Mar 9, 2011

Masoor dal biryani

        I started using whole masoor (red lentil) only recently after having it at a friend 's place. It is known to have high iron content and hence helps in builiding haemoglobin levels in the body.  I used to make normal dal and have it with rice until I saw this recipe in Tarla dalal's book of dal and lentils. The recipe is very interesting compared to the other biryani recipes. And the addition of unusual ingredients makes it even more interesting. We just loved it. Try it to believe it as I always say!!

Recipe courtesy- Tarla Dalal's dals and pulses cookbook

masoor dal biryani
For the masala masoor
Saboot Masoor(whole red lentils)- 1/2 cup (soaked for 1-2 hours)
Garlic red chilli paste-3tbsp(I used green chillies)
Potato cubes-1/2cup
Tomatoes-3/4cup chopped
Apricots(jardalu)-2 soaked and finely chopped(I used dried figs)
Salt to taste

Basmati rice- 21/2 cups
Oil for greasing

For the Masala masoor-
Clean,wash and soak the masoor in enough water atleast 1 to2 hours. Drain the masoor. Keep aside.          Heat the oil in a pressure cooker,add the onions and saute till they turn brown in colour,while stirring continuously.
Add the red chilli garlic paste and saute for a few more seconds ,while stirring continuously.
Add the potatoes,tomatoes,apricots or dried figs,raisins, masoor,salt and 1 1/4 cups of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
If it is watery,simmer till little moisture evaporates and the mixture becomes semi dry.Keep aside.

How to proceed-
Divide the rice into 3 equal portions and the masala masoor into 2 equal portions keep aside.
Spread one portion of the rice in an even layer in a greased glass baking dish.
Spread one portion of the masala masoor over it.
Spread the remaining rice over the masala masoor in an even layer.Repeat the steps 2 and 3 to make one more layer.
Cover with an aluminium foil and bake in  a pre heated oven at 200c for 10 minutes or microwave for 2 minutes.
Ensure you do not use aluminium foil while microwaving .Use a microwave safe lid instead.
Turn upside down on a large serving plate, just before serving, Serve hot garnished with coriander.


Malar Gandhi said...

Sounds yumm, healthy biriyani.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Thanks for sharing this healthy , iron filled dal biryani. Looks appetizing

Hamaree Rasoi

sanjeeta kk said...

Biryani looks very scrumptious! Love the lentils used in it.

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jeyashrisuresh said...

biryani with masoor dal an quite interesting and yummy one.u made it perfect too

Pari said...

Sowmya I too make pilaf using sprouted masoor and make dal fry with it and the combination tastes yumm next time will try adding jardalu too. If u want to try another version with masoor u can check this, it's one of the popular recipes at my space.

Panchpakwan said...

Dal biryani looks delicious..

Priya said...

Thats a delicious dal briyani,truly nutritious and hearty..

notyet100 said...

something new for me ,looks yum,..

Laavanya said...

I saw the whole masoor recently and was thinking how pretty it looks. Had no idea that it could be made into a pulao.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Looks delicious and is very healthy recipe..


savitha ramesh said...

delicious biriyani and wise idea of using dal.

divya said...

wow...thats tempting n appetizing..

LG said...

Recently when I went to Mustafa I bought saboot masoor. This will be a nice recipe to start cooking with it.

swapna said...

Healthy and delicious briyani....

aipi said...

Nice recipe using lentils n rice both and making a delicious one pot meal!! Looks great :)

US Masala

Smita said...

this sounds healthy... and tasty,new way to eat dal and chawal love it :)

Prathibha said...

Lovely biryani,I love these kind...looks yumm

Sush said...

looks very tempting Sowmya.

Dr.Sameena Prathap

Hey Soumya,

Delicious and tempting biryaani...Love the clicks..:)


Priti said...

I love this dal ...biryani with this is new to me and looks yum


Briyani with masoor dal sounds so unique and good!

Usha said...

Healthy biryani and looks delicious !

mohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read Cooking Under 10 Minutes by Tarla Dalal. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Very new to me...healthy twist.

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