Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Masoor Dhal biryani

This recipe features every week in my menu. I created accidentally this recipe. I planned to cook one pot meal: Bise bele bath. I went to the kitchen rinsed the rice and dhal and next checked the pantry. I realized, I was running out of many spices for the Bise bele bhath masala! It was too late; I have to cook the soaking rice and dhal. I didn’t want to prepare Kichdi or Arisi parrupu sadam (Dhal rice), reason I need to prepare a side dish! I was not in mood to cook any elaborate dish! So I seasoned with onion, tomato and ginger-garlic and cooked the rice and dhal together. It smelled like biryani without veggie or meat. It was an instant hit! The most important thing, no worry of chopping, mixing, frying, and nothing complicated steps. You can fix under 10 minutes in the pressure cooker and another 20 min the food is ready. You have a hot comfort food! I will give the exact proportion for one cup (US standard) not to be confused with the little rice cup which comes with the electric rice cooker. This recipe can be adapted according your like. U can use frozen veggie, sambar powder… But try plain you or your kid will like it definitely! I love for the simplicity of the rice!


Masoor dhal Biryani
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Ingredients:

Rice (sona Masoori): 1 cup
Masoor dhal (red lentil): ½ cup
Onion: 1 medium- diced
Tomato: 1 medium- diced
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 tsp
Green chilies: 4 num-split in two
Red chilli powder: ½ tsp or 1 tsp
Turmeric: ¼ tsp
Salt: 1 tsp and 1/4 tsp
Water: 2 C + ¾ cup

Seasoning:
Oil / ghee:
1 tbsp
Cloves: 2 num
Cinnamon stick: ½ inch

Method in pressure cooker:

Rinse the dhal and rice together, until the water comes out clear (3 or 4 times). Keep it aside.
Heat the pressure cooker pan with oil and start with the seasoning.
Add the onion once it turns translucent; add the tomato and green chilies, when the oil starts to leave at the side of ur pan. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry it few seconds.
Add the chilli powder, turmeric, rice, dhal, water (amount indicated above) and salt.
Mix with a spoon.You can transfer at rice cooker at this point )
Close the pressure cooker lid and leave in medium heat until 4 whistles.
Once the pressure is completely released, open and add Ghee if u want or enjoy with raita!

Raita recipe:

Red onion: 1/2 miced finely
cucumber: 1/2 cup
Chili powder: pinch
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Yogurt: 1 cup

Whisk the yogurt , chili powder and salt togeher. Add the chopped veggie and serve chill.

The Masoor dhal rice is reaching Lentils Mela at Ashwini's place.


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I like anything simple, quick with rice. I came accross this Curried eggplant rice of Suganya Tasty palette. Very simple to put together with few ingredients in hand but very bold in flavor. You can see the delicous pictures first and next go to check the recipe. She will definetly capture ur attention in many ways. Some of the simple dish will get a royal touch through her lenses. If you haven't visited , got to check her place for her photography skills!
This one is reaching to T & T event hosted by Curry Leaf created by Zlamushka.



81 comments:

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham-

Since I am trying to eat healthy nowadays, this is a recipe that is going to be tried for dinner tonight. Looks simple and healthy too.

Suma Rajesh said...

woo this is must try recipe...bookmarked...will try this tomorrow 4 lunch...looks healthy and good entry cham...

kamala said...

I always love to make Briyani.Becos no need to worry about the side dishes..This one is surely an instant dish..Good one Cham..Beautiful Pics asusual!!

Madhavi said...

Yep bookmarked, biryani looks delicious and healthy!!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

Bonjour Cham,

masoor dhal biryani ,yummy creation; and the eggplant rice looks great too.

cham, je suis pondicherrienne moi aussi. vous voyez comme le monde est petit? c'est drole , de faire connaissance avec quelqu'un à travers l' interent (aussi vaste que l' océan), mais comme par hasard, vous êtes de la même origine? haha, je n' arrive pas à croire cela.

ok, assez de blabla...
moi, je suis originaire de pondy (toute ma famille et ma belle famille etc.) mais je n' ai pas fait mes études au Lycée français de pondichery. Par contre, mon mari est un ancien élève de LF. Mon Papa y travaille toujours, par contre lui, il travaille seulement depuis 90 /91 je pense. nous habitons jeevanandham street.
moi, j' ai fait mes études jusqu' au lycée au pensionnat de cuddalore, c'est un Cluny aussi mais les études en anglais.

