With so many food blog events going on , If you are making any dish at home I think it will suit to one or many of the ongoing events :) . Thats what exactly happened to me, while I was planning to make Daal bati.
The idea of making it started with movie" Jodha-Akbar" , it reminded me of how much we used to enjoy Daal bati dish in India at "Sanjha Chulha " restaurant ,which was famous for its Daal bati . Now here , no luck so far to have such delightful dish to enjoy ready made from some restaurant. So I thought to give it a try . And there was RCI-Rajasthan announced then , not only that , it perfectly suits to the idea behind this book makes me cook event of bhags :) .
This Daal Bati is one of some dishes which Maalika-E- Hindustand Jodha made for Jalaluddin Mohammed Akbar in movie " Jodha-Akbar".
I googled for its recipe and recalled some tastes from memories,wnet through some blogs and added my style to make it and here it is. A most famous Rajasthani dish to enjoy that too homemade.
Here is my recipe to make it.
For Dal :
3/4 cup Moong Dal (split green gram )
1/4 cup chana dal
1 tsp oil
1/2 mustard seeds ,
1 tsp cumin seeds,
a pinch of turmeric powder,
a pinch of asafoetida.
coriander leaves to garnish.
salt to taste.
For Baati :
2 cup whole wheat flour
salt to taste
3-4 tsp oil to knead the dough
1 tsp Ajwain(Beshop's seeds)
Wash moong dal and chana dal together and cook them adding water and a pinch of turmeric powder until it is mushy. Keep aside . Knead the dough of Baati.
First add salt and oil to flour mix it well , and then by adding little amount of water at a time . Knead dough , take care that it should not be soft as we make for chapati or paratha. The dough for the baati is not a very smooth dough, even while shaping into balls the surface will not be extremely smooth. The cracks that form while shaping the dough are characteristic of traditional baati.
I made baatis even more small so that it can easily cook till middle. Traditionally it is little bigger , as they cook it in Tandoor or real wood fire of chulha specially made to cook baatis.
Cover with a damp cloth till they are ready to go into the oven, so as to prevent the outer surface from drying. Preheat oven on 350 F . I placed baati directly on oven rack . Turn it around when little brown on one side. Cook it until it is lightly golden brown in color. it normally takes 15-20 minutes at 380 F.
For making Daal for dal bati. Take 1 tsp oil in pan . When hot add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida to it. Add boiled Moong and chana dals to it adding 2 cups of water. Add salt to it and cook it till it reach to desired consistency . I like it little thick , so cooked for some more time.
When done garnish with fresh chopped and washed coriander leaves. Serve with fresh made Baati .
To eat this - break baatis into pieces , pour little ghee on it it will give you a nice flavor and baatis will turn little soft. some like to add little shredded jaggery on it (which is a optional step ) and then daal. mixit well and eat till your soul gets satisfied with the this nice aromatic dish :D.
I never thought that making "Dal Baati" can be this easier at home. When you avoid the amount of Ghee they use, it makes a very healthy dish too :).
A friend is visiting us with her little angle , which tempts me to spend more time with them. Due to which My blog was little ignored for last 2-3 days. I hope to make my next post with some really nice treat for your eyes soon . Till then take care and have fun time enjoying good weather if its not already raining there ;) he he he :P .