Monday, 23 March 2009

Mixed Dal Kofta Curry

mixed dal kofta curry

Mumbai has been described not as an indigenous Indian city, but as a cosmopolitan city. This benefits we Mumbaikar in knowing many languages of India. My stay in Mumbai this time has helped me to watch various regional cookery shows which are quite popular in Indian Telly these days.
In the afternoon I and my mother in law are glued to Television watching different cookery shows featured on various regional channels. One such channel is Zee Marathi and the show is ''Aamhi Saare Khavayye''. Mixed Dal Kofta Curry was featured in this TV series and next day was Holi, so I tried this easy, yet delicious dish which is perfect for such festive occasions. I had made few variations in the original dish to suit the taste palates of my family members.

For Koftas
4 Tablespoons of Urad Dal (Split Black Gram)
1/4 Cup of Toor Dal / Arhar Dal / Tuvar Dal (Split Yellow Pigeon Peas)
1/4 Cup of Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram)
1/4 Cup of Moong Dal
1/2 Cup of Chopped Coriander Leaves
2 Tablespoons of Chopped Mint Leaves
2 Teaspoon of Saunf (Ani seeds)
1 Tablespoon of Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste

For Gravy
2 Large Onions

1 Large Tomato
1 Tablespoon of Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Teaspoon of Green chilly paste

1/2 Cup of Dal Kofta Batter (see above ingredients for Kofta)
4 -5 Curry Leaves
1 Teaspoon of Cumin seeds
1 Teaspoon of Mustard seeds

1 Badiyan (Star Aniseed)
1 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
2 Teaspoon Coriander and Cumin seed powder
1 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
1 Tablespoon of Garam masala powder

1/2 Cup of Cream
Salt to taste


1. Soak all the dals overnight, or for 6 - 8 Hours. When they are soft, coarsely grind them in the food processor.
2. Add
Chopped Coriander Leaves, Chopped Mint Leaves, salt, saunf and garam masala powder in the dal batter.
3. Heat oil for frying the dal koftas, add warm oil in the dal batter and make small balls from the dal batter. If the batter is not thick, try using deep round spatula or big spoon to drop the balls in the oil for frying. Keep 1/2 cup of the kofta batter aside to add in the gravy.
4. Deep fry all the koftas and place them on the tissue paper. After few minutes, place all the koftas in cold water.

5. For gravy grind onions and tomatoes in a smooth paste. Heat oil, add badiyan, cumin seeds and mustard seeds
6. When seeds starts spluttering add curry leaves and onion paste. Saute for few minutes. Add tomato paste, turmeric powder, coriander and cumin seeds powder, red chilly powder and saute till oil leaves the side of the vessel.
7. Add dal kofta batter which was kept aside and saute for few minutes. Since its a dal mixture the gravy will become thick, so add 1/2 cup of water and garam masala and mix it in the gravy. 8. Add dal koftas in the gravy and cook for few minutes. Once the curry is cooked add cream and chopped coriander leaves in the end.

This is my entry for
Holi Hai! Event


Shama Nagarajan 24 March 2009 at 07:24  

wow...what a healthy yummy delicious recipe..lovely clicks

Premyscakes 24 March 2009 at 07:28  

purva it is a lovely dish, sounds healthy with all kinds of dals. Even i make vadas with mixed dals.

Suparna 24 March 2009 at 08:36  

Hi Purva,
lovely dish! recipe is explained very well :) nice pics. Easy n tasty.

Sanghi 24 March 2009 at 08:53  

Nice click! Lovely recipe..!

Priya Suresh 24 March 2009 at 09:25  

Purva, thats a healthy dish with all those dals, yummy kofta curry..quite a delicious dish too!!

Indian Khana 24 March 2009 at 11:24  

Looks yum dear....wonderful recipe..bookmarked :)

Asha 24 March 2009 at 11:56  

Tamilnadu has a similar dish, looks so healthy and yummy. I made it once. I have Zee TV here too but in Hindi. They show Sanjeev Kapoor's show, love it! :)

Ranjani 24 March 2009 at 12:07  

as good as it seems to be equally healthy!

