Channa dal in coconut milk

You know you’re a domestic diva when your weekend plan includes operation ‘lice extermination’ from your kids’ heads, you’re planning the menu in the head while walking the treadmill, you make idli maavu, buy veggies, prep them, stock your fridge and feel too tired after all of it and order pizza.

You don’t know the latest Netflix shows, your favourite songs are all old and you’re sleeping with an amrutanjan balm by your pillow, it’s safe to say you’re well into aunty-dom. I think it gets better after this. You can finally be the eccentric aunty you always were – recipe gathering, news-avoiding, sports-illiterate, shopping-crazy fat woman with a thing for mookuthis. You don’t feel the need to fit in, to keep up, to stay in tune. You’re happy to be off key, on your own terms in your own world. You feel happy to stay in bed and fall asleep reading. You feel accomplished and light of mind after decluttering the shelves. Now you’re really, truly free.

Channa dal curry

I am happy to say that we’re somewhere close to the halfway mark with the 100 days of healthy eating challenge. I hope you’re eating healthy too and you are finding this series useful. I’d love to hear your opinions, suggestions or feedback on the series.

Chappathi has been a popular option in my healthy eating series so far because there are umpteen ways to jazz up a simple meal of chappathis and everybody at home enjoys chappathis. Here I serve it with a creamy, lip-smacking Channa dal that is slow-simmered in coconut milk. This dal is my Ammamma’s recipe and a firm family favourite. I was saving this Channa dal curry for a heirloom recipe book along with a grand old story about my Ammamma but I suddenly ran out of recipe ideas and I figured I’d include it in the book too anyways.

Channa dal in coconut milk

This dal is made entirely in a pressure cooker and is simple enough to make on a weekday morning. Hot off the stove chappathis served with this warm, comforting channa dal makes for a wonderful, cozy dinner this time of the year. I threw in a cup of sprouts stirfry for an extra punch of protein. Enjoy!  

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Channa dal in coconut milk

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Channa dal in coconut milk
This Channa dal is a creamy, lip-smacking dal curry slow-simmered in coconut milk. Delightful accompaniment to rotis and chappathis.
  1. Heat a pressure cooker. Add oil to the cooker. When the oil turns hot, add cinnamon and cloves and wait till it turns fragrant. Add ginger garlic paste and chopped onion. Add the pureed tomato and channa dal to the cooker. Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Add 1-1/2 cups of water to the cooker. Stir well, close the pressure cooker and plug in the weight once steam escapes. Pressure cook for 15 minutes or until the channa dal is cooked soft.
  2. Pour coconut milk into the pressure cooker, stir well and cook on medium-low until the flavours blend – about 10 minutes. Switch off. Serve hot with chappathi. Enjoy!
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