Maybe a simple dal is what is all required to make you nostalgic. It surely was for me and when I ended up making this Katti dal, I literally felt I had tasted this somewhere. For the final day in Cooking for a Tele Soap, I have been cooking from Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naan Doon, a soap that's been so different or rather gets you hooked on to it, not just for the characters, but for the food that is somehow so prominent.
Being always interested in hearing about food and it's preparation, it's only natural that I ended up liking the food discussion that was so much the part of this soap. Though I took up one episode, where Khushi, the heroine, ends up cooking up a feast, similar such dishes get mentioned through the episodes.
One such is the simple dal. I guess in any Indian Cuisine, a dal is always an integral part and one can't simply ignore nor not make it. The dal that I made was called as Katti dal and I wanted to keep it online search as my offline search ends up being a treasure hunt, on most occasions. I adapted from my search lead me to this recipe, which was almost similar to the way I make. Yet it was interesting to note the author calling this Hyderabadi khatti dal. Anyway since we have the liberty to select our own recipe, I almost decided that Khushi made this dal.
The other occasion when a dal becomes a topic of discussion was when Lavanya makes a dal with so much spice, and Arnav ends up eating that, just to spite Khushi. He simply eats the entire cup, inspite of Khushi signalling he shouldn't eat. The lead characters are always in misunderstanding and that episode was one such thing. With the news that this week might the ending, I am sure the PH left many viewers heartbroken.
Step by Step - Katti Dal
Split Yellow lentils - 3/4 cup
Toor Dal - 1/4 cup
Tomato - 1 medium
Green chillies - 5,
Tamarind pulp - 3 tbsp,
Hing a pinch
Turmeric powder a pinch
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp,
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp,
Salt to taste
Pure ghee - 2 tsp
Green coriander (chopped) - 3 tbsp
How to make the Katti dal
Wash and take the dals in a pressure cooker. Add chopped chilies, tomatoes along with turmeric powder. Pressure cook for couple of whistles or till the toor dal is done.
Then when the pressure falls, continue cooking and add tamarind pulp.
In another pan, add ghee and fry the remaining ingredients until light brown. Pour the tadka over the dal and serve.
Just for record, the Jeera Rice I end up making Jeera Rice in so many ways, that I forget to even track it these days