Sindhi Dal, Aloo Took ~ Sindhi Meal with Dal and Aloo Tuk

>>  Friday, May 17, 2013

We are starting the third week of Blogging Marathon Edition 28. I decided to take up Sindi dishes and thought long and hard on the dishes I should be making. I decided against the regular ones and wanted to try some really difficult ones. I also decided to refer my cookbooks rather than the online source. Guess what on both account I couldn't meet my own conditions. My books surprisingly vanished.

I knew I had but however much I search for those books, I couldn't find them. The problem is, I keep reading and browsing and keep them somewhere. Other times, my kids find it interesting to browse through the books and pick up to do and keep it somewhere beyond my reach. So I had to resort again to blogs. My one stop for Sindhi recipes can't be anything other than Vaishali's.

With just three of us at home, I decided I might as well make use of the time to cook new things for the dinner time. I was going through Vaishali's index and saw many interesting things. Unfortunately time was short and I had a meal to make. So finally settled down to make the Dal and Aloo Tuk.
Sindhi Dal. Aloo Took
I know Aloo Took met with lot of special Media attention what with the actor Amir Khan seen eating this. Don't ask me where I saw this, I just saw. Of course this is not the reason why I ended up making just that, it was Vaishali's picture that tempted me to indulge in this sin.

As true to my nature, I simply can't follow a recipe through. I ended up using Masoor dal instead of toor dal. I sincerely hope that Sindis use Masoor dal as well..:). Rest of the recipe is almost the same as what Vaishali has said. Well almost!

I suggest you refer Vaishali's post for authenticity, while I have my own take on a Sindhi Dal!

As with any cuisine, the dal is always serve with rice and taryal patata (fried potatoes) In this case the Aloo Took. Though Vaishali has changed over to healthier options, I remain true to the solid Indian fancy and serve Dal, chawal with Fried Potatoes.

Sindhi Dal

Toor Dal - 1 cup  (I used Masoor dal)
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Curry leaves - 1 stem
Turmeric powder a pinch
Ghee - 1 tps

Wash the dal and in a pressure cooker, take the dal along with curry leaves, tomatoes, turmeric powder, ghee and salt. Pressure cook for couple of whistles.

Once the pressure falls down, using a churner, mash the dal.

Vaishali asks us to strain the dal to remove curry leaves and tomato skin. Being used to these, I skipped this part (I prefer to say this rather than accepting I didn't see this step)

For Tempering

Oil - 2 tsp
cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Hing a pinch
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Green chili -  4-5
Dry red chili - 2
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp
small bunch of coriander leaves.

Once the dal is cooked and simmer, do the tempering in the order listed and once it's all fried, pour over the simmering dal. cook for 5 mins

The first time I saw these Aloo Took when Vaishali posted, I knew I had to make these. I am not really such a great fan of potatoes other than Potato chips. I didn't grow up eating aloo roast or any dry sautes with Aloo. Amma never makes Potato fries or the Aloo podimas or the many versions of fried potatoes. We took our weekly dose of potato as Masal for either Dosas, Pooris or even many times as Kurmas. With Amma never repeating a vegetable in a week, these fries never graced the dining table.

Only after Konda started school, I found aloo roast was the quickest dish I can make. Anyways after having made Aloo Took, I can understand the attachment one gets with this dish! Without further rambling, here's the tempting aloo tuk served with dal.

Aaloo took

Oil for deep frying

Masala to be sprinkled

Red chilli powder
Aamchoor powder / Dry Mango powder
Black pepper powder
Coriander powder
Roasted Cumin powder
Garam masala
Salt to taste

You can go free on the measurement of the spices

Peel potatoes. Cut into fat rounds.(a medium size potato has to be cut in two).

Sprinkle salt, leave it for about 5 mins.

Heat oil. Fry the potatoes on slow flame till cooked. Remove.

Cool. Press these with the help of your palm.

Fry the potatoes again to a crisp golden. Drain.

Sprinkle spices.

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Corporate to Kitchen May 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM  

I love this combo. The aloo is perfectly fried & dal looks so inviting.

Sapana Behl May 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM  

Perfect combo for dinner. Hope you all enjoyed it as it looks tempting from pics.

vaishali sabnani May 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM  

Thanks a ton Valli...I really feel special...when you say one stop:))
the took look nice and crunchy, and the daal is perfectly done.Sindhi;s rarely used masoor daal, but now they have started cooking this daal too, and it is very close to toor daal.Super job!!

Priya Suresh May 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM  

Love aloo took very much,have to make some soon..Wonderful meal.

Nalini's Kitchen May 17, 2013 at 7:42 PM  

Wonderful combo,looks tempting and makes me hungry...

Suma Gandlur May 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM  

Lovely combo. Nothing can go wrong with potatoes at the side. How come did you leave the curry leaves? :)

Chef Mireille May 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM  

the masala spice mix for the potatoes look so good

The Pumpkin Farm May 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM  

the reason i picked sindhi cuisine theme next week is for these tempting aloo tuk recipe from Vaishali's blog...yours has come out wonderfully too...cant wait to lay my hands on this

Pavani N May 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM  

Absolutely delicious meal. I can vouch for the deliciousness of Aloo took, I made it just for myself and ate it ALL. Dal looks simple and yummy..

Nisha Sundar May 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM  

Another fantastic aloo recipe. :) Those potatoes look so good Valli. Will definitely try this out soon.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi May 21, 2013 at 8:11 AM  

Delightful combo! Cannot go wrong with this menu on hand!

Nivedhanams Sowmya May 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM  

Delicious combo of aloo and dal!!! they taste so good together!!! very helpful stepwise as usual!
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Padmajha PJ May 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM  

Nice combo Srivalli. I had bookmarked this from Alka's blog and yet to try it out.I am sure it tastes just as delicious as it looks...

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