After long time, got a weekend with family. Lately, had been too busy with exams, fashion shows, travelling and much more. Finally, this the last weekend of the year 2013, I had decided to spend with my family and my besties.
It was cold Sunday morning, my best friends and I had decided to cook a meal together for our family. As we all reside close by our families too are good friends. All had gathered at my place for the brunch.
We all friends, decided to make our most popular, filling and traditional Rajasthani dish ‘Daal Batti’. It is very famous in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan. The dish has lentils (dal) and hard wheat.
We had started, by soaking the – Moong, Urad and Chana dal with 3 cups of water. Had soaked it for an hour. Meanwhile, we prepared the bati.
For the bati
Take atta, ghee,salt in a bowl together and pour sufficient water to knead the dough. Ensure the dough is thick than soft. Once the dough is ready, start-making lemon sized balls of the dough and keep it in a greased oven plate so the dough do not sticks the tray. Ensure that the balls are rounded firmly and placed on a greasy baking tray. Then Pre heat the oven to 180 °C and place the tray into the oven for 20-30 mins. When done serve with a bowl of hot melted ghee to soak the batti and dal.
Coming back to the dal, after an hour we boiled the dal by adding turmeric, salt and then mashed it with ladle once boiled. Then on the other side, heated a pan, added ghee, dry chilli, jeera, hing, elaichi, curry leaves, cloves, bay leaves, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, red chilli powder and cooked until the ghee floats to the top. Then added this to the boiled dal, stirred until mixed properly and gave a boil. Then turning of the flame garnished it with green coriander leaves and drop of lemon juice.
As you all know, fashion is what I live by, so to make the mouth-watering dish more trendy had served it with the line of long masala onions, sour mango chutney at side. There was a big smile on our families face and all of us further spent a great afternoon relishing the tasty dal batti and exchanging words with each other. In addition, the servings you can check online since we were four families so the servings were grand.