So the morning started with a phone call to the paediatrician's office. My sporty younger one sprained her ankle somehow and I am glad that it was a long weekend here. Luckily, it was not any major injury but she was advised to take a rest. She was really disheartened that all her plans for the evening went to waste.
With this sudden trip and binge-watching of a gripping thriller on Netflix, we weren't in the mood for any elaborate cooking. After a long time, I saw the man in the house without any laptop or phone. Usually, not even vacations are spared without calls and emails.
The daughter and I were looking for some comfort food. Comfort foods are like soft clouds or blankets and deep down you just want to stay there forever. At home, all of us love Dal ki Dulhan. No, no you are absolutely guessing it wrong! Dal didn't marry someone, it's just that the Pitti is a really good pairing with Dal, so it is called Dal ki Dulhan. If you say it's a beautiful way of eating your everyday Dal and Roti.
Dal ki Dulhan, Dal ki Pitti, or like most the people say Dal Dhokli is a traditional dish of several regions of Bihar and UP. Most of our childhood winter nights were filled with stories and dal ki pitthi. It was a weekly or fortnightly meal growing up and in the brutal winter, that was our definition of comfort food. I feel that in the fall months of the west when the cold starts setting, we definitely need to warm our hearts with a warm bowl of dal ki dulhan. Let me tell you something, I'm happy that my kids love it, but if yours doesn't want to eat it, give it a wonderful makeover, change it's name and let them try. I will say that its a whole wheat dumpling in lentil soup or a hand made pasta with lentil sauce. I am sure when they are asked to eat something that sounds fascinating, they will at least try it and I am sure they will love it after tasting because it is so good. I know you will thank me for this and you know what, you are most welcome.
Coming back to the food.
Here is the step by step of the process- please do try it.
Dal ki Dulhan/Dal ki Pitthi
- For the Dal
- 1.5 Cups Arhar Dal
- 5 Cups Water
- 1 Tsp Turmeric
- Salt according to test.
- For the Dulhan
- 2 Cup Whole wheat flour
- ½ Tsp Red chili Powder
- ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
- ½ Tsp Ajwain seeds(Carrom seeds)
- ½ Tsp Kasoori methi
- Salt according to taste.
- Water to make the dough.
- For tempering /Tadka
- 1 Tsp Cumin seeds
- ½ Cup Chopped onion
- 1 Tsp Green chili chopped
- 1 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
- 1 Tsp Ginger chopped
- Pinch of asafoetida
- Cilantro for garnish.
- 2 Tbsp Ghee
- 1or 2 Dry red chil
- For the Dal
- Wash the Dal and cook the dal with salt ,turmeric and water in the pressure cooker or instant pot ,till its done .
- After its done ,whisk it thoroughly for a even soup like texture.
- Keep it aside.
- In a large bowl take whole wheat flour,salt ,turmeric ,Ajwain ,fenugreek leaves and chili powder . Mix it properly and with the help of water make a nice supple dough.
- Cover it with a damp cloth and keep aside .
- After 15 minutes take the dough ,make small balls out of it and make small pitthis or dulhan like the pics is shown . If you want you can use your own shape as well.
- Add one by one these pitthis in the dal then add one cup of water and let it cook for 4 minute in instant pot or till 2 whistles in pressure cooker . you can make this in patila as well.
- Take a small pan or wok for tempering .
- Add ghee. Heat it.
- Add cumin seeds ,Dry red chilies,asafoetida,onion ,ginger and garlic .
- Fry it nicely .
- Add hari mirch and cilantro leaves.
- If you want to do double tadka . you can do that with one table spoon of ghee and ½ tsp of red chili powder . don't burn the chili powder though otherwise it will change its color to brown or black. .
- If you want you can use little lemon juice as well .
- Garnish with cilantro leaves and taste the seasoning.
- Serve it warm .