Dal ka Dulha is such an interesting recipe from UP and Bihar. I was really fascinated when I saw this in the show Northern Flavours- Doosra Tadka by Chef Ajay Chopra. Small flower shaped dumplings made with wheat flour are cooked with lentils. It makes a complete meal on its own.
This month our group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is doing the Bihar Cuisine. My partner of the month is Aruna Panangipally who blogs at - Aharam Do visit her space and check out her delicious recipes. Aruna gave me whole wheat flour and cumin seeds as the 2 secret ingredients and I got the opportunity to make Dal ka Dulha.
So here is the recipe..
For making Dulha:
Whole wheat flour .... 1 and 1/2 cups
Carom seeds / ajwain .. 1/2 tsp
Salt .......... to taste
Toor dal ..... 1 cup
Tomato ....... 1 small
Tamarind juice ... 2-3 tbsps
Green chillies ... 1 chopped finely
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder ... 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves .. handful
Cumin seeds ... 1 tsp
Asafoetida ...... 1 pinch
Red chillies .... 1 or 2 broken
Garlic ............ 2 cloves crushed
Oil .or ghee .............1-2 tbsps
Soak dal for couple of hours. Cook it in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water, tomato and a little turmeric powder.
Knead the wheat flour adding the carom seeds, salt and enough water to make a soft dough.
Take a small portion of the dough and roll out a chapati.
Using a cutter or a lid cut out roundels.
Now do the same with other two edges to make it like a small flower like dumpling. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Now dilute the boiled dal adding some water and tamarind juice. Check the salt and add if required.
Heat oil in a small pan and add the tempering ingredients.
Add this tempering to the boiling dal and save a spoonful for garnishing
Garnish with a little tempering and coriander leaves in individual serving plates.
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Recipe Credits- Chef Ajay Chopra
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