Dal Bhari Parathe Recipe Step By Step | How To Make Chana Dal Paratha at Home

Dal Bhari Paratha or Dal Bhari Puri we call it both at home. When I say puri you might picture the deep-fried fluffs, no the chana dal bhari puri is more like parathas but has its unique taste. Not to confuse with the puris and parathas, I am using Dal Bhari paratha as the term. You cannot resist having more than one (Calorie Alert!), especially when you have these dal bhari parathas with mango or Karele ki meethi sabzi. Try it now and thank me later 😀

To give you a brief, the dal bhari – it’s the most understood word at home which means dal bhari paratha – is a stuffed paratha. The stuffing includes chana dal or split Bengal gram as the main ingredient. It is one of the commonly found lentils in India, and also one of the widely used among dals. It is made with fewer ingredients. The blend of turmeric, onion, ginger, garlic and cumin seeds make the taste of Dal Bhari Parathas heavenly.

Well, I know you might want it right now! Let’s head straightaway to the recipe.

How To Make Dal Bhari Parathas at Home

  • Servings: 15-16 parathas
  • Difficulty: Medium
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A step by step recipe guide to Making Dal Bhari Paratha


Ingredients

For Dough

  • 500 gm Wheat Flour
  • Water as required
  • Two pinches Salt

For Grinding

  • 200 gm or 1.5 cups Chana Dal or Bengal Split gram
  • 1 tsp Haldi or Turmeric powder
  • 1 Small Onion, roughly chopped
  • 8 Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch Ginger piece
  • ½ tsp Zeera or Cumin seeds, roasted
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 2 cups Water
  • Salt to taste

To fry the stuffing

  • 1 big Onion, sliced and chopped
  • 1 cooking spoon Mustard oil
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala or All-Spice Powder

For Frying the Dal Bhari Parathas

  • Mustard oil or Refined oil for frying

Directions

  1. Knead atta or wheat flour for parathas; the dough should be soft.
  2. Add salt while kneading the dough.
  3. Once the dough is kneaded, cover it with a damp muslin cloth and keep it aside.
  4. Take a pressure cooker. Add all the mentioned ingredients “For Grinding” to the pressure cooker.
  5. Close the lid and keep the pressure cooker on simmer.
  6. Let the chana dal cook for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat. Open the lid.
  8. Let the cooked dal cool.
  9. Grind the cooked chana dal to a smooth paste.
  10. Take a wok or kadhai, add 1 cooking spoon mustard oil and heat it.
  11. Add the large onion we had chopped separately.
  12. Saute till onions turn pinkish.
  13. Add the chana dal paste and garam masala.
  14. Mix and sauté for 5 minutes on low heat. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
  15. The chana dal stuffing is ready for Dal Bhari.
  16. Make equal sizes of dough balls.
  17. Take one dough ball, flatten it till palm size with the rolling pin.
  18. Put the chana dal mixture in the centre and now join the edges of the rolled dough.
  19. With light hands, flatten the stuffed dough ball into a paratha.
  20. On a heated griddle or tawa, place the dal bhari paratha.
  21. Flip over to cook evenly. Apply mustard oil on both the sides of the paratha for frying.
  22. Cook till golden.
  23. Repeat the process (from step 16-21) to make parathas, as required.
  24. Serve it with mango slices of Meethe Karele ki Sabzi or even Karonde ki Sabzi.

Step by Step Recipe for Dal Bhari Parathas

Knead dough for parathas; add two pinches of salt while kneading. The dough should be soft. Once kneaded, cover with a damp muslin cloth and keep it aside.

Take a pressure cooker. Put all the above-mentioned ingredients “For Grinding” in the Ingredients list. Mix the ingredients with a spatula. Close the lid and put the pressure cooker on low heat.

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Let the Chana Dal cook for 20-25 minutes. Do not add more water than required; we just need to get the dal cooked to make the paste. If the dal will be watery, you won’t be able to make a proper stuffing.
After 20-25 minutes, let the steam from the pressure cooker rest. Open the lid and let the Chana Dal cool down.

