Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Moong Daal & Chaval & Gobi / A complete meal

A very popular ,nutritious and wins hands down when it comes to one of those comforting meals. This meal reigns supreme in all the above mentioned departments in the Bhagia household. Also I had promised Mahir I would put this up on the blog especially for him-There are times when I am not around and he has to make long distance calls to get the recipe for these. So I know this should come in very handy for him and for those of you who are living the ,"forced bachelor" days. This is not at all time consuming and even easier for those of you who use separators in the pressure cooker to make two or three things simultaneously :)

Recipe For Moong Daal:

Moong Daal dhuli : 1 cup washed & soaked for 20 minutes
Salt: To taste
Turmeric: a pinch
Olive Oil: 1 tbsp
Curry leaves: 10-12
Tomato: 1 medium sized chopped
Cumin/Jeera: 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds: 1 tsp
Cilantro washed & chopped: 2 tbsp
Asfoetida: a pinch
Ginger grated: 1/2 tsp

Take the washed daal and pressure cook it with 2 cups of water, grated ginger,salt & turmeric and 1 tsp of oil to avoid the froth and spilling. After the first whistle,I let it cook on medium flame for 3-4 minutes and then take it off the flame & let the steam release on its own.

Now take off the lid and mash the daal with the back of the spoon and add enough water to make it as thin or thick you would like it to be.I make it soup like to enjoy it with the rice and roti as well.

Keep it on medium flame again and let it come to a rolling boil,keep stirring it so it does stick to the bottom. Add the chopped cilantro also while it is boiling.

Meanwhile take a small kadai/pan and heat the remaining oil,when hot add the mustard,cumin and asfoetida,when it starts to splutter and the chopped tomato's and cook for a while, now add red pepper to this and pour this on the daal. You will get a nice rich color and it will make the daal look and taste very appetizing.

Recipe For Gobi:

Gobi: 1 small bunch of cauliflower  washed &cut into small florets.
Ginger: 2 inch piece cleaned and chopped or grated
Onion: 1 medium chopped
garlic: 2 flakes chopped
Tomato: 1 medium chopped
Salt: to taste
Asfoetida: a pinch
Red Pepper: 1 tsp
Turmeric: 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder: 1 tsp
Garam masala: a pinch or little more
Green chilli's whole: 3
Cumin: 1 tsp
Olive Oil: 2 tbsp

Take a kadhai, and heat the oil,when it turns very hot add the cumin,hing/asfoetida and let it splutter.Now add the chopped onions and grated or chopped ginger ,garlic and saute till golden brown.

Add the florets and saute them on high flame for 2-4 minutes. Making sure to give them a good shake every once in a while. Now add salt and turmeric and cover the pan with a tight fitting lid for 4 minutes or till the gobi is 3/4 th cooked.

Now take the lid off and add the remaining spices along with the chopped tomato's and cover it for some more time or till the gobi is cooked. I like the gobi to have a crunch so I do not cook it all the way but leave it 80% cooked.

Garnish it with chopped cilantro and also squeeze some lime juice before serving it with rice & daal.

 Note: If  Mahir can cook rice without a recipe then I am hoping every one can :0


  1. Awesome clicks... Lovely recipe and drooling over your pics.. Just yummy..can u pass the plate to me...

  2. wonderful combination looks delicious

  3. I love this combo meal...usually this is my menu every Monday.

  4. Lovely platter. hope u njoyed a lot :)

  5. Wow perfect lunch. Looks awesome. My fav dishes.

  6. What a wonderful healthy meal.....clicks are tempting too.

  7. Awesome combination of dal and chawl. My all time favourite meal.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. wow..tempting combo..sounds irresistable..
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Nice combination of a healthy meal :)

  10. Delicious combo meals Awesome.

  11. Wow what a tempting combo.I am bookmarking this for My husband for those days he has to cook.Your well detailed recipe will make sure that he would have something nice and healthy when I am not around or down with a fever.So for this recipe my family thanks you as well as Mahir who is the inspiration behind this post.

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  13. SUper delicious meals, simply marvellous,comforting and healthy..

  14. These complete meals are rare at my house:).This is what i call perfect Vegan lunch!!! love the color of Moong Dhal..

  15. You can eat all the fancy stuff in the world but coming back to a plate like this really makes you feel at home.. everything looks really nicely made n appetizing..

    US Masala

  16. i can have this one day but the next day you've to add a chicken as a side...like your chicken badami!

  17. A complete, tasty & a healthy meal!!! I love moong dal, anytime, anyday.. :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  18. Wonderful spread,perfect delicious meal...loved both dal and gobi recipe.

  19. wow awesome meal .. i will come to your place ...nice combination of dal and gobi

  20. A wholesome, simple and delicious meal! I'm all in!

    Vegetarian Cultural Creatives

  21. what a yummy compo..love it..will be back to your blog again

  22. first time here....wow...lovely combo dear....In our family I guess Gobi is the only vegetable that is liked by everyone,including my daughter:-), so I do keep it in my menu atleast twice a week.

  23. Would love to gobble up now...looks so perfect n yumm!!

  24. What a perfect and yummy meal! Feel like joining you now at dinner table....

  25. I think your blog has convinced me to turn to more Indian cooking! I was always put off before because of the long list of ingredients but they end result always looks so yummy :)

  26. Perfect combination...
    first time at ur space..
    following you

  27. innovative combo...sounds awesome kavitha...tempting clicks..
    Tasty Appetite

  28. What a lovely combo !!! Feel like having it now !!!



  29. You have an awesome blog with great collection of recipes here Kavitha :) For budding cooks like me, this is a great space to learn from :) Do keep posting more of your lovely recipes. And i just love gobi :) kyonki mere naam mein bhi hai! :D


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