Monday, November 16, 2009

LenDills


Situation: You greedily buy two bunches of rare dill and look for suitable recipes. Then you find out there isn't much that you can make with the ingredients already at home. By this time, a few days have passed and some of the green dill has begun to yellow. You save what's good, use up some in salads and the rest in dal.


As swiftly as that dal was made, so swiftly is this post being written.

Boil/pressure cook 1 cup of toor dal with a little more than a cup of water and a drop of oil.

Mash with a pinch of turmeric and salt to taste.

Add a cup of dill, cut, and cook for about 5 minutes - if it's too thick, you can add a little water to thin it out.

Heat 1-2 tsp of oil, temper with a tsp of mustard seed, 1/2 a tsp of cumin, 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic

My suggestion is to not overload this dal with too many spices, so that the taste of dill comes through. That's why I haven't added any chilli powder.

This is my entry to MLLA-17, which I'm hosting this month for Susan. I am away for a week but keep those entries coming, I will acknowledge them when I resume blogging.

28 comments:

  1. So where did u buy dill Sra? I had seacrhed enough for it. There were fabulous ecipes in Traladalal's site with Dill...She had made dill rotis, idlis etc. This toor dal looks simple and flavoursome. How did it taste ?

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  2. Happens all the while, i dashed to my refridgerator to use up the methi leaves today after this post!

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  3. On cold weather like this, this soup is perfect!!

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  4. Sra,
    Dill with toor dal looks so good ...Dill..is it "soya patta" in Hindi, that are available in Northern part of India..i have seen people in UP make soya/dill alo ki subzi ..they have it with rotis/parathas ...reminds me of that great smell of freshly made subzi..yum..
    hugs and smiles

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  5. I have nevr used dill with dal, the only time i use dill is when imake fish here. Will soon send your way something for then legume event.

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  6. They are all over here but I don't buy them. Like Nirmala suggests rotis sound like a great idea.

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  7. :)):) Still laughing at the title

    BTW isn't Dill very popular in B'lore ? Hadn't known when I was there but once when I cooked Dal with Dill a year ago, those lost flavors from the PG auntie's house came through

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  8. I have no idea where to find dill in US too....looks like sage to me.

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  9. i'm no fan of dill... but shd try this with some other greens.

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  10. Where did u get dill, i have never used it before. Should try.

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  11. this is such a simple and delicious dish. looks so good :)

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  12. Dill is rare? Oh, I never realized while I was in India since I never cooked.

    My mom and granny made Akki roti with it. Rice flour, tons of dill, onion, jeera, salt - make dough and flatten on tava. Absolutely delicious with some butter/ghee.

    But I'd take this any day for those hips of mine! :) And loved the title. So you!

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  13. OMG OMG! I have tasted this exact dal at a relative's place. I watched her make it while we chatted in the kitchen. It tasted delicious, so I always had it on my list, but I rarely buy dill.

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  14. Dill is lovely in Sai Bhaji....try it!

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  15. Not so rare, Sra....Pazhamudir in Tnagar stocks it year round.....

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  16. dill is one of my fave greens. I usually make kootu or dill flavored akki rotti ..

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  17. Delicious-looking as usual.

    Paz

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  18. That was quick cooking!
    I almost bought dill again, looks so beautiful, so slender and green. Unfortunately, haven't got used to the taste yet. :(

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  19. I have never cooked with dill becoz A does not like it. A friend had made pakora with dill and I liked the flavor.. well kind of. I am still not so sure of myself if I like it. LenDils looks good tho', I like my dals with some green in it rather than plain.

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  20. Perfect soup for this weather. I love the naming LenDills - (smiles)

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  21. Love the name Lendills. Sounds like a bowl of comfort food!

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  22. This must have been a heavenly treat, Sra! Dill ki daal-served over steamed rice with some green chilli achaar, i am so dreaming it (Dill da maamla hai :-D)! Dill is always so refreshing! Oh, and this also reminds me of the masala buns available back home in Bangalore, garnished with a generous quantity of chopped dill leaves! The best treat to go with evening chai/coffee!

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  23. Dill is not an herb I typically associate with Indian cooking, but what do I know? We use it here primarily for fish, sauces, and breads.

    Love "LenDills," BTW. I expect no less of you. ; D

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  24. this looks like a perfect Wintry night soup! I am more of a soup lover too; on many Winter days my dinner is just a pot of soup and a good rusty bread! This one is on my list to try now :) thanks for sharing.

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  25. I just used dill & parsley on my soup too. The soup just came alive with these fresh herbs.

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  26. I love dill on chicken and salmon, it makes a great marinade with lemon and spices. Also, another quick use of dill is to cut it up and mix it with yogurt and salt for a quick salad dressing on crunchy greens like lettuce.

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  27. Clever - LenDills :)
    I'm in for the MLLA.
    I usually add dill in masala vadas and akki rotti.

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  28. i love the aroma of dill..n it's best to add it in the last stage of cooking as you did.
    it is a regular winter dal in our house with more green n less yellow ( it is so freely available here )..
    recently posted a dill n fenugreek curried rice .
    BTW you can freeze them whenever you find them in abundance... they retain the flavor n even the thread like look too.

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