Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Muqaish Daal

I am a meat lover by default and because of this I am not much of a daal person but when it comes to Muqaish Daal … I just cant resist it.Its simply that wicked !!

One of my friend asked me about the name .No,it has nothing to do with music. Muqaish (a.k.a  Kamdani) is a kind of embroidery where shiny silver flat metal strip is used to place stipples or dots on varying distance resembling the effect of twinkling stars in the sky. Since this daal is cooked in a way that you end up with pearly white separate grains like stipples…hence the name “ Muqaish Daal ”.
This daal is another express meal … ready in thirty minutes flat from start to finish.Did I mention this daal is so tasty that even the hard core meat lovers ( like me ) wont be able to pass it.

Muquaish daal

What you need :
  • Urad ( Mash) daal : 1 cup (washed and soaked in water for an hour)
  • Water : 1/2 cup
  • Milk : 1/2 cup
  • Salt : 1 tsp ( up to taste )
  • Clove : 2
  • Black cardamom : 1
  • Whole black pepper : 5
  • Cinnamon : 2 small pieces
Tempering ( tadka or baghar ) :
  • Onion : 1 medium ( sliced finely )
  • Whole red chili : 5 - 6
  • Ginger : 2 inch piece ( cut into fine stripes)
  • garlic : 5 - 8 bulbs ( sliced finely )
  • Whole cumin : 1 tsp
  • Green coriander :  3 tbsp ( finely chopped )
  • Oil : 1/2 cup
How to :
  1. Drain the soaked daal.
  2. Mix water,milk and salt. Add in the whole Gram masala.
  3. In a non stick pan … add daal and the milk + water mixture.
  4. Let boil once on high heat and then cover the pan and let cook on medium to gentle heat till the liquid dries up and the daal is tender but not mushy.
  5. Heat oil in another pan. Put sliced onions and whole red chilies and let sizzle for 2 minutes . When the onions begin to get soft and kind of transparent add Green Coriander,Ginger and Garlic.
  6. When you see the onions are about to be golden brown add Whole cumin and let sizzle for a minute.
  7. Pour the Tadka ( along with oil ) onto the cooked daal.
  8. Let cook for two minutes to infuse the tadka .
  9. Muqaish Daal is ready .
  10. Serve with Nan or roti .

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    Notes :
    • You can use also only water ( instead of half water and half milk) for boiling the daal.
    • The water ratio depends on the quantity of daal. Both should be equal. 1 cup daal =1 cup water,2 cups daal = 2 cups water etc.
    • In the end the daal should be thoroughly cooked and tender but not mushy and each grain should be separate ( it wont be Muqaish daal otherwise ). This depends on the pan and the quality of heat so you have to workout on that.
    • There will be a white scum on top while boiling , its normal just leave it like that.It will vanish by the end.
    • A dab of butter on top of daal while serving will make it more delicious.

    Daal plate

    6 comments:

    jamila said...

    well done sadu...raat say sun rahee thee k dal ban rahee hai...anyhow it looks mouth waterin..taste karnay a rahee hun....n sald+roty+dal walee pic is great.nicely served..jaha pana tusii great ho

    Nadia said...

    I love maash ki daal! My mom makes it the same way...so glad to have found your site!

    Sadia Naseeb said...

    @ jamila: Thank you for the filmi tareef ala three idiots :D

    @ Nadia: Thank you for dropping by.I visited your blog and liked it .So about blogging the feeling is mutual.

    Sabera said...

    Sadia, this recipe looks so YUM! I'm going to try it out for sure!

    Yasmeen said...

    This was our family favorite dal with roti.I like all the crispy onion garnish and the mom also used to add lots of mint.:D

    Sadia Naseeb said...

    @sabra: Thank you and let me know how it turn out for you?
    @Yasmeen:This is our family fav too !!

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