Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Lentils with coconut milk (parippu curry)

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I am in no mood to ramble today because I've not been feeling too well. Took a long bath which was supposed to refresh me, but instead I'm feeling more lethargic. Have so much of work to complete and deadlines to meet but I have just been sitting on it. I started this blog post a couple of days back, and keep writing bits and pieces here and there. So today I finally decided to finish it off. At least I can console myself saying I have finished a blog post.

Coming to the recipe... If you ask me what my comfort (Indian) meal is, I will go for rice, dal, potato fry, pappad and pickle. I can seriously live on dal for any number of days. But for someone who loves dal, I actually don't make it that often. I wonder why. Anyway, I derived inspiration to make this dal after Finla posted her version. I love dal with coconut in it and the tedious traditional way to do this would be to grind dessicated coconut with a whole bunch of other ingredients and add it to the dal etc etc. I have tried that version as well, but this kinda fetches the same, or even better results with the use of just coconut milk.

The recipe is from the book The Kerala Kitchen by Lathika George, a book I stashed away because of a couple of recipes that gave me disastrous results. I found that the masala's mentioned were way way way too much for the said quantities of meat and the book has no pics, which makes it boring and incredibly difficult for me to figure out what the end result should be like. So when Finla posted the recipe with the pic, I couldnt say no. It looked way too good to pass and I decided to give it a shot soon after. I was not disappointed, so yes, I must admit that the book does have its plus points after all.
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Toor dal- 3/4 cups (any lentil can be used)
Water- 2 cups
Thin coconut milk- 1/2 cup (*refer notes)
Ginger- 1 tsp, thinly sliced
Green chilli- 1, slit (add more if required)
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk- 1/2 cup (**refer notes)
Salt- to taste

Tadka
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Shallots, 1/4 cup, thinly sliced
Garlic- 3, thinly sliced
Curry leaves- a sprig
Dry red chillis- 2, torn in half
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Wash the dal and soak it in some water for about an hour or so (I of course don't plan, so omitted this step)
Cook the dal with water, thin coconut milk, ginger, green chillis, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt in a pressure cooker. About 2 to 3 whistles on medium heat should be fine. The lentils should be cooked, but not too mushy. 
Take the cooker off the flame, release the pressure, open the lid and pour in the thick coconut milk. Give a thorough stir. Keep aside.
Heat the oil in a kadai and throw in the mustard seeds.
Once they splutter, follow up with shallots and garlic and fry for about a minute or so, till just when they start browning.
Add the curry leaves and dry chillies, stir around a couple of seconds and take it off the flame.
Pour this over the cooked dal, give a stir and serve hot with some hot rice, pickle and pappad. Ah bliss...
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Notes: Original recipe calls for split pigeon peas, but I didn't have any so used toor dal instead.
If you don't own a pressure cooker (first of all, buy one), do the cooking in a large pot. It might take longer, but it can be done. In that case, once the dal is cooked, take it off the flame and add the thick coconut milk.
While reheating, make sure you don't let it boil.
I froze the remaining dal and it worked out perfect. Just thaw it completely before reheating it on low fire.
*Thin coconut milk is more watery and not thick or creamy. What I do is mix about 1/4 cup canned coconut milk with enough water to get a thin consistency. (it doesn't mean skinny coconut milk or light coconut milk)
**thick coconut milk on the other hand is thicker and much more creamier. If I don't shake the canned coconut milk to mix it up, when I open it, I find a thick layer of coconut cream. I dish this out immediately and use it to make the thick coconut milk, by just diluting it with a few spoons of water or the coconut water collected at the bottom of the can.

39 comments:

Ria Mathew said...

Very pretty photographs!!Evide, Jobin is the dal fan. His fave combo is rice, dal, vendekka mezhukkupuratti, papad and mango pickle :)

I love dal with ground coconut in it as it reminds me of Sadya's. It's one thing we always had on Good Fridays at home, with a big blob of ghee too!

Get well soon, Nisha! Ennu I'm making some kababs ...does that make you feel any better? :)

xo
Ria

Rookie Qookie said...

Dal and Sambhar is the staple at our place - I do all the permutation and combinations with the Vegetables available..But this time I was also gawking at your pics - composition, color contrast and texture :) Very Beautiful!

Tina said...

Beautiful clicks dear..Its my hub's all time fav...yumm.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking dal and presentation

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very tempting and yummy looking curry. Your snaps are excellent.


Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Rekha shoban said...

healthy and simply delicious curry!!pot looks very cute dear!

Satrupa said...