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Once the dal is cool enough, put it in a grinder jar and grind to make a smooth paste. You can divide the portions into two and grind one by one.

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Keep the Chana Dal paste aside.

Now, take a kadhai or a wok and add mustard oil. Heat it.

Add the chopped onions; remember we had chopped a large onion for frying? This is the step for it. Saute the onions till pinkish and soft.

Now add the chana dal paste and garam masala. Mix them well with a spatula. Saute for 5 minutes.
Once done, turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

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Take the kneaded dough, we had kept aside earlier. Make equal dough balls out of it. Take one dough ball to flatten it with the rolling pin. The flattened disc should be of a small palm size so that you can put the mixture for stuffing.

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Add the mixture to the centre of the rolled disk. Join all the edges to make the round ball again. Now flatten it lightly with your hand and start rolling with the rolling pin. Roll big enough to make a paratha.

Take a griddle or a tawa and put it on the stove. Heat. On the heated griddle, place the Dal Bhari paratha. Flip it to cook evenly. Now apply some mustard oil over it. Flip over, apply the oil on the other side as well. Cook till golden.

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Repeat the process to make more Dal Bhari parathas. Serve it with mango slices (if mango is still available at your place) or Meethi Karele ki Sabzi or Karondey ki Sabzi. You can even have the Dal Bhari Paratha with a pickle.

Make Crispy French Fries at Home | Recipe

Who doesn’t love French Fries? It was that Summery Monday evening when no one would want to go in the kitchen, the reason being soaring temperature in north India. But as usual I was hungry 😀 and since I wanted good food, I thought to make something easy peasy. And what’s better than the homemade french fries, the Indian style! Last I had these french fries were at Mc Donald’s… The fast-food joint, Mc D and french fries sounds familiar, right? The challenge was to make the french fries crispy and yayyy, I did it!

Before heading to the recipe, I would want you to know that I used this cutter to get the potato french fries evenly, just like the way we get it outside. You can also cut the potato fingers with a knife, but trust me, it gets a lot easier if you have this cutter. I will share the review for the same in coming days.

To know the recipe of crispy french fries and how to make it in an easy way… scroll down.

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How To Make Crispy French Fries at Home

  • Servings: 6 persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A step by step recipe guide to cooking french fries the indian style


Ingredients

  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • Cold water
  • Refined oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Chat Masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chillie Powder
  • Oregano (optional, as per requirement)
  • Tomato Sauce (as accompaniment)

Directions

  1. Peel the potatoes, rinse and keep them in cold water.
  2. One by one cut all the potatoes in equal size.
  3. Leave them in cold water for five minutes.
  4. Take the potatoes out and rub it on a towel to remove the excess water.
  5. In hot oil, take some chopped potatoes and fry for 6-8 minutes or just until the potatoes could be easily pricked with a fork. Likewise, fry all the chopped potatoes.
  6. Now, keep the fried finger fries in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. After 10 minutes, take out the potato fingers and fry them again in batches. The oil must be extremely hot. Do not simmer at any point.
  8. Sprinkle salt, oregano (optional), red chilli powder and chat masala powder, mix.
  9. Serve with tomato sauce or red chilli tomato sauce.

Step-by-Step Method for Homemade Crispy French Fries, Indian style

Rinse, peel the potatoes and rinse again. Keep the peeled potatoes in cold water. Cut them one by one. As said earlier, I had used the cutter to get equal sized potato fingers to make restaurant-style crispy french fries. You can chop the potatoes with a knife. Cut all the potatoes in equal size.

Now, keep all the chopped potatoes in cold water for five minutes; in this way, the potatoes won’t darken. Take the potatoes out after five minutes and rub the potato fingers on a towel to remove any excess water.

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In a deep wok or kadhai, add refined oil and heat. Fry the potatoes in batches. Fry till they just get soft or could be easily pricked with a fork. Likewise, fry all the chopped potatoes.

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Now, keep the fried french fries in the freezer for 10 minutes. We need to fry them again. Frying french fries twice make them crispy from outside and soft as required from inside.

