Saturday, February 16, 2008

Daal Paratha with Kakdi Nu Raitu ~ My Gujarati Plate!

My first exposure to gujarati cuisine came during my college days. This is where I learnt about the different and cultural variations of each state. As I had reminisced in past posts, my group was a mixture of many states. And one was my gujju friend J She was the only child of a lovely couple and she was such a sweet girl. This was their first stay in Madras, as Uncle was posted down south for the very first time. I don't really remember the first year at college as I was in a different world all together. But it helped having my family friend being my classmate. I just hanged on, with the crowd she was moving. And she was pretty close to J. J was a pretty girl with long hair. So long a hair, it had to be seen to believe. And she used to have so much difficulty maintaining it. Though she was bent on styling it differently, her parents were against it. And when I remember her, its her hair and her mom's wonderful gujarati dishes that comes to mind. College days got us close, and we ended up going to each one's place for lunch during our summer holidays. When we landed at J's place, we had so much fun cos I was traveling to those parts after a long time. And it helped refreshing my mind.

Her mom prepared awesome lunch for us. One of the dishes that she made was Rajma Masala. It was just so yummy and I wrote down the recipe to try later. Though I tried it couple of times, it wasn't same as Aunty prepared. We spent the entire evening and with reluctant heart, to end the fun, we returned home. I can still close my eyes and remember that delicate aroma coming out of the Rajma Masala. Though we kept in touch for a while after college, we lost touch as we moved on with our life. Oh how I wish those days come back, even if its a college I never wanted to go in the first place, that's the only thing that ever happened. I wish I would be given a chance to do it all over. But life, I guess offers us a different plate than what we want and it always leaves us wanting and longing, for something that never happens as such. I have been back to my college couple of times again, but I always get back with a sense of pang.

Since gujarati food is something I have enjoyed, I wanted to prepare something this month for RCI. So I googled and got a handful of them. I will be trying to prepare them in batches. I mixed and matched the main and accompaniment. This first set came out well. They are for keepers. Hubby dear and Athamma liked the paratha and wanted it to be included in the to do again list. The cucumber raitha is something we always make, though this has few ingredients more.


Daal Paratha

Ingredients needed

Wheat flour - 3 cups
Salt to taste

For the filling

Yellow moong dal - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Asafoetida a pinch
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Method to Prepare

Knead the atta to a soft dough. Keep aside.

Pressure cook the moong dal with enough water for 3 whistles or till its cooked

Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida. Once they pop up, add the cooked dal, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and mix well.

Cook until the dal mixture is dry. Let it cool.

Divide this into equal parts, Follow the same method that followed for a stuffed paratha. Roll out each one

Heat a tawa, smear with oil and cook the daal ka paratha on both sides by adding oil.

Serve daal paratha hot with Kakdi Nu Raitu and Avvakkai Achar.

This combination was Ultimate. The spicy dal stuffing went well with the cool cucumber Raita.


Kakdi Nu Raitu
Ingredients needed

Cucumbers - 1 medium
Curds/ Yogurt - 200 gms
Coriander leaves chopped - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chillies - 1
Roasted Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

Method to prepare

Peel and grate the cucumbers. Chop coriander and chillies to fine pieces.

Beat the curds to a smooth texture. In a bowl, take everything and mix well

Serve chilled.with Daal Parathas along with your choice of Achar! Mine has always been Avvakkai.

My gujarati plate is being sent to Mythili who is hosting the RCI themed on Gujarati Cuisine this month.

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14 comments :

Happy cook said...

Gujurathi food id new to me. The parathas looks delicious.

sra said...

Valli, I'm yet to eat a daal paratha! I'm not sure about mung dal but many immigrant Indian communities have chana dal parathas as one of their staple foods.

Vcuisine said...

Lentil with wheat make a wholesome meal Valli. Nice one. Viji

Kalai said...

Have never made gujurati food, but this paratha looks great! Never thought of using dal as a filling, but this would be tasty and healthy. Thanks for sharing! :)

Sagari said...

dal paratha is very new to me, thanks for sharing

Suganya said...

I make dal paratha, by mixing leftover sambar to the dough :)

priyaskitchen said...

Hi....aha..having been in Gujarat in all my life..gujarati food is my all time favourite ...

vimmi said...

Hi Srivalli,

M mom mixes leftover dals with aata and makes parantha. Dal paranthas taste great, dont they.

Sig said...

I have never cooked Gujju food... i need to go online and find some recipes too... the parathas have come out very well. Have a great weekend Srivalli!

Uma said...

Nice entry. Looks so yummy.

Homecooked said...

This really looks simple and nutritious.Thanks for the lovely recipe.

Sia said...

valli, i really like the idea of using dal for stuffing. gujju food is my all time fav:)

Shweta said...

That is yummy! I normally knead daal in the paratha dough, have never used it as a filling. I'll have to try this soon. It looks lovely!
Just realized your dining set is same as my mom's :)

Srivalli said...

Happy cook, thank you..you should try these..they are quite simple to make

sra, yeah..thats prepare the same way too..

Viji, yes it was very filling, thank you

Kalai, then you should start with this simple one...

Sagari, you are welcome

Suganya, yes thats the best way to make

priya, thats nice to know..I love gujju food

vimmi, yes agreed with you

Sig, then you should try this..very tasty..thank you

Uma, glad you like it

Homecooked, thank you.. thanks for dropping by

Sia, thanks..me too

Shweta, thats nice to know...:D

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