Thursday, October 18, 2007


I called my husband to ask him what he was having for dinner with friends (he was busy finishing a Project for college & would get late), n he said Daal-Chawal, n there was me all alone sitting at home n doing nothing for dinner. I didnt want to be left behind, & therefore decided to make myself a treat - simple but still a treat !!

What I made was - Chana Daal Pulao - the spicy masaledaar version!!!

Ing -
1 glass - basmati rice
1/4 glass - channa daal (split peas yellow)
3 big onions - thinly sliced
1 tomato - chopped finely
4 cardamoms - crushed
1 tspn - jeera / cumin seeds
1 tspn - garam masala
1 tspn - red chilli powder
1 tspn - haldi / turmeric powder
1 tspn butter
1-1/2 glass (the same glass) - water

Method -
Wash & soak the rice for about 10-15 minutes
Wash & soak the daal separately for about 20 minutes
I soaked both of them & meanwhile did the preparations
In a cooker, add some oil
Add the crushed cardamoms & jeera.
After they sputter, add the onions and fry till brown
Add the the tomatoes & fry till the oil separates
Now add the haldi, garam masala & the chilli powder. Fry well
Drain the rice & the daal & add into the cooker.
Fry well, after adding the butter.
Now add water.
Add the salt & put the lid of the cooker
Wait for a whistle & close the flame.
Wait for the steam to pass

Serve with raita & achaar & papad.

I also make this as a very simple Pulao without any masalas, which I will post some time later.


Asha said...

Sounds like great recipe Shella. Dals are always nutritios and makes great Pulao. Happy Dasara!:))

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Shella.....I liked this recipe.....different from the routine and healthful.....will surely try it out dear :-)

sunita said...

I love chana dal...that seems to be an interesting pulao.

Lissie said...

the recipe sounds delicious! i have tried it once years back. should try your version...

Shella said...

Asha - yes and this recipe makes a complete meal. Happy Dashera to you too.

Shirisha - try & let me know how it went

Sunita - it sure is. Worth a try.

Lissie - its easy & doesnt need to much efforts.

Apple said...

Very interesting Shella..Pulao with Chana dal is new to me...would love to try it

Saju said...

nice recipe! 3 onions and all the masala must make it very tasty!

Shella said...

Apple - thanks for dropping by. If its new to you, then it wont be if you make it just once!! You will love it.

Saju - very, very tasty. You absolutely need nothing to go along

Rina said...

This is so unique dear, sure a try.

Shella said...

Rina - yes do try.