I'm really very happy forhaving found you (got a friend from pondy through the web, hahha)

you said you were in france before, i should have asked you the, if you were somewhere from s india!

it's so nice knowing you.

Gita's Kitchen said...

This is one innovative and healthy recipe Cham..love it...I can't wait to try this one soon. Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

THanks for the fast comment Cham :)

Priya said...

Cham...great peoples think alike it seems..ahaha...u know wat i too prepared curried eggplant rice for T&T today...Dhal biryani looks really delicious...Healthy entry for lentils mela...

Varsha Vipins said...

I was :O reading the Arabi of Akal(I knw..I knw..french..:d..but nything perplexing for me is Arabi for me).
The rice daal dish is amazing..cant believe it so simple,yet looks so yum..n nice click :)..n the egg plant one too Cham..totally spicy looking..:)

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Both the rice varieties are wonderful Cham! I specially like the masoor dal biriyani, really an instant one.
eggplant rice is lovely too! tempting pics!

Uma said...

masoor dal biryani looks great Cham! Eggplant rice looks yummy too!

BTW, a feast for you at my blog!

Pavani said...

Dhal Biryani looks delicious. Quick and easy. Nice twist on regular dal rice.

Sujatha said...

that sure is a different recipe! Simple and healthy, what more can I ask for? :)

Usha said...

Loved this biryani Cham, it looks really delicious , I am definitely going to try this !

Vani said...

Looks yum, Cham!

Ashwini said...

Love any biryanis and is mu fav of all dishes..They are so easy with less time..Biryani looks so yumm and nice color..

LG said...

Masoor dal biriyani looks spicy and tasty Cham. Vangibath also looks tempting! Good ones :)

Sunshinemom said...

Biriyani has come out so well - all the grains separate and fluffy! Suganya's blog is inspirational to say the least!!

Madhuram said...

I've not tried biriyani with masoor daal. That's new to me. Will bookmark it for later.

A_and_N said...

So simple? Wow! I'd love to make this!

Deepa Hari said...

Never tried with Masoor dal....quite simple yet delicious...good one Cham.

Priti said...

As you said easy indeed...looks yum...and simple...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

new dish to me... looks sooooo good that i wanna try. pic is great.

Vibaas said...

I have to try this masoor dhal biryani. looks yum!

Here's something for you, dear -> http://vibaas-world.blogspot.com/2009/03/potato-sandwich-and-awards.html

Chitra said...

never tried any recipe with masoor dal,biriyani looks tempting,will sure give a try,have bookmarked it:)

Suganya said...

Thank you for the generous compliments, Cham :). Your rice looks better than mine...

Dershana said...

Hi Cham, I make bisi bele bhath with masoor dhal. Your simple dish looks lovely!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Dal Biryani Looks very tempting and is very different. Never used masoor dal with rice. Will try. Egg-plant rice also looks mouth-watering.

jayasree said...

Had commented earlier. think blogger gobled it. Anyways, I came again to check the recipe and I am going to make it for my dinner.
A simple, delicious one pot meal when you have no veggies at hand.

sowmya said...

sounds good and interesting..looks yummy..

Sandeepa said...

I love Masoor and definitely Rice, will be loved at my home for sure.

Asha said...

Looks so yum, healthy and tasty. great replacement creation instead of BBB, Cham! :)

Happy cook said...

Wow wish i had the dal biriyani it looks so delicious and so comforting, i can imagine sitting and enjoy that delicious plate of dal biriyani.

notyet100 said...

hppy holi,,..platter lpoks yum,u can send,..cucumber raita to afam cucumber,.

aquadaze said...

this is so simple...it is an absolute must try!!

Premyscakes said...

Wow looks perfect and healthy too.

Soma said...

Simple & a very deliciusly healthy idea! masoor dal & biryani are both my fav .. this is going to be great!

Adlak's tiny world said...

lovely bowls.. making me drool here cham. will give a try.

Madhumathi said...

Bookmarked this ,Cham.you have made a wonderful n healthy briyani.It sounds soo good..Thanks for sharing..
The eggplant rice too looks great :)

Trupti said...

Cham, Biryani looks very mouthwatering. Very easy to make & healthy too. Check my blog for treat

Curry Leaf said...

Innovative and quickfix meal.Looks lovely and hearty Thanks for the wonderful entry for T&T.I am having trouble opening some sites and sometimes gmail,so got your mail,but could not respond earlier.Hearty Thanks

Archy said...

