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Urid dal

I picked up a large bag for a great bargain price. I would be grateful for some suggestions as to how to use it.

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

asked about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

Urad dal is used a lot in Indian cuisine, particularly in South Indian cuisine. We make the classic dosa and idli with it. It is also used in stir fries for a bit of crunch. Here are my recipes, if you are interested:

Cabbage stir fry: http://nashplateful.blogspot...

Dosa: http://nashplateful.blogspot...

Idli:http://nashplateful.blogspot...

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added about 3 years ago

It is used in Pakistani cooking as a dry daal. You cook it until all of the water evaporates. Garlic, ginger, green chilies, tomato, cilantro, coriander powder, red chili, cumin powder, black pepper and salt to taste. Enjoy with roti, a Pakistani flat bread:)

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added about 3 years ago

Thank you, Plateful. I'll take a look at these right away. In the meantime, I apologize for the fact that my Hindi is a bit lacking. Could you please translate dosa and idli for me?

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boulangere

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added about 3 years ago

Thank you, Mirchi Chef. That sounds wonderful. How much water to how much dal?

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added about 3 years ago

Check out this question from pauljoseph I think urad dal ia mentioned along with some uses: Wonder if urad and urid are the same?
http://www.food52.com/foodpickle...

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added about 3 years ago

If you search dosa and idli here, both recipes and foodpickle, you'll find more. And skim over recipes from Panfusine and pauljoseph... I think we're assuming that you have the skinned and split -- it's also available as whole; and also spelled urad. Maybe this will open up a delicious whole new world view for you!

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added about 3 years ago

Thanks, sdb and sg. I'll check on them both. Yes, susan g, they're skinned & split. I grabbed them because I had no idea what they were, and knew they would open some new doors.

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added about 3 years ago

You are in for a serious treat!

As other folks have mentioned, urid/urad dhal (potato/po-tah-toe - take your pick) is widely used in South India. It's a key ingredient in savory crepes (dosas) and spongy buns (idli). In both dishes, urad dhal is ground with rice and left to ferment.

You can use urad dhal in smaller quantities to flavor oil for stir-fried vegetables. It produces a welcoming aroma,akin to toast or freshly popped corn. In Kerala, this type of stir-fry is referred to as a thoran.

Here are links to my mom's recipes for spinach and cabbage thoran.

http://cardamomkitchen...

http://cardamomkitchen...

Be watchful as you toast the urad dhal. It burns easily.

Cheers,
Susan
www.cardamomkitchen.blogspot...

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Dosa and idli are basically Indian pancakes made from the same ingredients. Idlis are steamed fluffy pancakes that look like flying saucers. Dosa on the other hand is a thin and crispy.

Urad dal is also used as a seasoning to add a bit of crunch to stir-fries or salad. All you need to do is toss it in a bit of fat for 15 seconds and voila! Hope this helps.

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added about 3 years ago

Wow, Susan, thank you so much for sharing your mom's recipes. And thank you for the translation, Plateful. You've all helped me tremendously, thank you!

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added about 3 years ago

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh.........

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I recently took out a bag of whole urad dal that I bought in the late 70's. I cooked some, hoping it wasn't going to be one of those 'beans that are too old and never get cooked' -- and it cooked up just like it ought to. (Thinking about how long it might take to go through your supply)

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added about 3 years ago

Thank you, susan g. Great to know. At 4# for $1.75 and a tablespoon here and there, it's looking like a long trip to the bottom of the bag.

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added about 3 years ago

You can make iddly,dosa with Urid dal etc http://indiankeralafood...

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boulangere

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added about 3 years ago

Thank you, pauljoseph.

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luvcookbooks

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added about 3 years ago

I make the Breakfast Dal from food52 all the time, usually for dinner. Doesn't call for urad dal but works with it.
http://www.food52.com/recipes...
Also Antonia James White Urad Dal with Cashews
http://www.food52.com/recipes...
You wouldn't think it from her name, but she makes dynamite Indian food.
Pauljoseph you already have above.

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added about 3 years ago

from Urad dal we can make lotsa of stuff. The most common ones are mentioned by lot of foodies above like dosa (Savory crepes), idlis (Fluffly ) , then there is uttapam . I have two more dishes to share which is (Dahi Bhalla) Dahi means Yogurt and bhalla are deep dried savory doughnuts. Its usually served cold and its a make ahead dish. Another dish that I like, is a simple breakfast dish called "Upma". Please check out my recipes of both of these dishes in my recipe section . Both are easy to cook .
Happy Cooking!

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Thank you both - everyone's generosity and ideas are fantastic.

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added almost 3 years ago

I just uncovered another recipe that looks like that crossover of exciting and comforting -- http://www.food52.com/recipes...
In the comments she has another take on the recipe. Hope you're making headway!

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added almost 3 years ago

Thank you so much, susan g. I've had a great time experimenting with them and have eaten my way into all-new territory.

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added about 2 years ago

Wash Urid Dal thorughly. Boil in 2 parts of water in a cooker, In a separate pot put some Ghee or Oil,add asafotida (hing),cumin seeds, tumeric powder,green chillies,once sizzling,add boiled urid dal, add salt to taste. let it simmer for 5 mins. finally finish off with fresh chopped coriander leaves,

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added about 2 years ago

I have tried over many years to master the art of making dosas and idlis, but without much success. However, I do used urid dal as a basis for many dal or dal-and-rice-based curries. It is a delicious little lentil that acts as a spice as much as a staple.