Friday, March 20, 2009

Lucknow Special

Lucknow is one of the recently added destination in my wish list! After hunting for RCI–Lucknow hosted by Lavi, an event originated by Laksmi, I felt in love reading and seeing the kebab history! How many Kebabs could exist in one place? Shami, Tunda, Seekh, Kankori, Galouti, Boti, Pasanda etc… I am sure there is zillions of kebabs variety available in Lucknow.
Lucknow or Awadh is capital of Uttar Pradesh. Nawabs of Awadh are well known for their sophisticated life style. They introduce the slow cooking (dum style), many meat variety (beef) especially and tons of spice involved in their cooking.
They said: the secret of success for Tunda kebab is 160 spices. I don’t know how they manage to incorporate all the world spice in one dish! Gosh even my pantry didn’t contain off of them! Hmm, that is why they are called Nawab!
Ok, my recipe doesn’t involve tons of spices like the kebab! I managed to find some simple vegetarian dishes from Lucknow.
The dhal is simply infused by milk and brings and gives such a creamy and rich look at the end.
The potato fry is flavored by mango powder (amchur) gives a nice tangy taste, balanced with chili, sugar, the dry ginger will leave your palate a nice kick at the end.
Voila a vegetarian royal dish for you from my kitchen.

Lukhnowi dhal

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Original recipe is here
Lucknow Dhal:Print

Lukhnowi dhal
Ingredients:

Toor dhal / split pigeon: 1/3 cup
Milk: 1/3 cup
Green chillies: 2

Tamarind pulp: 1 tbsp diluted (or a small pinch diluted in 2 tbsp of water)
Turmeric: ¼ tsp
Salt: to taste
Oil: ½ tsp
Cumin: ½ tsp
Red chillies: 4
Garlic: 2 cloves minced
Asafoetida: a pinch
Cilantro leaves: Chopped

Method:
Rinse the dhal; place the dhal, milk, green chillies and a cup of water. Cook in pressure cooker in medium heat. Leave 5 to 6 whistles sound and switch off.
Once the dhal is cooked, open add the tamarind, turmeric and salt. Let it boil until the raw smell goes away.
In small saucepan, heat the oil, add the hing, cumin, garlic and red chilli, let it fry and add to the dhal.
Switch off and garnish with cilantro leaves.


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Original recipe is here
Khaste Mathura Aloo Print

Lukhnowi dhal

Ingredients
Potato: 4 mediums, boiled, cubed
Green chillies: 2 split
Dry ginger: ½ tsp
Mango powder/ amchur powder: 1 tsp
Red chili powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric: ¼ tsp
Sugar: 1tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Salt: as per taste
Oil: 1 tsp
Cilantro: to garnish


Method:

Cook, peel and cubed the potatoes.
Heat oil in a pan, add the hing and cumin once they are fried, add the green chillies. Remove from the fire and add all the dry powder, (chilli powder may cause fuming if the flame is too high), reduce the heat and toss the potatoes, adjust the salt. When the potato turn brown and crisp enough. Switch off and garnish the cilantro.

The aloo is reaching Cooking for Kids event: Potato hosted by Deepa Hari, originated by Neivedyam.
Have a wonderful weekend!

76 comments:

Preety said...

that is one perfect meal on the plate..and can anyone believe by seeing pics they are so easy..potatoes looks so crispy and spicy..and love the addition of milk in dhal..gr8 post cham..

Madhu said...

Like the combo of dal-aloo and roti,simple yet delicious platter.

Varsha Vipins said...

wow cham..looks fab..160 spices..gosh..!!..am gng to try this dal..:)
Btw,dear could u pls help me anyway..my feed is not updating..Its there in the feedburner url..but readers cannot see it..like I hav a new post,which none have seen yet..:(

Pooja said...

wow thats a perfect meal cham...Nice post..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

gorgeous dishes... mouthwatering and makes me hungry .

Varsha Vipins said...

Also An award waiting for u..Have a great weekend..:)

Cilantro said...

I have to try this out. The dhal and potato combo looks great.

Suparna said...

