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Dal Panchratan

October 24, 2008

Dal a great combination of five dals (lentils) cooked and seasoned with spices.
Adapted from cooking delights of the Maharajas

Dal a great combination of five dals (lentils) cooked and seasoned with spices. Adapted from cooking delights of the Maharajas

We as a family love to travel and collect memorabilia and some unique things to that particular place, although I was never keen on traveling but seeing my hubby’s deep desire to learn and explore different places, I too started gaining an interest , we now love to travel and like to take breaks as frequently as his work permits. He is not an impulse planner but rather plans very meticulously about our schedule and packing is done way ahead of our date of travel. This is something I was not so keen on but gradually found that if I resort to last minute packing I happen to miss out on so many things that would otherwise make a big difference.

Since we love to collect things that are unique to that place, my husband always carries an extra empty backpack to carry things back. On our last trip to India we had visited Delhi and Mumbai before hopping over to our home state Orissa. It was an awesome visit and my maiden visit to Taj mahal was so memorable and will forever be cherished. It is definitely one of the greatest wonders of the world and the feeling of standing near the white marbled structure is one of pure peace and absolute serenity. Delhi has so many historical places on offer to visit and it is fun to travel and feel the pulsing city and its enchanting food. We had a great experience eating at Bukhara, one of the most renowned restaurants in Delhi widely known for its awesome food.



Shopping was also great in Gurgaon a developing satellite city close to Delhi & has an array of malls lined up. I picked up few cookbooks and my hubby picked a cookbook featuring the cuisines of Indian Maharajas. The cuisines are very rich in spices and truly unique, I have tried few recipes and one simple recipe is the Dal Panchratan. Dal panchratan is a great combination of five dals (lentils) cooked and seasoned with spices.
Adapted from cooking delights of the Maharajas by Digvijaya Singh

Lets cook this fabulous Dal Panchratan.


Dal Panchratan

  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils (toovar dal)
  • ½ cup red lentils (masoor dal)
  • ½ cup split grams (channa dal)
  • ½ cup split green beans (moong dal)
  • ½ cup split black beans (urad dal)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic crushed
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • ½ teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tablepoon ghee/ butter
  • 1teaspoon turmeric
  • Lemon juice and coriander leaves for garnishing.

In pan sauté the moong dal (green beans) with out oil for couple of minutes. Soak channa dal and urad dal for 30 minutes. In a pressure cooker cook all the dals together adding water (approx 3 cups) and turmeric. Cook them on a medium fire for about 5 to 7 minutes. 

In pan heat butter/ ghee, splutter cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and dry chilies. Add chopped onions and sauté till translucent. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for couple of minutes. Add the cooked dal, cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add more water if needed. Garnish it with garam masala, lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Roti, rice or Naan. So now even if we can’t ever live like the Maharaja’s at least we can try and cook a meal fit for one.

Dal a great combination of five dals (lentils) cooked and seasoned with spices. Adapted from cooking delights of the Maharajas

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  • Reply Passionate About Baking October 24, 2008 at 10:44 am

    oh this dal is yummy Shibani. I make it often with a tadka of garlic & red chillies! And yes, nothing like the Taj Mahal. It's absolutely fascinating.

  • Reply Arundathi October 24, 2008 at 10:44 am

    unfortunately, never been to the taj mahal!! 🙁 but i have eaten at bhukara and the food is outstanding!

  • Reply Divya Vikram October 25, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Eating maharaja food is it?Lovely picture.You always amaze me with your pics..Made me remember our Taj trip..

  • Reply Uma October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    wow, gorgeous taj mahal! Never had a chance to visit this amzing place. Dal looks scrumptious! I like the title too!

  • Reply Uj October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Nice pics of Taj Mahal.. Your dal looks really yummy bookmarked to try.. I use a combination of dals to make dal fry.. will try your method next

  • Reply meeso October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Great pictures, and awesome food 🙂

  • Reply Usha October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I haven’t been to Taj mahal yet but hope to go sometime…it looks truly enchanting…the pancharatan dhal looks yum…and so healthy too:-)

  • Reply Cham October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Being an Indian it is really shame to tell that I never visited Taj Mahal 🙁 But I do have a plan on my future visit to Ur country.
    The dhal is absolutely delish all protein re served in one dish 🙂

  • Reply Sia October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    my dream destination, THE Taj 🙂
    and dal is equally splendid.

  • Reply Happy cook October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Dal looks so yumm.
    I have been to bhukara and enjoued each bite of the dishes.
    I remember seeing the Taj for the first time years and years ago i was mesmerised and have to admit every time i visit there i am still mesmrized by the beauty of it.

  • Reply anudivya October 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Never been to Taj Mahal 🙁
    Lovely pics! You rock girl

  • Reply sowmya October 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

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  • Reply sowmya October 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    dal looks yumm..nice pictures..happy diwali..

  • Reply Tartelette October 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Wonderful pictures of the Taj Mahal and of the dal! Lucky you!

  • Reply Kevin October 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Those buildings are impressive. The soup sounds nice and healthy and tasty.

  • Reply Rico October 26, 2008 at 1:43 am

    I just love Asian cooking full of colour and flavour, this one is no different, looks like is very flavoursome and fragrant, as well as pleasing to the eye.
    Keep cooking…

  • Reply Arfi Binsted October 27, 2008 at 12:19 am

    OMG! The Taj Mahal looks so enchanting. I’d love to visit India sometimes. Our good friends always visit Punjab for three months or so to teach English and help the monastery people there. I’d like to get the feel of Indian culture although Indonesian itself has a hint of Hinduism brought by Indian traders in the ancient time. Thank you for visiting my blog. Would love to add you on my keeping in touch blogroll. Cheers!

  • Reply Pragyan October 27, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Another one here to have never been to Taj Mahal 🙁 Thanks for sharing the pics! Thought you would like to know this – In Orissa, these days, they get this tadka dal packs with small masala packs in them – quite good though does not stay good for long – just add some egg bhuji and this dal – yummy! Sorry for the long comment.

  • Reply Aparna November 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

    That dal is ceratinly fir for a king. Many of these dals were cooked very slowly to bring out the flavours. Yummmmmm!
    Tha last time we were in Delhi long enough, our daughter was very small. So the Taj Mahal is still waiting for us to visit. 🙂

  • Reply Simona November 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    This dish sounds delicious: I would love to try some, since I love lentils. Thanks for participating.

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