Daal Bhindi

Dal Bhindi is a side dish made with Okra and dal. The dish is very unique with a protein punch. It pairs well with chapati or paratha. 

 

Dal Bhindi is my pick for the alphabet D for the A to Z series where I am posting all Thali Recipes from my drafts. I learnt to cook the Dal Bhindi from our neighbour aunty, who was an excellent cook. Okra tastes awesome in the dish and the dal gives it a lovely crunch, besides it makes a nice and filling dish which is perfect pair with some hot rotis.

 

Bhindi or Okra is a nutritious veggie with many health benefits. It is low in cholesterol, has anti-cancer properties, is full of iron and magnesium. Well, these are just a few of them, you could read more about them here.

 

To make Dal Bhindi you must keep a few things in mind, which will help you to get a perfectly delicious side dish. The points to be remembered are –
1. The pigeon pea / toor dal should be soaked at least two hours prior to your cooking time. The cooking time for Okra is less as a result it will not get cooked along with okra, if not soaked.
 2. The okra has to be chopped into fine slices.
3. Make sure you cook the okra with a lid with a rimmed lid, with water in it, which will help in even steam cooking.

 

Dal Bhindi was a part of the North Indian Thali which was made for the September Mega Marathon where our theme was the Thali and Platter Festival.
Dal Bhindi

Dal Bhindi

Ingredients

1/2 cup Toor dal
500 gms bhindi/okra
2-3 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 whole red chillies
Pinch asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
A few drops of lemon juice
Salt to taste

 

Method

Wash and soak toor dal for at least one hour.
Prepare the bhindi by cutting heads and tails and then making thin slices.
Heat 2 -3 tbsp oil.
Add mustard, asafoetida and a pinch of asafoetida
Add the whole red chillies and immediately add the soaked and drained toor dal.
Sauté for a minute or two.
Add the bhindi, salt and turmeric powder.
Sauté for a minute so that the spices are mixed and the bhindi is well coated with oil.
Simmer the flame and cover the pan using a rimmed lid or a thali.
Pour 1/2 cup water on the lid.
Let bhindi cook for a few minutes.
Remove the lid carefully and stir the bhindi.
If cooked add coriander powder, chilly powder and lemon juice.
Sauté on full for a few minutes.
If the bhindi is not cooked, place the lid back and let them cook before adding spices.

Daal Bhindi

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Dal Bhindi
Dal Bhindi is a side dish made with Okra and dal. The dish is very unique with a protein punch. It pairs well with chapati or paratha. 
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 2-3 Hours
Servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 2-3 Hours
Servings
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak toor dal for at least one hour.
  2. Prepare the bhindi by cutting heads and tails and then making thin slices.
  3. Heat 2 -3 tbsp oil.
  4. Add mustard, asafoetida and a pinch of asafoetida
  5. Add the whole red chillies and immediately add the soaked and drained toor dal.
  6. Sauté for a minute or two.
  7. Add the bhindi, salt and turmeric powder.
  8. Sauté for a minute so that the spices are mixed and the bhindi is well coated with oil.
  9. Simmer the flame and cover the pan using a rimmed lid or a thali.
  10. Pour 1/2 cup water on the lid.
  11. Let the bhindi cook for a few minutes.
  12. Remove the lid carefully and stir the bhindi.
  13. If cooked add coriander powder, chilly powder and lemon juice.
  14. Sauté on full for a few minutes.
  15. If the bhindi is not cooked, place the lid back and let them cook before adding spices.
Recipe Notes

3 thoughts on “Dal Bhindi”

  1. This is an interesting recipe. We do with beans, dal and bhendi is a new combinations for me. It sounds delicious and I am going to make a point to try this delicious curry.

  2. I have never made a dry curry with toor dal and this is such an interesting recipe. Bhindi is our favorite vegetable and I really want to make this recipe. So the toor dal cooks in the short time?

  3. This is an interesting combination of bhindi and dal and looks so flavorful. I am going to try this out soon.

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