Ahh such a comfort food. Lovely presentation.It's already midweek and Friday is round the corner ..... Hope that makes u feel better ;-)

jeyashrisuresh said...

great clicks and nice recipe

Kalpana Sareesh said...

wow too good texture..

Plateful said...

Dal's comfort food for me too, especially when served with a bowl of steamed hot rice. Nisha, I love love all the props here, esp the mini dishes. Envy you! :)

the blogger formerly known as sansmerci said...

the pic looked toooooo delicious on Fb i had to read the recipe.. am definitely trying this soon!

Charu Srivastava said...

well i hv never tasted dis kinda daal...but this luks really tempting...wil try now for sure !!!

Cassia Bark said...

I love Dal and Coconut combo...we bongs normally mane chana dal or moong dal with coconut bits in them...now i want to try this version as it's looking super yum in the pics!

Hope u feel well soon...it's the weather here isn't it? Absolutely hate it :(

So xx

Asha said...

Never made Parippu with Coconut Milk... Should try it...

Sarah Naveen said...

one of my fav recipe from her book :-)...You have presented it so well Nisha...Long baths makes me sleep and especially when i use some perfumed oils ;-)..Loved the bowl ( ah what is it actually ?) looks so pretty..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Comfprting dhal...with lentils its all the more healthy too. Perfect with a cup of rice :)

vineetha said...

Beautiful pics Nisha...love simple dals...
hope u too see u back in full action soon...take care :)

Aarthi said...

Yummy Yummy...I Love this..The pot looks super cute

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

DivyaGCP said...

Love ur pictures.. Awesome presentation.. Dhal is my comfort food too.. :)

Sumi said...

Even I was tempted after seeing Finla's post, but now I for sure know Iam going to make it :) pictures look lovely

the Junkie book said...

happy holi and women's day. yes i like your comb but would definitely want some beef ulathiyathu :p
the pic is beautiful....chana dal is tastier than toor dal but more gassy as well. love that tiny (not so tiny) pot...nice buy!
good luck with your submissions...arggh deadlines

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Comforting food...Perfect for lazy days..Lovely presentation...

Suchi said...

Hope you are feeling better by now...that dal looks delish...I also do not make dal often enough...don't know why...will shoot you an email soon...I am in a serious email rut...have so many pending ones that the thought scares me off...

PJ said...

just the pic alone screams of comfort meal :) i am not a huge fan of coconut milk in anywhere except thai green curry, but the recipe is tempting.

Kelley said...

This looks so good. What do you mean by "thin coconut milk"? Is that like the "light coconut milk" that comes in cans? Is it possible to just dilute regular coconut milk with some water instead?

Manju said...

Hey dear,
I love daal made this way, I usually make it when I prepare Ona sadhya or Vishu sadhya at home :-)

Loved that bowl, would definitley get one of those if I can find one. ;-)

Regards,
Manju
http://manjuseatingdelights.com

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i LOVE the bowl, dal is comfort food to me too but never tried this version with coocnut before,.. sounds awesome

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

Love this recipe and the fab photos too.

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Ambika said...

I HAVE to try this recipe! I am a dal fan!! And this looks super delish!

Ambika said...

And yes, gorgeous photographs!!! I LOVE that pot!

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's an awesome combo of lentils and coconut milk.....looks luscious....

maha said...

WOW..I love this..Thanks for posting itnice space vth wonderful recipes n awesome pics Dear..

Turmeric n Spice said...

Have to try daal with coconut milk !! looks awesome...i have made eggplant for lunch if u cld get your daal we cld have a potluck :)

i agree when u say books without pix are boring....so hard to figure what the end product will look like.

have a great weekend

themustardseed said...

I have not not tried tur dal with coconut milk. I am sure it must be delicious. The photographs are beautiful.

Bindu said...

Beautiful presentation Nisha.. Dal with coconut milk is neww to me.. have to try it sometime.

My first visit here & I love ur blog.. glad to follow U

Ananda Rajashekar said...

i could lick my screen right away, even if my colleagues would find me wired! such a pretty pic darling! I'm fan of your style of pics! love ur bowl, is it like sauce serving bowl? for me comfort food is rice and dhal, lazy to fry papad and lick pickle *heights of laziness* :D

Kavi said...

Dal looks really luscious! I've never used coconut milk in dal preparation. But it sounds interesting!

Ambika said...

Hey Nisha, I made this yesterday for lunch and LOVED it!! This is going to be a regular in my menu from now onwards, thanks for sharing the recipe!

Nupur UK-Rasoi said...

Every time I come to your blog Nisha, I am lost in the recipes :) .. Bookmarking this one for my next dal prep.