Simple and comfort food Cham, nice entry !!

bee said...

lovely pics and recipe. i love such shortcuts.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Oh, u invented a rice dish! Seems so interesting dear. I love the way u explained .Definitely I will try this soon. yummy.

Sandeepa said...

Doing this today with brown rice for tomorrow's packed lunch. I guess when you say to add rice, it means rice + dal right ?

Since I am using brown rice, I cooked the b.rice a little before hand, let me see if I can maintain the intactness of the rice like yours

Pavithra Kodical said...

Simple and delicious biryani.Bookmarked :)

Maya said...

Oh, thats a wonderful creation by you Cham! Eggplant rice looks great too! You might want to correct the spelling of Masoor in the photo, its Mansoor there.

Cham said...

Sand: Yes it is rice and dhal -updated my post. Hope Brown rice should taste great too.
Maya Thanks for pointing out.

veggie belly said...

How nice that you created a great dish by 'accident'!

rekhas kitchen said...

first i like your plater chams and a beautiful pic too recipe looks awesome thanks for the idea for to day s dinner dear and perfect choice for t&t

Preety said...

this first sounded like khichdi recipe but this is very different then that..easy too..love the color of the rice..

Kayal said...

Really a very easy one....I will always feel lazy to cook for dinner after going home...this one will surely help me..thanks Cham.

DEESHA said...

I Love the taste of masoor dal .. I have always made dal & khichdi with masoor dal .. this one looks delicious

homecooked said...

Wow....a lovely accident :) It looks delicious!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this is the spicy version of masoor dal kichidi. Love it. Will try this weekend.

Sia said...

haha... food created w/o following any recipes turns out be the best ones (well most times in my case;)

Ann said...

Truly healthy Cham..will have to try this one..yummy

Ranjani said...

wow this seems really simple...bookmarked!

Sandeepa said...

Cham
It tasted beautiful. I added soy granules, veggies and a garam masala powder :)
I have it for today's lunch and am looking forward to it

Brown Rice was good, but as I was telling you I didn't get your rice texture

Ramya Bala said...

This is such a flavorful recipe Cham...real good one :)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. nice entry... looks delicious..

Cham said...

Sandeepa: Thanks for trying out. I didn't try brown rice in pressure cooker, if i do I will be the one to eat all the rice. I love soy granule and garam masala addition in rice.

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks awesome.. no wonder it features regularly. Can't wait to try it on my kid :)

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats a quick fix. I always love these kind of recipes.. Looks lovely! Have something for u in my blog.. Pls check!

Vaishali said...

Thanks, Cham, for a lovely and nutritious weeknight recipe idea. The biryani looks just gorgeous.

Pooja said...

Easy dish...Looking lovely...

Yasmeen said...

For rice-lovers(me included) both are a must try recipes:)

Gayathri said...

very different entry..

Divya Vikram said...

That looks like a simple n quickfix dish Cham.

Rathna said...

Talk about quick fix meals, I feel that way many a times....your masoor dal biriyani recipe looks awesome.

Alka said...

Awesome dear...just drooling after checking out ingredients and pics....A must try dish for me since i am an ardent fan of rice,lentils and biryanis too...lolz

Miri said...

Well, we have to thank the accident then for that nice recipe!

Purva Desai said...

Biryani with masoor dal sounds nutritious and healthy too.

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Sukanya said...

So Yummy. I love the look of the Masoor Dhal Biryani and its a completely new recipe, so Iam definitely going to try this.

G.Pavani said...

hi cham,hru..after a long time iam giving comments na...biryani is yummy yummy...since iam not feeling well because of my 5th month pergency iam having vomtings so unable to cook new dishes and post..yaar..

vidhas said...

Looks yum Cham. Bot the dishes sounds great.

Paru ... said...

Looks amazing cham..Great recipe, Need to try this for sure :)..

Aparna said...

Now you know why someone said, "Necessity is the mother of invention"!
And a very delicious invention at that.

Suparna said...

nice one cham,
This is similar to khichdi,but this is the spicer version..great combi with raita.
the eggplant rice looks perfect,we call this vangi bath in kannada..wow I love it's flavour. Great click.
TC

Simply Innocence said...

Makes me hungry to see two dish, masoor biryani and curried eggplant rice. I never know that we can also prepare masoor biryani. I'll try and let u know. Want to try now but very lazy. Can I spoon them atleast?

zlamushka said...

this looks gorgeous :-) love rice dishes ...

thanks for participating T&T in March. I hope I ll see you around this month as well.