Monday, March 2, 2009

Masala dal & Broccoli N Potato in black pepper sauce

I am sure like me you also are in search for some simple and easy to cook recipes to make our daily meals something enjoyable. Today I would like to share with you some simple, easy to cook recipes which make your meal simply divine. Masala Dal and Broccoli N Potato in Black pepper sauce with chapati, a comfort food for anybody............
This masala dal recipe, I tried from this cooking site(Daawat) and I just fell in love with this dal.

Ingredients for Masala Dal :

Toor dal (split gram) : 1 cup
Onions : 2 (medium)
Garlic : 3-4 cloves
Ginger : 1 "
Tomato : 2 (medium)
Green chilli : 1 ( chopped)
Turmeric Powder : 2 tsp.
Red chilli powder : 2 tsp.
Coriander powder : 2 tsp.
Cumin powder : 1 tsp.
Butter or Oil : 2 tblsp.(tablespoon)
Cardamoms & cloves : 3 of each
Cinnamon : 1 (1")
Salt to taste
A bunch of coriander leaves

Method :
  • Soak the dal in hot water for about 30-45 minutes. Boil it in the pressure cooker for only two whistles. It should be just boiled and not too soft. In the blender, grind together 1 onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, coriander leaves and tomatoes. Set aside.
  • Heat oil or butter in a pan, add cinnamon, cardamom & cloves, wait till they turn brown, then add the other onion sliced in it. Fry till brown, add grounded masala, adding all the powdered spices in it and salt. Stir fry well adding little water. The trick to get this dal very tasty, fry the masala well in low flame for about 5-7 minutes.
  • When all the water evaporates and oil seperates from the masala, pour boiled dal in it and 1/2 cup hot water to make gravy. Add salt to taste. Boil for a while to get your required consistency. Masala dal is ready..........

Serve hot with roti, paratha, or plain rice and papad. I prefer this delicious dal with some spicy vegetable dish. I will share that, too. This is my mom's one of the unique recipes which I learnt from her and still couldn't forget the yummy taste of it.
Broccoli N Potato in black pepper sauce
My mom used to make this with potato only, but I like to add some green vegetable with it. I am a green vege fan :-)

Ingredients :
Baby potatoes or plain potato : 7-10 pieces
Broccoli : few florets (big pieces0
Black pepper powder : 4-5 tblsp.(tablespoon)
Ginger paste : 2 tblsp.
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp.(teaspoon)
Salt to taste
Oil : 3 tblsp.

Method :
  • If you're using baby potatoes, then use as whole, otherwise cut in medium size pieces. Boil them until tender not too soft. Cut the broccoli florets in big chunks and cook in microwave until nearly done. It takes about 5-7 minutes in High.
  • Heat Oil in a pan, add ginger paste and turmeric powder. Stir fry for a minute and then add black pepper powder mixed with 1/4 cup hot water. Cook for 4-5 minutes until oil seperates. Then add potatoes and broccoli florets. Mix well with the masala paste, add salt to taste.
  • Cook in low flame uncovered for 2-3 minutes. You are done.
Wasn't it easy to cook and something different..............I am sure you all will love this.
I am sure these easy to follow recipes are just perfect for this
nice event "Recieps for rest of us : Dinner" at
Siri's Corner, which is initiated by Ramki
Of One page Cookbook. So sending them to you, Siri...........

And only Broccoli n Potato in black pepper sauce goes to "Think spice : Think Pepper" event hosted
this month by Divya Vikram of Dil Se. This nice event was originally started by Sunita of Sunita's World.


Sharmila said...

Indrani ... amar makha makha aloor torkari te pepper powder khub bhalo lage. Both the dishes sound wonderful.

Anonymous said...

i guess i can easily substitute broccoli with cauliflower and yet be able to churn out a lovely dish isnt it?
i love to eat dal,rice ,subzi and roti combo,it gives me a feeling of having ate PROPERLY ;-)

Bong Mom said...

Aloo-Brocolli besh bhalo lagche ar dal er sathe to kathai nei

TNL said...

Looks so good...I am loving the idea of black pepper in this...


the spice who loved me

Indrani said...

Thanks, sharmila..try both of them
Alka, you can surely try with cauliflower..I'm sure it'll taste great
thanks, Sandeepa, for visiting my blog
Thanks, trupti...try both of them sometime..

Adlak's tiny world said...

nice platter and perfect for dinner... i m on the way

Lakshmi said...

I loved the potato broccoli dish, you can send this to Think SPice event also, just don't remember who is hosting it.

Indrani said...

thnaks, hema..go try and tell me if you liked it or not

Thanks, lakshmi..I'll surely send it

Unknown said...

Loved the combination of potato and broccoli, unique and yum !

Indian Khana said...

The platter looks so the aloo & broccoli with pepper a lot.....

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Unknown said...

Love the black pepper sauce.Thanks for sending it to Think Pepper event!

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