Monday, May 14, 2007

Zucchini Dal

It has been so hot here lately that I haven't had much inclination toiling in a hot kitchen to bring lunch / dinner to the table. Living off sandwiches for a while, bot K and i were craving some good old Indian food. I had a couple of zucchinis in the fridge ... and this dal was created. No masalas (spices) were used and the taste was awesome. Try it out for yourselves.

2 medium sized zucchinis, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
1 cup chana dal
1 small onion, chopped
1 beefsteak or 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
3 green chillies, slit lengthwise
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp ghee
Salt to taste
2 cups water
Chopped coriander / cilantro leaves, to garnish

In a pressure cooker, add dal + tomato + onion + green chillies + 2 cups water + salt. Cook for 2 whistles, remove from heat and keep aside. When the cooker cools down, remove the cover and mix the dal - zucchini once. Put the cooker without the cover on low heat and let simmer.
In a small pan, heat 2 tsp ghee. Add the cumin seeds and chopped garlic. When the garlic begins to turn brown add the tadka to the dal. Mix well, add the chopped cilantro and serve hot with plain rice. Enjoy !

Image courtesy : Food Network


Jyothi said...

Hi Sangeeta, yours Zucchinis Dal looks yummy, have a doubt, till i didnt heard about "Zucchinis", can you please publish a photo and some discription about it....pls....thanks in advance. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful dal recipe.

musical said...

Simple and delightful daal, dear :)

That combination of zucchini and daal is awesome!

Sia's Corner said...

i almost make this dal in a same way except for addition of coconut:) yum, i love coconut;) very comforting dish...

Anonymous said...

Zucchinis new...gotta try it...thanks for sharing

Asha said...

Very easy and delicious.Usually I make it with Massor dal bcos they cook so quickly.Looks delicious Sangeeta.I love Zucchinis too.

trupti said...

How creative to make it a daal....I use Zucchini in place of Lauki with Chana Daal usually....this idea is lovely!

Michel said...

Greetings from Paris!!

I am French in loooove with Indian gastronomy. I will try your zucchini dal soon. Meanwhile, what would be the native Indian veg closest to zucchini? In other words, what Indian recipe can I use from the many cookbooks I bought in India, substituting zucchini for....what????
Does zucchini have a name in India?