Here I am presenting to you Indrani who owns the very popular blog Recipe Junction . I am sure many of you already know about her and her blog as she is a veteran in this field. She has more that 200 recipes in her website and blogs with a lot of passion. She is a homemaker and mother to three lovely kids..so u can imagine that she has her hands full. But she manages everything with a lot of ease. Recently I had met her while she was doing a video shoot and I was so impressed to see how meticulously she had packed and got all the ingredients and stuffs required for the recipe. She had taken care of every little detail and I was so amazed.
Now coming to her recipes..I was spoilt for choice when I had to choose one. I was a difficult task. I however decided to try one of her everyday recipes and give it a little of my personal touch. Dal'er Bora'r Jhol ( Lentil dumplings in a gravy) is an often tried dish in many Bengali households. I have had it on many occasions and loved it. Indrani's blog has a very easy recipe of this dish here , the one I made is very similar with just a addition of few ingredients. This is totally a vegetarian dish and is perfect for days when you are not in a mood to make the usual onion - tomato gravy.
Masoor dal/Red lentil - 1 cup (soaked in warm water for half an hour and then grinded into a smooth paste)
Chopped onion - 1 tbsp
Paanchphoron - half tsp
Cumin paste - 2 tsp
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 medium - chopped
Salt - to taste
Sugar - a pinch
Oil - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 dollop for garnish
Green chillies - 2-3 nos - slit
Take the dal paste , add salt to taste , a pinch of turmeric , the finely chopped onion and coriander. Mix well and keep aside.
In a non stick pan add 2 tbsp oil. Once the oil heats up drop a tbsp of the dal batter into the pan and fry the dumplings. Just like we make pakodas / fritters.
Once they turn a nice golden brown in colour , remove from oil and keep them on a tissue paper so that excess oil is drained out. You could enjoy a couple of these fritters as it is with a cup of tea , they taste awesome.
In another pan heat 1 tbsp oil and splutter tha paanchphoron. Next add the chopped tomatoes , cumin paste, ginger paste, turmeric ,red chilli powder, salt and sugar and mix well.
Fry this masala mix well adding a little water from time to time so that it doesn't burn. Once the mix starts leaving oil on the sides , add a cup of warm water and let the gravy simmer.Once the gravy comes to a boil , add the lentil fritters and let them simmer in the gravy for 2 mins. Garnish with slit green chillies and a dollop of ghee. Serve hot with plain rice.
I hope all of you will try this dish and let me know your feedback. For some great recipes,don't forget to check out Recipe Junction