Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dal Tadka and Parwal Fry

Now that my children are firmly on the path of recovery, i am slowly looking beyond soups n fresh juices.Have so many recipes bookmarked and am just itching to dish out some good fare. 
Anyways, today i made this tadka dal n parwal along with some hot phulkas. This combination is often made at my inlaws place and my hubby's favourite. My mom-in-law has specialised in this and my recipe is from her.Together with some salad it is the best comfort food. 

Parwal or Pointed gourd is not only nutritious but also can be widely used in making chutney, stew or can be made a delightfully stuffed with choice ingredients and shallow fried. Since i am making only healthy food this week this combo makes a second appearance in my kitchen within a week. The recipe is very simple and it is a very easy preparation

So here's my version of Dal Tadka----


  • Lentlis ( Tuvar n Moong )- 1 large cup
  • Onion (medium)- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Small Red Chillis - 2
  • Garlic - 6 to7 pods (finely chopped)
  • Butter for seasoning
  • Mustard n Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - a few
  • Dry Mango Powder - a pinch or two
  • Garam Masala - a little (optional)
  • Turmeric Powder - a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves- ltlle for garnishing
How do i make it----

Wash the lentils well and pressure cook them with turmeric powder in enough water. Keep aside.

In a kadai, melt some butter and add the mustard. As it splutters add cumin seeds. Now add the curry leaves and the small red chillis and saute. Now add the finely chopped garlic pods and saute -let the aroma engulf the kitchen. Add the onions and saute till it is translucent.

Add salt to taste, Dry Mango Powder and the garam masala and cook 

Finally add the cooked lentils with some water and let the whole mix simmer for a few minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander, and a little butter. Take it off flame.

Serve hot.

Parwal Fry:- with a very few ingredients this fry is very easy to make

Ingredients :-
  • Parwal (Pointed Gourd ) - 1/2 kg
  • Onions - 2 to 3 (sliced)
  • Gun Powder (Milagai Podi) - as required
  • Oil- little
  • Mustard n Urad Dal- 1 tsp
  • Salt - to tatse
  • Turmeric Powder - a pinch

Wash the parwals well . 

Cut it through the length and scoop out the seeds from inside. Slice it in to thin pieces as shown.

In a kadai, add some oil and allow the mustard and urad dal to splutter. Add turmeric powder and saute the sliced onions till trans lucent. 

Add the cut vegetables with little water and close the lid of the kadai. Allow it to cook for some time. 

Once it cooks take the lid off and add salt as well as the gun powder to taste. Gun Powder is a masala powder made from dry roasting lentils with red chillis along with white sesame seeds and asafoetida.The reason i am adding Gun Powder instead of the red chilli powder is to give the stir fry a  nice rough texture and it tastes awesome. 

Let it cook for some more minutes till the parwal turn a delicious golden brown.

Take off flame and serve hot.

Sending this recipe to Aipi's Bookmarked Recipes- Event Tuesday
Also sending to Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by The Crispy Cook


  1. Wonderful combo..Dal tadka and phulkas with a traditional Parwal recipe..Yumm..


  2. Yumm!! wat a nutritious dal and tempting parwal fry..both looks wonderful..

  3. Looks delicious and yummy....dal is such a comfort food:)

  4. Wow both the dishes looks so yum with those chapathi's :)

  5. Great combo and looks delicious,thanks for sharing dear..


  6. Very nice and simple combo.adding gun powder sounds a nice idea..

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Excellent flavor combination, it sounds and looks fantastic!

  8. I love a meal like this,it has all the nutrition we can get from one meal and without any compromise on flavors.I hope your kids are alright,I am sorry to hear they were not well. You are preparing very healthy and tasty meals for your family,keep it up !!!

  9. Yummy Tadka and fry, very delicious combination.

  10. Reminds me of my days in Delhi - Love the combo...Simple yet scrumptious

  11. I love the entire menu...yum yum yum

  12. First time here .
    Loved this platter , dal roti and bhujia is a favorite menu .

  13. That looks good, and quite comforting for the recovering kids.

  14. Great comfort food and hope you all feel better soon!

  15. Loved the platter..so yummy and comforting.

  16. This is completely new to me dear! Looks lovely...;)

    Thanks for the award ya...I'll post soon ;)

  17. I loveee parwal and am drooling over this yummy platter of daal tadka,phulka n parwal fry :)
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event..)
    Just one thing..you didn't mention anywhere, how it was bookmarked or what was the source of this recipe. You must indicate this in order to link it to "Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday" event. will appreciate if you please update your post with this info..Thanks again!

    US Masala

  18. @ aipi the recipe is from my mother-in law, she cooks this way--- will update this info

  19. Thank you for sending these delicious recipes over to WHB #262. I enjoyed learning about parwal.