After ten minutes, take out the potato fingers and fry them again in batches. This time, take note that the oil must be extremely hot. Do not simmer at any point. Take out the fries when dark golden and allow the excess oil to drain.

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Sprinkle salt, oregano (optional), red chilli powder and chat masala powder over the french fries and mix.

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Serve the crispy french fries with tomato sauce or red chilli tomato sauce. Enjoy the evening!

— Recipe shared by Sara Khan


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Ten Must-Have Drinks to Keep You Hydrated during Indian Summers

Even if you are the person who loves summers, the sweltering heat is the one thing you must be hating about it. The hotter months take a toll on each one of us, leaving our bodies sweaty and tired.

During the summer, when we move out under the sun our bodies warm up and releases certain fluids in the form of sweat. Hence, it is advised to keep our bodies well-hydrated during these days of soaring temperatures.

Although water does its task well of satiating our thirst, we also need some summery beverages to give our body that cooling effect against the scorching heat.

These drinks not only keep you hydrated but also refreshes your mood. Moreover, these are age-old beverages require some easily available ingredients and just a few minutes from your busy schedule.

Ten Must-Have Summers Drinks

So, here is a list of 10 must have drinks during summers. What are you waiting for? Let’s give them a look!

Shikanji

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade out of it! Well, this isn’t just a life advice but truly a summer tip. Nimbu Pani or lemonade is one of the easiest and fastest drink to prepare. All you need is – lemons, sugar, salt and cold water. To improve its taste and refreshing component, you can add black pepper, cumin seeds or mint leaves to water, sugar and lemon mixture.

Aam Pana

Aam Panna Recipe
How to Make Aam Panna

This savoury beverage made out of ripe mangoes is perfect to beat the heat and feel light and cool. This refreshing summer cooler is prepared using ripe mango pulp, blended with cumin seeds and mint leaves, with a pinch of black pepper sprinkled over it. The zingy taste of Aam panna can keep you energized for hours. Click here for Aam Panna recipe

Jaljeera

If you are facing digestion issues particularly during summers, then jaljeera is the best-suited drink for you. It is prepared using cumin seeds or jeera by first roasting them then making them into a coarse powder and then mix it in water. You can also buy a readymade jaljeera masala from the market and prepare your glass of goodness.

Sattu Sharbat

A truly desi summer beverage, sattu can keep your body refresh even during the hottest days. Apart from hydrating, sattu has many benefits to serve. It is made using sattu flour, sugar (or salt for savoury flavour) and water. Moreover, since it is also quite filling, a glass of Sattu sharbat is good to keep you energized for hours.

Coconut water

Cucumber Coconut Water Drink

Mildly sweet taste and refreshing aroma of coconut water can easily give you ease from the summer blues. Moreover, it makes for an electrolyte and, hence, a great option to go for when you feel dehydrated. Click Here for Cucumber Coconut Water Recipe

Sugarcane juice

The sugarcane juice is one remedy to many problems – making for an amazing energy drink, building up plasma and body fluids and eradicating dullness. To improve the refreshing taste of your sugarcane juice, you can add a pint of mint leaves.

Buttermilk

This summer special drink made out of milk (curd) is packed with all the nutrients essential to our body during this hot and sunny weather. Being a traditionally approved summer drink It is definitely favourite of many Indians. Buttermilk or Chhas is good for digestive system. You can add cumin seeds or jeera to enhance its taste.

Lassi

The name is enough to let you think about its creamy texture and sweet and sour taste. This yoghurt-based summer cooler is good to go to not only survive the heat but also revitalise your body. A glass of authentic lassi, topped with a layer of malai makes the drink all the more luscious and fulfilling.

Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon Mint Cooler
Watermelon Mint Cooler

This refreshing summer fruit makes for a super refreshing drink called Watermelon Mojito. Simply, squeeze out the juice of watermelon and read the recipe here to make the perfect summer drink. You can also go to a nearby juice shop or a café to savour this thirst quenching drink.

Barley water

This beverage is not only a summer drink but also known to be a promising remedy for an overall good health. To prepare the drink, all you need is pearl barley, salt, lemon, honey and water.