Hi Cham,
WOW!that was an interesting read abt the spices. BTW love the crispy looking masala aloo. Dal with milk is new to me :)
Happy weekend dear!TC

Rajitha said...

alu looks fantastic....actually i may make it this weekend...will let u know if i make it...i bet it will taste great!

Ashwini said...

Thats a yummy thali..looks so delish and tempting..

Rachel said...

Perfect lucknowi meal! I am fascinated by the aloo especially.

Srivalli said...

yum cham..the whole plate looks very tempting!!!...great ones..

Lavi said...

WOW..WOW..WOW..You make me drool..
I love those Potatoe's. Thank You Cham for the Lovely SpreaD!!!

Ann said...

Totally fall in for your Lucknow special Cham...They look so rich and tempting.well,That's the specilaity of lucknow cuisine..Yummy yum and some great clicks !!

Mrs.Kannan said...

Aloo loooks Wonderful...I am feeling hungry by just seeing the potato...lovely color.

Vibaas said...

Yummy spread cham. i'm drooling here :)

DEESHA said...

wow cham .. the mathura aloo is already on my list .. must be soo yum with amchur powder .. yum yum .. Made my hubby make breakfast for us today, cuz of finger injury !! YAY

jayasree said...

Thats one yummy platter Cham. Both dal and aloo looks delicious with the type of ingredients added to it.

Divya Vikram said...

They look simple and comforting!

Madhumathi said...

Wow..I'm drooling here..The aloo looks really tempting..
Dal with milk is new to me..should try this soon :)

LG said...

woow aloo looks tempting Cham! Tempting thali :)

aquadaze said...

lovely spread cham..the potaoes looks so spicy and crispy!

Priya said...

Woww wat a yummy platter...am just drooling over the potatoes, looks amazing,dhal makes me hungry, shall i come to ur place?? cham...Awesome clicks as well!!

Happy cook said...

Wow i love both the dishes, but my fav is that potato, i can eat them just like that.
Super yumm.

Homecooked said...

Yummy! Totally drool worthy!

Yasmeen said...

Dal,roti,aloo...I'm hungry for it now:)

Asha said...

Love the crusted aloo, sounds so authentic. I wanted to make Kababs too, didn't have the time. Dal looks colorful, great entries Cham! :)

Siri said...

thats looks so yummy Cham. I just woke up and am already hungry ;))

Have a great weekend ahead.

Hugs,
Siri

kamala said...

I love the crispy potatoes Cham..Nandu might like this..I am taking a long break..will meet you soon

Arch said...

The potatoes look fabulous and must have tasted really nice - love the amchur with potatoes...Spread looks so inviting - think i will try this for dinner tonight !!

Ushanandini said...

The whole food on the plate looks tempting. I love that creamy dal. This reminds me of vengayam sambar and urulai varuval. And thank you for supporting me with a quick response. I'm working on my photos with that watermark technique now. She has removed that thattai post now.

P.S. I'm a regular visitor of your blog and I don't write comments because you're a senior blogger. I'm craving for your chicken 65 because I'm hungry. I like your profile photo. Thanks again.

Suma Rajesh said...

woo looks tempting and delicious..specially the aloo recipe..

Gita's Kitchen said...

wow 160 spices! I think its worth all the toruble to prepare a yummy dish :) Lovely combination Cham, delicious!

Adlak's tiny world said...

wow wat a combo yellow dhal with spicy red potato fry.. hm i m drroooling.....

MR said...

love the potatoes
wow with amchur pwd
sure it is delicious

Sunshinemom said...

Middle of the night, and I am hungry again!! How delicious and how I love Lucknow for its tehzeeb!!

priar's, said...

Wow awesome meal ....can i come for lunch:)

Deepa Hari said...

What a lovely combo?...dal and aloo....absolutely delicious and very inviting Cham....Thank you for the wonderful entry.

Dibs said...

looks lovely. Didn't know you could add milk to dal!! Yup... why not, must be making it creamy and tasty!

