recipe is very easy to cook and at the same time very tasty. It can be…

Chingri Macher Pulao/Prawn Pulao (Prawn Pilaf)

This ‘Chingri Macher Pulao’ or ‘Prawn Pulao’ is my mother’s recipe. When she cooks this ‘pulao’ the sweet aroma of coconut milk, whole garam masala, ghee and of course prawn spreads all over our house. And we eagerly wait to tryout this beautifully flavoured pilaf. Even if you are in diet you will forget everything and gorge into this ‘Chingri Macher Pulao’.I have used shrimps with head for cooking this ‘Pulao’. Because shrimps with heads adds more flavour to the rice. You can use small prawns too in this recipe. I have used ‘Gobindo Bhog Rice’ because it has a…

Butter Naan (Indian Flat Bread with Butter)

I have tried making naan several times using recipes from the internet, cookbooks and cookery shows. But all my attempts flopped and I always ended up with tough, rubbery or partially cooked flour disks. Then one day my cousin Sreya shared me her quick recipe and photos of the naan she made and I decided to give it one last try. Finally, these naans turned out to be so good and soft. Traditionally ‘Naan’ is made in ‘Tandoor’ (Indian traditional clay oven). But I made this Butter Naan in my OTG. It was less just 3-4 minutes for each batch…