Daal Baati (Indian Lentil Soup & Baked Flour Balls)

Dal-Baati is a staple dish from the state of Rajasthan in India. Dal is a lentil curry which Indians love and make in uncountable variations that are possible. Baati is a flour ball which is traditionally baked on coals. My recipe is an oven version, as that Is what was readily available to me. This is usually accompanied with garlic and tomato chutney and gate ki sabzi which is a chickpea flour gravy.

PREPARATION TIME: 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 45 minutes
SERVINGS: 2-3
DIFFICULTY SCALE: High

INGREDIENTS:  

For the baati:

  1. Whole wheat flour – 1.5 cups
  2. Carom seeds – ½ teaspoon
  3. Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  4. Milk – 1 cup
  5. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  6. Salt – to taste
  7. Ghee (clarified butter) – 4 tablespoons

For the dal:

  1. Toor dal (split pigeon peas) – ½ bowl
  2. Onion – 1 medium, chopped
  3. Tomatoes – 2 medium, fine paste
  4. Turmeric Powder – 1 teaspoon
  5. Coriander Power – 1 tablespoon
  6. Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  7. Red Chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  8. Oil – 2 tablespoons, for tempering
  9. Salt – to taste
  10. Coriander Leaves – for garnish

RECIPE:

  1. Soak the toor dal in a bowl of water and keep aside.
  2. Add the whole wheat flour, carom and cumin seeds, salt and oil in a big bowl and massage the flour to mix the oil well.
  3. Add milk to the bowl and knead the mix to a soft dough.
  4. Slap some oil on the dough and rest it for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Add the soaked toor dal in a pressure cooker and add salt and turmeric powder and add 3 cups of water. Place the pressure cooker on high flame and after a whistle, turn down the flame to low and allow it to cook for 10 more minutes.
  6. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Take a pan and add oil to it. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds. Once they start to crackle, add chopped onions to it.
  8. Once the onions have caramelized and turned brown add chili and coriander powder and let it cook for a minute.
  9. Grind the tomatoes in a blender and add the paste to the pan and allow it to cook till the oil starts to leave the pan.
  10. Add the tempering to the boiled dal and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  11. Make small round balls from the dough and place them on a microwave tray. Brush them well with oil and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes at 175 degrees.
  12. You might need to turn the balls if they are browning a bit more on the bottom to ensure a smooth overall color.
  13. Take a pan and melt the ghee/clarified butter. Add the baked flour balls to the ghee and let them sit there for a minute to soak it. Drain the baatis and serve hot.
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