Thursday, January 20, 2011

દાળ બાટી

This is originally Rajasthani Dish, but we make it quite often, especially in winter. My mom learnt how to make Dal Bati and became pro. Then she introduced it to our family friends and after that we used have one get together of about 30 people at least once a year just for this dish. There are different ways to make Bati, you can boil them, fry them or bake them. Ideal way is to cook them in Tandoor. Dal is also combination of several dals. In India, we get a readymade pack of mixed dal. If I do not have ready pack, I use equal quantities of તુવેર દાળ, ચણા દાળ, સાદી મગ દાળ and મગની ફોતરાવાળી દાળ and half quantity of મસૂર દાળ and અડદ દાળ.

My mom sent mixed dal packet in the parcel, which I received just last week. I was just waiting for the weekend to make Dal Bati.

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 45 Minute + soaking time
Cooking Time: 45 Minute

For Dal,
1 cup mixed dal
1 tsp oil
A whole red chili
1 medium onion (optional)
1 tsp ginger paste
½ tsp green chili paste
2-3 cloves of garlic
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of asafetida
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp dhaniya powder
½ tsp garam masala
1 tbsp jaggery
2 pc આમ્બોળિયા
Coriander leaves for garnishing

For Bati,
2 cup whole wheat chapatti flour
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ajwain
¼ tsp baking powder

Ghee to serve

Procedure for Bati
1. Put the flour in a cloth and tie it from all sides
2. Put this bundle in pressure cooker such a way that it does not touch water at the bottom (Use stand) and pressure cook it (4 whistles)
4. Take out the flour and sieve it while hot (That makes job easier) so there are no lumps
5. Add all spices and knead a soft dough (Softer than puri but harder than chapatti)
6. Make smooth balls and bake them at 350 F for 30 minute or until knife comes out clean

Procedure for dal
1. Soak dal for at least 2-3 hours
2. Add salt, turmeric powder and આમ્બોળિયા and pressure cook it
3. Heat oil in skillet, add dried red chili, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafetida
4. Add chopped onion, chopped garlic and chili-ginger paste
5. Pour dal and add remaining spices and bring it to boil
6. Garnish with coriander leaves

How to serve
1. Break bati into small piece and pour warm ghee
2. Mix well, pour Dal and serve hot

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