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh my gosh, love the recipes. Lucknowi special is a nice treat. You gave a plan for my tommorrow lunch, actually. Love the dhall plus potatoes...wow wow, super yummm!

rekhas kitchen said...

oooohhh maaa that looks so inviting oohh great choice cham love that plater yum yum yummy

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I love that Khaste mathure aloo sounds great and I would love to try! Though I have to buy dry ginger powder and aamchur powder! I will sure give it a try!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

thali looks yummy! never heard of this dhal..delicious! love the potatoes too..feel like picking them now :)

Uma said...

Wow, what a platter! Wonderful display Cham! All the dishes are mouth-watering.

Premyscakes said...

Potatoes looks awesome. tempting spread, love to have it.

Laavanya said...

That's a royal looking meal indeed and the potatoes look out of this world - awesome.

A_and_N said...

Those potatoes ae calling out to me. Gosh. I'm trying it soon.

Burp and Slurp~! said...

yum...I love indian food, but they seem so complicated all the time, what with all the medley of spices! do you actually keep all these different spices in your pantry? what are some key spices integral to indian cooking?

Cham said...

Burp & slurp: Welcome and u can have a look of my visual ingredients , they are basic shown.

Ramya Bala said...

The platter looks so delicious...Milk in dhal is very new cham :)

Vani said...

Ooh, what lovely entries both and perfect complement with each other too. Nice, Cham! :)

meeso said...

Wow, looks too tasty! Great website of recipes you have pointed me too :)

Sujatha said...

lovely meal,Cham! Lucknow meal is something that I haven't tried much yet.. but yours looks so tempting.. love the color of the potatoes..

Uj said...

yummy and simple thali.. Got to try this.. Potato looks inviting..might try it for tonight dinner

G.Pavani said...

really looking awesome cham...and mouthwatering perfect lunch...

Divya Kudua said...

A perfect Thali Cham..dal and potato are my fave and I would definitely try out this new preparations..Lucknowi style!!

Meenal Mehta said...

Cham ..

yummy recipes and amazing pics:)

Curry Leaf said...

Simple yet delicious feast.Love the aloo too much,so inviting.

Sandeepa said...

The Mathura Aloo is gorgeous, want to eat it with some Pooris

One question about the Dal Cham, isn't adding Milk and sour Tamarind together amke it acidic ?

Usha said...

Loved this combo and the dhal with milk sounds so simple,yet rich and creamy ! Will surely try :-)

Maya said...

Delicious looking spread that is! Would love to dig in.

Maheswari said...

Hello cham..loved the new look of the blog.Aloo fry looks yum and crunchy. Heaven made combo - dal&aloo fry.

Cham said...

Sandeepa:The milk reduce the tangy taste of tamarind + the spicyness. While seeing the ingre. list first I had the doubt (tamar+ milk) will curdle... But not they came out perfect.

Archy said...

Wow, easy,simple an comfort plate of meal Cham.. great entry !!

Happy cook said...

Cham thankyou so much for your help.
I would have never thought it was one of the widgets which was giving the pop up.
I removed all of them except for 2. I don't think i will be adding those widgets anymore as i don't know which one gave me the trouble.
Thankyou very much.

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. that makes a lovely meal! Nice clicks! Aloo looks perfect and well rosted! Yummmm!

Vicky Xavier. said...

This array of meal looks very delicious... a dhal in mild taste with a spicy potato roast seems great combination.

karuna said...

nothing like some good authentic vegetarian meal. the plate looks awesome.

Priti said...

Yummy platter...and wonderful combo...your header is cool again...just always love your blog header ;)

Purva Desai said...

Dhal looks light and soothing, My MIL makes these aloo...they look chatakedar....

Jamie said...

Cham, the dal and potatoes look wonderful! The color of the dal is so refreshing. Wonderful snaps too!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Wow the curry looks so yummy .You have pretty cool recipes yaar.

Vanamala said...

Delicious dishes...

Soma said...

I HAVE to make these allo for my dear hubby! never used milk & tamarind together. i would think the sour would split the milk.. but it didn't!

Madhuram said...

I love those potatoes. Potato is such a versatile vegetable. Howevery you cook it ends up tasty.

onno david said...

The dhal and potato combo looks yummy. My mother makes potato combo for diwali each year and everyone in our family loves it. Excellent food-blogging! After reading it, I'm feeling hungry. I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.