30 Jun 2010

"Accha telugu bhojanam" in Switzerland

Now that my cooking is done for today's afternoon, I am now eagerly writing the post for the mouth watering delicious dal of Andhra pradesh. Simple to make, tasty and filling dal with rice; great to have in the afternoon !

My friend had a problem with the electric heater for cooking, and she was using her new rice cooker which wasnt so great to cook dals to the mushy consistency. While chatting with her she just told me that she is craving to eat dal and she offered me to make the dal at my place. I readily agreed since I had once tasted that yummy dal of hers. I was getting restless as evening approached, finally she came home with all the ingredients in the cooker ready to be cooked.

Now let me just give the recipie before I forget the steps .....hehe :P

My friend made a spinach dal, we can just about add any veggies like brinjal, turnip, the other leafy vegetables.
We need the following for three persons

Tuar dal - 1 cup
Spinach (frozen) - 2 cubes (2"x2"x2")
Onions (medium size) - 2
Tomato (big) - 1
Green chilli - 1 chopped (My friend reduced the number for us, I think this can be made the optional ingredient)
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Tamrind - 1 small gooseberry sized ball soaked in water

For seasoning
Garlic chopped - 4 cloves (the chinese garlic)
Mustard - 1/3 tsp
Cumin - 1/3 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

1. Chop the onions, tomatoes coarsely, add them in the cooker along with the washed dal, turmeric powder, spinach (you can directly place the 2 frozen spinach cubes in the cooker) and chilly. This must be cooked to a mushy consistency and mashed nicely after opening the cooker.

2. Now heat oil in a pan for seasoning add the mustard, cumin and chopped garlic and fry for a minute then add this to the hot cooked dal.

4. Add also the tamarind juice to the dal mix well and heat the dal for around 5-6 mins. Serve hot with rice.

Spinach dal, rasam, rice and some panfried cumin papad

Wow what a dinner we had had that night !!!!!!!

I need to end this post, with the taste of the dal still lingering in my tastebuds...........

Thanks for visiting my blog :)


  1. Dear,

    Thanks for talking my dish to a blog.

  2. Abhi's Mom
    Looking yummy, missing different tastes from my lovely daughter's kitchen

  3. It was very tasty... But, could not get the same taste as Ramya makes.. :( May be she is not telling us her secret ingredient.. :D


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