Tamarian Director of Sales Chris Saliga shares a recipe and the steps to prepare one of his favorite Nepali dishes, Dal Bhat.
Chris: A little background on the dish; Dal bhat is a traditional meal from the Indian subcontinent, popular in many areas of Nepal, Bangladesh and India. It consists of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup called dal. Bhat or Chawal means “boiled rice” in a number of Indo-Aryan languages. It literally means “lentils with rice”. It is a staple food in these countries and is the national dish of Nepal. Himalayan trekkers are served this dish by the Sherpa and Tibetan guides before heading off into Mountains. There is a saying, “Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour!”
What I cooked is the simple recipe given me from one our Esteemed factory partner’s wife during a recent trip to Nepal. Styles vary; you can also serve it with curry, pickle, yogurt and meat. In Nepal and traditional Nepalese eateries ,the various items are often put in little compartments like an old school lunch tray.
- 2 tablespoons ghee or oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped finely
- 1 diced tomato
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup red lentils washed
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 sliced red pepper
- 2 cups cooked basmati rice to serve with dal.
Cook Basmati rice
- bring 2 cups of water to a boil
- add one cup of rice
- reduce, cover and cook 20 minutes.
Once rice is on begin the Lentil soup…
- Put two tbsp cooking oil in a medium size pan over medium heat
- Add ½ Teaspoon cumin seed, one small yellow onion chopped and a tomato diced
When the onion is translucent add:
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon salt.
- Three garlic cloves finely chopped
Cook for a couple of minutes
Add 1 cup cleaned and washed lentils and fry for 2 minutes
Add three cups of water bring to boil, reduce and cook for 15 minutes covered
There are variations of this simple recipe online so BE ADVENTUROUS and don’t be afraid to explore new ways of tapping into that DAL BHAT POWER FOR 24 HOURS! As our esteem partner overseas reminded us when we solicited this recipe:
Lentil soups are good for health too. Specially kidney.Jigmay
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