These summer coolers soothe the body from within and also restore the lost energy during the long and messy days. So, this summer, try not to miss out on any one of them, and also share with us which one is your favourite.

How To Boil Rice Perfectly Recipe

Boiling rice perfectly seems very easy task. I must say it is! Many of the Foodeez Junction readers have asked recipe for how to boil rice perfectly. You can make a “chalta hai” rice i.e., overcooked or mushy. The dilemma is when you have guests at home and you want to treat them with a homemade variety of food or when you have that urge of eating to please your palette and you have this overcooked rice in front of you. What do you do then? Browse through the various recipes on Google or other search engines and waste your time?

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Yes, you might search for N no. of recipes thinking of this could be good, or that or the other one. Well, it’s definitely going to kill your hunger and the craving to have something good. Instead, let me share with you an easy-to-remember recipe that gives the answer to all your queries like how much water is required to boil the rice? When you are cooking basmati rice, what’s the method? How much time is required to get perfectly cooked rice?

Oh, and if you want to follow the age-old grandma’s trick, which is a Chinese traditional trick too, while cooking rice, here it is – when you put rice in the cooking pot, pour water just till the knuckle of your index finger. You need to keep the finger right on the rice and not dip it entirely in the pot. The water should just touch the start of your knuckle. If you are good at measuring inches on your fingers then the water level should be right at one-inch above the rice.

Hey, since you got the secret to cooking rice perfectly, would you mind sharing this How to Boil Rice Perfectly recipe with your friends and family. And if you cooked with the below-mentioned, any of the recipes, and sharing of Facebook or Instagram, share with #foodeezjunction . That ways, I too will get to know (unless you make the post public).

How To Cook Rice on Stove

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How To Cook Rice on Gas Stove

  • Servings: 2-3, depends
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A step by step recipe guide to cooking rice

Remember, it’s not necessary to have a rice cooker to cook it. Start cooking on the stove and later you may or may not opt the rice cooker. It entirely depends on your choice and budget.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 1 ¾ cups Water
  • ¼ teaspoon Lemon Juice


Directions

  1. Take rinsed rice in a cooking pot.
  2. Add water to it and switch on the stove.
  3. Cover the lid of the cooking pot and let the rice cook on low flame for 20 minutes or till al-dante.
  4. Stir just once and with light hands.
  5. Sprinkle the lemon juice and cover the lid.
  6. After 20 minutes, once check the rice, if al-dante, then turn off the gas stove.
  7. Rice is ready!

Tip: If there is excess water, drain it once you turn off the flame.

Method

Rinse the rice in cold water. Now, take the rinsed rice in a cooking pot. The cooking pot should be big enough. Remember, the rice expands while getting cooked.

Add normal water to the rice and put the cooking pot on low flame on the gas stove. Cover the lid of the rice pot and let it cook for 20 minutes or until al-dante. Stir just once. Do not stir it repeatedly as it may break the rice.

When you open the lid to stir the cooking rice, add ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice. Though you can skip this step, I personally would recommend you to add lemon juice. Adding lemon juice avoids mushiness in the rice.

After 20 minutes, now check the rice, if al-dante, turn off the gas stove. If there is excess water drain it quickly. Keep the cooking pot with closed lid on the same turned-off stove burner. The heat will remove excess water.

The rice is ready. You can have it with Arhar dal, it tastes yummm. Try it yourself.

Recipe for Shrimp Spring Rolls and Peanut Butter Sauce | Guest Post

Who does not love Thai cuisines? It is one of the most delicious recipes one can ever taste! I am pretty sure that all of you have thought of creating their own version of shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce as an appetizer.

