Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Arahar dal with raw papita

In my native place in MP,we had this beautiful papita tree which yielded very good variety of papita. It produced so much,that we used to distribute them to our neighbours as well as give away to our maids. This dal recipe were made with freshly harvested papita.Such experiences are no more possible now,when staying in a metro city means living in flats. Sigh!!
Anyways,whenever I visit my parents or even my in-laws, I try making this recipe by first plucking a papaya from tree. This recipe mainly belongs to my Mom,who eats only this recipe of dal,hahaha,she is a fussy eater :-)


1. Arhar dal - 1 cup(100gms approx)
2. Raw papaya - 500gms (diced)
3. Tomato - 1 no medium
4. Turmeric powder - 3/4 tsp
5. Salt to taste

Boil the dal in a pressure cooker with all the above ingredients until done.

For tempering

1. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
2. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
3. Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
4. Whole dry red chilly - 3 nos
5. Asafoetida (heeng)  -  1/2 tsp( depending upon the sharpness,I used Ramdev hing)
6. Garlic chopped - 2 tsp
7. Desi ghee -1 tsp(add more if desired,but lesser the better for calorie conscious)
8. Garlic grass for garnishing(optional,can use coriander leaves instead)
9. Refined oil - 2 tsp


Heat oil in a wok,add garlic and fry till golden brown,then add mustard seeds,coriander seeds,cumin seeds,fry till they start changing colour.tear the red chilly and add along with asafoetida into the oil. Pour in the dal and boil for few seconds . Switch off the flame add ghee and stir. Garnish with garlic grass/coriander leaves and serve hot.

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