28 February 2008

Dalwali Roti/Dal Parathas

Attending weddings and all the ceremonies that accompany them are a whole lot of fun - the family gatherings, dance and music, dressing up in finery, the gossip and merry-making and most importantly, the lavish variety of cuisines that Indian weddings offer. Gorging on the rich, feasty spread day after day for almost two weeks, my tastebuds died and my senses could no longer take in the sight or smell of typical wedding food! All my hungry stomach craved for was some warm dal and rice. Back home in Dubai, I promptly made, what else, dal-chawal for the dil!!

I often end up with left-over dal which are converted into dal parathas or dalwali rotis, which are easy to make and perfect for a filling breakfast. I used leftover toovar dal which tastes the best in the roti/paratha but moong/masoor dals will also work fine. If the dal is too watery, heat it to evaporate the liquid as much as you can, allow it to cool and keep it in the fridge to thicken, before using it for the rotis.


Depending on the consistency of the dal, add atta/whole wheat flour to it, sufficient to make it into a dough. To give the rotis a crunch, add 1 minced onion, 2 minced green chillies and a handful of finely chopped coriander leaves even if the dal already has these ingredients. Add salt if necessary and knead into a dough in the same way as for rotis. Divide the dough into small balls. Roll out a ball into a circle and apply some ghee. Bring the edges together and twist into a ball again. Roll out the stuffed ball into a roti and roast evenly on both sides on a skillet till orange spots appear. Apply ghee on the roti and roast again till it is slightly crisp on the outside but soft inside. Serve hot with a dollop of butter, yoghurt and pickle.

What you do with left over dal? Let me know through your comments.

29 comments:

Asha said...

Hi J, good to see your post. Hope you are doing well girl!:)
Dalwali paratha sounds like great breakfast or lunch to me. Just need some yogurt with it. Excellent!:)
Left over dal is always my next day's lunch with bit of rice or bread slice actually! Hahaha!

Superchef said...

goodie!! i ahve soem leftover not so good dal...n i was blog hopping to see what i can make for lunch!! i think i know!! :) thanks

Vanamala said...

Interesting recipe jyo:)

nice one .....

Uma said...

wonderful idea to use leftover dal. I use leftover dal to make sambhar, ha ha! as simple as that!

Sig said...

Hey welcome back Jyo! Nice daal dish..

DEEPA said...

Wow!! something new and different !!Thanks for sharing

sra said...

Hey, welcome back! I'm yet to eat a dal paratha or roti, you know, the savoury one, I mean.

jayasree said...

Loved ur idea of using up left over dal. No case of left over dal for me.

Kalai said...

Wonderful use of leftover dal!! Great post!

Happy cook said...

I have never had this parathas, but reeally clever to make them

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh wow! this is a wonderful idea!!! I have never tried making parathas with dal...thanx

Shweta said...

Your parathas look great! That's my favorite way of using up leftover daals, the parathas taste great with leftover moong daal (both yellow and green) too. My mom even adds leftover sabzis (mashed) like aloo-gobhi, aloo-methi etc to the dough. If you have very little rice left over to use up, you can add that too, daal parathas are very forgiving :)Another way I use up leftover daal is to heat a tiny bit of ghee, add thinly sliced garlic and green chillies to it and throw in a handful or two of chopped spinach, saute for a minute and add the daal. Turns out real tasty :)

Cynthia said...

This is very interesting. I think I'll give it a try the next time I make dal.

Nags said...

i make sambar with left over daal, mostly :) this is a great idea too!!

Jyothsna said...

Shweta - Thanks for those wonderful tips!

All - Thankyou for your comments!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

i have nver tried dal rotis.. will surely giv it a try.i usually make sambar with left over daal ..:)

Jyothsna said...

Nandu - Dal rotis are soft and tasty, try it!

Aparna said...

Hey, I make this all the time. My daughter just loves them. And the dal makes the roti/ paratha very soft.

Bharathy said...

Nice to see you after a while!..So exhausted after the RCI-round up?(as few of us really made you work hard;))
Yes!very clever idea to use up dal this way!..creative!!

KF said...

Good idea!! I will try this.

Sia said...

lovely idea jyo but we dont usually have any leftover dals as we both love it a lot and uaually end up eating just rice and dal with papad and pickle:)

Jyothsna said...

Aparna, Bharathy, KF, Sia - Nice to "see" you girls here :)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

J
its a good reinforcement of thought..do the same !

Susan from Food Blogga said...

How are you, Jyothsna? Thanks for the great idea. This would make an ideal lunch.

Pooja said...

Woe, this new template is wonderful J.
I just use left over dal with some curd and plain rice :) . not more idea bout that , pehaps that's why i dont make it often :)) .

Mallugirl said...

i think i left a comment on the wrong site! nice look!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

liked this new look..:)

Jyothsna said...

Anamika, Susan, Pooja, Mallugirl, Nanditha - Thanks for stopping by!:)

Meena L said...

Today my maid didnt urn up. Usually I give her all the leftovers the next day. As I had tur dal of yesterday I tried dalwale parathe today as I didnt want to waste it.
We had it with mint corriader chutney and curds. It was Awesome!! Thanks for posting the recipe.
M J