Thursday, July 11, 2013

MITHA DALI(SWEET LENTIL)

MITHA DALI is one of the "MAHAPRASAD" which offered to lord Jagannath(Jagannath temple,Puri) in his madhyanha dhupa(midday meal served to lord).Mitha dali is prepared by mixed dal(mix with toor and chana) cooked with jaggery,bay leaf,coconut and tempted with ghee and panchu phutan.This is my mom's recipe,she learned this recipe from one of her relative who lives in Puri(Near Jagannath Temple).I tried it first time at home and it turned out to be delicious.Thanx mom for such a wonderful & delicious recipe.



INGREDIENTS:-

Chana dal-1 cup
Toor Dal-1 cup
Turmeric powder-1 tsp
Jaggery or Sugar-2 tbsp (or as per ur taste)
Salt to taste

FOR PASTE:

Freshly grated coconut-1/4 cup(you can also use frozen and dried coconut)
Cinnamon stick-1"
Cardamom Pod-2
Cloves-4
Peppercorns-1 tsp
Coriander seeds-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Fennel seeds-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
water-1/4 cup(I used dried coconut that's why i used hot water)

FOR TEMPTING:

Ghee-1 tbsp
Panchu phutan-2 tsp(Cumin Seed,Mustard Seed,Fennel Seed,Fenugreek Seed,Black cumin seed)
Dry red chili-2
Grated ginger-1 tsp
Bay leaf-1
Asafetida-a pinch

Method:

1-Wash and soak all the dal(lentils) for about 20-30 minutes.
2-Mix all the ingredients of paste with water.Let it soak for 5-6 minutes and paste until it is a rough paste.Add more water if required.
3-In a pressure cooker add soaked lentils,paste,turmeric,salt,jaggery or sugar and 4 cups of water.Cook till 2 whistles or the dal(lentils) are done.
4-In a pan heat ghee,add dry chili,panchu phutan and bay leaf,when they begin to pop.Add grated ginger and asafetida powder.Mix well and fry 15-20 secs.
5-Pour them into the cooked dal(lentils) and adjust salt and jaggery or sugar if needed.
6-Now your mitha dali(sweet lentil) is ready to serve.Serve with kanika(pulao) or ada hengu khichdi.


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