STEAMED DUMPLINGS IN HOT LENTIL
Hello and welcome everyone to my cosy cooking space. Today I’ll be sharing a recipe which my mom used to make for us. It has wheat flour dumplings which are dipped in tuar dal tadka. It is tasty, healthy and unique and will be liked by one and all. The dal tadka is mildly spiced and it’s a welcome change from our regular eating styles. So let’s start with it—-
Ingredients:-For the dumplings–
- Wheat Flour – 2 Cups(to make 1 chapati) or 200 gms.
- Water – According to need.
- Fresh Chopped Coriander – 1 cup.
For the dal tadka –
- Pigeon pea dal or tuar dal – 300 gms.
- Chopped Onions -2.
- Chopped green chillies – 3.
- Cumin – 1 tsp.
- Whole Garam Masalas like black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, mace, kokum flowers- 1-2 in number.
- Bay Leaf – 2.
- Salt – According to taste.
- Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
- Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
- Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
- Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
- Asafoetida – A pinch.
- Grated Ginger – A small piece.
- Raisins, Cashews and Peanuts – A handful.
- Tomato Puree – 1 tsp.
- Sugar or Sugar-free – 1 pellet.
- Vegetable oil – 2 tsp.
For Garnishing –
- Freshly chopped coriander.
- Lemon – 1/2 slice.
To make the dumplings first knead the wheat flour adding some freshly chopped coriander in it and make a round chapati of it with a rolling pin. Now giving it any shape like a diamond, square, round or thin strip cut the chapati using a knife or a butter knife.
Wash the toor or pigeon pea dal and pressure cook it till properly done. Mash it up with a masher to get a thick dal.
Now to make the tadka take a kadhai and add some cumin and 1 tsp of vegetable oil to it. When the tempering splutters add a pinch of asafoetida or hing, bay leaves and the whole garam masalas mentioned above. Now add some chopped onions, finely chopped green chillies and fry them till they are half fried. Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder,garam masala and fry again. Now add some tomato puree and fry all. Next add the raisins, cashew and peanuts and add some grated ginger. Let everything cook for a while keeping the dal on a medium flame for five minutes. Lastly add 1/2 tsp of sugar or its substitute i.e,1 pellet of sugar-free.
When the dal is boiling drop the dumplings you just made out of the chapatis in the dal and let it boil in the dal for 15 minutes.
When the dumplings have been on flame for 15-20 minutes with the dal switch off the gas and garnish with some freshly chopped coriander and a dash of lemon juice.
Our tasty one dish awesomeness is ready. Its full of taste and health, a unique traditional gift given to us from the early generations which made them. It is a dish common in Gujarat and Bihar though nowadays it is made in almost every household in India. Serve it with fried veggies, curd or a glass of cold masala buttermilk.
Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback and have a great week everybody. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!