Fresh shrimp spring rolls are very tasty! Their gummy like wrapper, fresh vegetables and shrimp will surely satisfy your cravings! Continue reading Recipe for Shrimp Spring Rolls and Peanut Butter Sauce | Guest Post

How to Make Namak Para | Namak Pare Recipe for Snacks

Diwali is nearing, and again it’s the time when you start planning ahead for Diwali recipes. This festive season, you can add Namak Pare to the snacks list. Namak pare are easy to make and I’m sure, when you make the snacks with this namak pare recipe, you are definitely going to pat yourself! It’s easy-to-make and simple recipe. Continue reading How to Make Namak Para | Namak Pare Recipe for Snacks

How to Make Lauki ki Sabzi | Easy Recipe for Bottlegourd

Lauki! Many people would make face like this. I couldn’t find the best face than this as I remember a few from my family itself making faces when they hear its lauki ki sabzi in lunch today. Lauki or bottle gourd veggie is common in most of the Indian houses. There are variations like some make lauki ki tamatar wali sabzi, lauki ka kofta and sometimes the plain and simple one lauki ki sabzi, the recipe for which I am sharing here. This is simple, healthy and can be made within fifteen minutes. So, if you are in a hurry for office, you can make this easily and pack in your lunchbox. Continue reading How to Make Lauki ki Sabzi | Easy Recipe for Bottlegourd

Snacks Time! A Quick Recipe for Sweet Corn Chat

Sweet Corn Chat is one of the easiest snacks to make. I would call it a recipe for those who have just started to cook. It’s easy!

You can bookmark this recipe for the time when the guests pay you a visit at home. A healthy snack for munching while chatting with your guests at home. Continue reading Snacks Time! A Quick Recipe for Sweet Corn Chat

The Cooking Marathon and Me

The story of the marathon starts! I cooked six cuisines all in a day and by myself! Woahhh….

Well, as I said, I’m travelling, I had to prepare something, and additionally when I checked my refrigerator, I found there were many things to be consumed otherwise, once I leave the house they would have been left unattended! And, thus, to avoid the wastage, I decided to cook. Continue reading The Cooking Marathon and Me

Introducing Your Sweet Obsession – Apple and Walnut Pie Nacho Crumble | Recipe by HRC India

The most unique dessert awaits you – Apple and Walnut Pie Nacho Crumble! Head to Hard Rock Cafe India and indulge! Available for a short time only.

This video was shared to Foodeez Junction by team Hard Rock Cafe India. Continue reading Introducing Your Sweet Obsession – Apple and Walnut Pie Nacho Crumble | Recipe by HRC India

Chicken Bean Soup Recipe Made with Ray Cooking Spray | Product Review

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Thank you Ray cooking spray (LB Industries PVT Ltd) team to send the product for review. All opinion is 100% mine.

This is the perfect time to review Ray cooking spray! I, recently, underwent gall bladder surgery and, thus, was advised to have less spicy and less oily food. Post surgery, I had to take just 2-3 teaspoons of oil in a day. Meanwhile, I got the Ray cooking spray Sunflower oil to be reviewed. Isn’t it the perfect time? Continue reading Chicken Bean Soup Recipe Made with Ray Cooking Spray | Product Review

How to Make Plain and Simple Sweet Dalia | Recipe

 

It’s been quite a time I had blogged. I underwent a small surgery recently and so the irregularity in posts. It would be for quite sometime.

I have been taking dalia in breakfast and so thought to share the recipe for it. This one is sweet, simple and plain dalia recipe. Though, right now, I’m being treated as a patient I want to tell you there is no such thing called tasteless food. Follow some simple steps and you can make this one into tasty dalia. Continue reading How to Make Plain and Simple Sweet Dalia | Recipe

It’s Never Late! Recipe for Malida, a Winter Dessert

Hey there,

I know it’s been a long long time, since I’ve talked to you. I was missing talking through my posts as (may be as) much you missed reading 🙂

Firstly, I’m wishing you a very happy and healthy 2017. It’s never late! Right? Continue reading It’s Never Late! Recipe for Malida, a Winter Dessert

Sweet Potato Chat, Street-Food Style | Shakarkand ki Chat

Dieting?? Nah! It’s not meant for me. But the thought of putting on weight always haunts me. Is that your problem too?

I, once, had this dieting thing on my mind but healthy diet. And so, one of my friends recommended to have sweet potato chat. In delhi, Sweet potato Chat or Shakarkand ki Chat is a street food. Continue reading Sweet Potato Chat, Street-Food Style | Shakarkand ki Chat