Anonymous,  24 March 2009 at 12:09  

Nice Dish Purva. I saw this recipe on ASK but never tried it. will give a try now....

delhibelle 24 March 2009 at 12:50  

This looks so good, Purva.
I also tried watching Zee Marathi, but gave up as I couldn't understand much.Thanks for sharing this:)

Asha 24 March 2009 at 12:52  

Purva, I had sent you Dill Parathas as Holi entry with a photo. Last week's post is linked to your event. Just to make sure, here is the link! :)

Finla 24 March 2009 at 13:24  

Wow the kofta curry looks so so delicous.

Unknown 24 March 2009 at 13:40  

Sounds delicious ! Looking forward to trying this :-)

Vikis Kitchen 24 March 2009 at 13:51  

mixed dal kofta curry seems a wonderful idea for a party menu. Urs look delicious.

Ashwini 24 March 2009 at 14:13  

wow so yumm and delicious..heathy too with all the dhals

suvi 24 March 2009 at 14:58  

such a nice and different recipe!

Varsha Vipins 24 March 2009 at 17:14  

I have been in Pune for an year,before getting married n coming here..But I havent really had much of Marathi food except when my landlord lovingly treated me on festival occasions..:)
Kofta's are reallly yum..n this one with mixed dal is sure healthy n yum..:)

Gita Jaishankar 24 March 2009 at 17:41  

The dish looks lovely, a healthy one too. This is new to me, I have to try this soon :)

Vani 24 March 2009 at 17:55  

WOw! That sounds like a wonderful dish, Purva! Nutrition packed koftas too. Lovely!

Preety 24 March 2009 at 18:56  

this is such a nice version of kofta curry

Deepthi Shankar 24 March 2009 at 19:06  

thatz creamy, healthy & delicious. good one purva

Anonymous,  24 March 2009 at 19:20  

Looks real yummy...Nutritious..Great click too

Cham 24 March 2009 at 20:58  

Very delicous koftas curry. 24 March 2009 at 21:37  

Hey Purva
Never tried dal kofta. Nice recipe

Anonymous,  24 March 2009 at 23:32  

WOW a new look with an entirely new recipe!! thanks for sharing..

Gopi Shah 25 March 2009 at 03:18  

Hey Purva, this dish surely looks creamy and healthy too. Learning new dishes during India trip is like the icing on the cake.

Aps Kitchen 25 March 2009 at 06:38  

Hey purva ur mixed dal kofta looks really yum nd healthy soon it will be done at Aps Kitchen

Chandani 25 March 2009 at 13:51  

yummy remind me of the days when i used to watch cooking shows with my ma:)

Unknown 25 March 2009 at 15:50  

Mixed Dal Kofta Curry looks delicious and very tempting. your vadas remind me of the famous dal vadas.

Mahimaa's kitchen 25 March 2009 at 20:37  

wow.. looks lovely purva.. very new dish to me.

Pavithra Kodical 25 March 2009 at 23:42  

Healthy and delicious recipe.Bookmarked :)

Bhawna 26 March 2009 at 02:16  

Hi Purva, very nice dish. I'm sure these koftas are very tasty without gravy too.

Madhavi 26 March 2009 at 02:21  

Hey Purva,

mast recipe chhe and looks delicious just yummmmmm!!!

Jaishree Iyer 26 March 2009 at 06:03  

Hi Purva,
lovely dish! healthy & yummy recipe.Nice click !

Dreamhomeforu 27 March 2009 at 08:34  

Looks so delicious....very nutritious too.

Sia 27 March 2009 at 14:10  

what a wonderul way to make koftas with lentils. beautiful recipe and dish and thank u Purva for sharing it with us :) 29 March 2009 at 00:02  

Hey purva. When are u having a round up for the holi hai event? Waiting eagerly to see all the pics that everyone has sent:)

Unknown 29 March 2009 at 03:42  

Sounds lovely! Yummy recipe.

Ishani 11 April 2009 at 19:57  

Nice healthy recipe..nice snaps too...


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