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My kids are not overtly fond of Rice. The prefer Chappatis. The few times that they do relish rice is when I cook a north indian dal to go along with it. Todays special was a combination of 5 dals to make Panchratna dal. Adapted this recipe from The kids loved it and so did everyone else at home!

This is what you’ll need

Whole udad dal: 1/4cup

Whole moong: 1/4cup

Tuar dal: 1/4cup

Chana dal: 1/4cup

Masoor dal: 1/4cup

Onions: 2

Tomatoes: 2

Green chillies: 3

Ginger: 1tsp (grated)

Turmeric powder: 1/2tsp

Chilli powder: 1/2tsp

Coriander powder: 1tsp

Garam masala: 1/2tsp

Ghee: 2tsp

Cumin seeds: 1tsp

Hing (asafoetida): 1/2tsp

Coriander leaves: To garnish

Salt to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Wash the dals and soak together for 2 hours.

2. Pressure cook with salt and turmeric powder. Keep aside.

3. Chop the onions, tomatoes and green chillies finely.

4. Heat the ghee in a pan and season with cumin seeds and hing.

5. Add the grated ginger and onions. Saute until the onions are brown.

6. Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, coriander powder and cook until the tomatoes are pulpy.

7. Pour in the dal (that has been mashed slightly earlier) and mix well. Add a little water to bring it to a creamy consistency.

8. Add the garam masala and bring the dal to a boil.

9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or rotis.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 40 minutes (excluding the dal soaking time)

Serves: 4

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