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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Chp 782. Bachelor Dal

Previous posts - Bachelor Potatoes | Bachelor Bai

Dal is one of the most basic yet important part of almost every Indian meal. You can have it with rice or with different types of bread.

I love all sorts of dal, from Dal Fry to Dal Tadka, Dal Makhani, Dal Bukhara, Palak Dal, Toor Dal, Panchratna Dal, Bengali Masoor Dal and so on, along with their cousins like Rajma and Sambar (the only Dal I don't like is Gujarati Dal as it is sweet).

In this post, I will show you how I make my famous Bachelor dal, which is extremely simple and easy to make.

You will need -

Dal (red masoor dal variant)
Turmeric powder and salt. That's it!

Simple right?

First, wash the dal and soak it in water for some time.

Soaking dal (or rice) before cooking makes it faster to cook, and also, since this is a bachelor dal, you don't have any girl to soak wet, so this is the only soaking you'll get to do.

Next, slice a couple of onions and chillies.

Heat some oil in a pan, and once it is heated, throw in the sliced onions.

People usually make this type of dal in a pressure cooker, but everything is so easy that way. Since we are making a bachelor dal, there is no pressure from any missus or wife, so no need to use a pressure cooker, you can take your own sweet time :)

Once the onions start to turn brown, add 1 tbsp of turmeric powder along with the chopped onions and stir.

Finally, drain the water from the soaked dal and add the dal to the pan.

Stir nicely for some time and let the boiling oil nicely sizzle around the dal pieces (the only type of hot sizzling you'll experience as a bachelor).

Finally, add filter water to the brim.

Stir occasionally.

The dal will start to boil.

They will start absorbing most of the water.

Hence it is important to keep adding a little bit water now and then, with continuous stirring to prevent the bottom part of the pan from getting burnt. Once it is almost ready, sprinkle salt and stir again. Thadaaa, your bachelor dal is ready!

Goes great with any food, from rice to roti, or just as soup too.

BONUS recipe.

Wanna spice up your bachelor dal a little bit?

Add canned fish!

Soooo good! Just add a can or two of sardines as the dal is almost done, and then stir very gently so as not to break the fish into little pieces.


And so, that is my little secret on how to make a bachelor dal. Hope you find this blog post useful. Stayed tuned for more upcoming bachelor dishes. Cheers until then.

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