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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Jeera rice & Panchmela dal

                                           Jeera rice & Panchmela dal

                                                                           This is an awesome combo that we prefer on lazy days  & the Panchmela dal was introduced to me by a friend of mine ,RETHISH .G.PRABHU who lives in Bombay,through a dear food group Konkani Khann Anik Jevan
{ }  where both of us are members.I take this opportunity to thank rethish annu for sharing such an awesome recipe with us all.

Ingredients for Jeera rice

Cooked raw rice or basmati rice- 1 cup
Salt to taste

For seasoning

Ghee-1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/jeera/nalla jeerakam-1 tsp
Cinnamon-1 " piece
Bay leaf-1


1.Take cooked rice in a wide vessel and spread well with a fork.

2.Now let us make the seasoning.

3.For that heat a tablespoon of ghee in a tadka pan ,once it is hot add in the cumin seeds and allow them to pop up.Once done add in the cinnamon,cloves,bay leaf and saute for a minute or two.Be careful not to burn the cumin seeds.(low flame is preferable)

4.Add this seasoning into the rice and toss well.

 5.Our JEERA RICE is ready.Now let us make the Dal..!!

Ingredients for Panchmela Dal

Panchmela dal-1/3 cup {serves-2)
Oil/Ghee- 1tbsp
Cumin seeds-1tsp
Garlic-4-5 pods
Dry red chilly-2 small size
Curry leaves-a handful
Onion-2-3 medium size
Tomato-1 medium size
Water as per the gravy requirement

Cilantro to garnish(in the picture you won't see the cilantro as it was out of stock, i have not added them)

Spice powders used

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder- 1 - 2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 -2 tsp
Garam masala-1 tsp +1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


1.Soak  dal overnight and next day wash it thoroughly and pressure cook and keep them aside.

2.Heat ghee/oil in a kadai/pan ,once it is hot add in the cumin seeds,dry red chillies,curry leaves and saute them for  a minute or two.

3.Time to add in the finely chopped ginger,garlic and onions.Saute till the onions are soft and translucent.

4.Add in the finely chopped tomatoes along with little salt.Cook till they are mushy.

5.Add the spice powders one by one and mix them well.Cook till the mixture begins to come together.

6.Pour in the cooked and lightly mashed dal/lentils along with the water used for cooking them.

7.Add salt to taste & Bring it to a boil.Check for salt and other spice powders.Feel free to add in the spice powders according to the taste of your family members.

8.Just before you switch off the flame sprinkle  1/2 tsp of  garam masala and if you have cilantro add finely chopped coriander leaves and garnish the Panchmela dal..


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