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Easy Dhokar Dalna

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This is a very tasty recipe made of bengal gram (lentil). It is so tasty that you will be surprised and that is why the name. It is by itself a whole meal. Try it today.
Ingredients
  Bengal gram 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 2 Pinch
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Water 6 Cup (96 tbs)
  Bay leaf 3
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Potato 2 Medium, each cut into 8 small pieces
  Ghee/Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Adjust Amount If Needed)
  Cooking oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Adjust Amount If Needed)
  Salt To Taste
Directions

1. To prepare the Dhokas (fried lentil chunks), use ingredients from Bengal Gram to water. Rest of the ingredients is for the dalna (curry).

2. STEPS TO MAKE THE DHOKA: Wash and soak Bengal gram in six cups of water for about 4 to 6 hours. Drain water and grind in a mixer to a paste.

3. Heat two tbsp each of oil and ghee. Add asafetida, one tsp ginger paste, one tsp red chili powder. Pour the ground dal, salt, sugar and cook till soft but not fully dried.

4. Smear ghee (or butter) in a dish. Pour the cooked dal and spread evenly on the dish. Press lightly. Cool and cut the dhoka into cubes of one inch.

5. Heat two tbsp oil and fry the dhokas to light brown. Remove and keep aside.

6. Add little more oil to fry the potatoes, mixed with 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Fry till light brown. Keep aside.

7. STEPS TO MAKE THE DALNA: Heat two tbsp oil and one tbsp ghee. Add half tsp cumin seeds, bay leaf. Fry for a minute till it stops spluttering.

8. Add turmeric, red chili powder, and one tsp of grated ginger. Fry in medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes adding little water as required to prevent sticking.

9. Once the oil starts coming out, add two cups of water. Add the fried dhokas, and potatoes. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes.

10. Serve hot with steamed basmati rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Bengali
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Spicy
Feel: 
Rich
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Curry
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Lentil
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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