Sultani Dal ~ Uttar Pradesh Awadhi Thali

>>  Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Second in the Indian States is the Awadhi Cuisine from Uttar Pradesh. Awadhi cuisine is known for its rich food. The Cuisine is influenced by the Mughal cooking style and the cuisine has much similarities to Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad.

Reading about this cuisine, I realized the many dishes that are commonly found in other states as well, namely the Hyderabad and Punjab. Ever since Vaishali posted here Awadhi Cuisine, I have been wanting to make it. Unfortunately, I have already made some of them on different occasion, so I couldn't reproduce the entire thaali here.

And of course I can't beat her presentation and setup..:)

I was tempted more when Rajani had made a similar spread herself inspired from Vaishali. So with the less time I had on hand, I simply landed in both their spaces and religiously followed the recipes, making my own changes in the process.

I decided to make this thali on a Sunday and unfortunately Hubby dear had work and was not at home. I was almost giving up, when I came to know my cousin was visiting Parents and Amma was planning to make Vegetarian food. I said I will take care of the Vegetarian and I was so glad I had people to feed.

With the usual Sunday Breakfast preparation, I was delayed and by the time I got down making this menu, it was 11.30. I was so dead tired and tensed as I didn't want them waiting. I managed to get all the dishes done by 1.30 and I didn't have energy to even click. On top I had to feed my kids, though the food was so much appreciated, I decided never to tax myself with so little time on hand!

This is again adapted from Vaishali.
Sultaani Daal


Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Bay Leaf - 1
Garlic - 6 cloves
Green chilies - 2
Red chili powder 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds -1 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala
Salt to taste
Cream - 250 ml
Milk - 1/2 cup
Few strands saffron dissolved in milk

How to make the Sultani Dal

Wash and pressure dal till mushy.

Whisk curd and mix cream and milk together in a bowl.

Heat a kadai with oil, add bay leaf, then add the cream mixture. Mix and then add the dal

Next add the green chilli, red chilli powder, salt and garam masala. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Temper it with chopped garlic and cumin seeds.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

This is part of the Awadhi Thali


This recipe requires coal and betal leaf on which ghee is poured. The coal is removed after few mins. I skipped this step. I think the smoky effect of the coal will be missed if you skip it. However the dal was very much liked as such because it was so creamy and rich.

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Usha September 8, 2015 at 12:49 AM  

Addition cream justifies the name. :)

Sapana Behl September 8, 2015 at 3:53 AM  

That is one tempting thali.All the dishes looks delicious.

vaishali sabnani September 8, 2015 at 8:38 AM  

Valli , so happy that you guys enjoyed the food . Thalis are tiresome but somehow I love and enjoy making them . If tou plan ahead , they will not tire you , but i guess everyday something new comes up !
All said and done this thali looks really nice and I can see the effort going in there.

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 8, 2015 at 10:54 AM  

the thali is looking superr!!! wow so much effort valli..

Padma Rekha September 8, 2015 at 7:42 PM  

Wow Valli one of my favorite cuisine and thali looks so inviting...

sneha datar September 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM  

I am sure your guest must have enjoyed the Dal. Looks stunning.

Srividhya September 10, 2015 at 2:57 AM  

wow cream and curd in one dish..? great

The Pumpkin Farm September 10, 2015 at 11:17 PM  

this thali looks very very inviting , nicely presented and the colors are neatly mingling with each other...dal recipe is simple but looks delicious

Harini-Jaya R September 14, 2015 at 6:14 AM  

Very rich and definitely befits the sultan :) The cream in there definitely adds taste.

Sandhiya September 14, 2015 at 9:29 PM  

Each dish in the thali looks tempting..Wonderfully presented..Dal looks very creamy.

Pavani N September 19, 2015 at 3:00 AM  

Wow, what a rich, creamy and delicious looking dal.

Archana Potdar September 21, 2015 at 10:20 PM  

I love to add milk to my dal and this one sure will find its way in my place.

Suma Gandlur September 28, 2015 at 10:24 PM  

I made a Nawabi dal with milk. The curd & cream addition must make this more delicious and rich.

Padmajha PJ October 2, 2015 at 11:16 PM  

How did you manage to cook in feast in such a short time!!!I would never attempt anything like this for sure!!
And the dal recipe sounds interesting.Wondering how it will taste....

Chef Mireille October 5, 2015 at 6:20 AM  

I got tired just reading how you did all this in such short time

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