Lachko, i love how the name sounds. It's a gujarati dish, simple dal, served with a drizzle of ghee, adding a tadka of mustad and cumin gives the dish a new texture and taste.
Though lachko, is a gujarati dish, we have a similar dish in tamil cuisine too. Mashed tuvar dal is a daily menu at many south-indian homes. If the house has a toddler, rice and mashed toor dal with rasam and ghee is the daily meal of the child, whether he/she likes it or not.
When there is a function or festival at home, it is the first dish with which we start our feast after the sweet . Rice and mashed toor dal with a generous drizzle of ghee, is considered to be auspicious.
There is a popular proverb in Tamil பருபில்லத கல்யாணமா/Parupilladhaa kalyanama? meaning is there a marriage without dal, the dal here means the mashed toor dal served on the banana leaf next to rice.
How to make Lachko dal
Wash toor dal, pressure cook it until soft and serve with or with tempering. Adding tadka to the lachko dal, oomph the flavor of the dish. The tadka adds so much depth to the simple dal. The spices takes the simple toor dal to another level. Serve it with steaming hot rice for a comforting meal.
What can you serve with this simple dal.
Serve lackho dal, as such with steaming hot rice, for a simple meal. Adding some rasam or a dry subzi, will make it a complete meal. You can also add some fried papad to this and some pickle.
Here is the video on how to make Chana dal/split chickpeas dal
Lachko dal, Mashed toor dal
- Pressure cooker
- Sauce pan/Tadka pan
- 1 cup Tuvar dal/toor dal/Tuvaram paruppu
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½-¾ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon hing/asafoetida
- Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- 2-3 tablespoon ghee/clarified butter use vegatable oil for vegan version
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ¼ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
- 2 nos red chilies, broken into two i have used long variety
- a sprig of curry leaf
- Wash the dal twice with water. Add twice the amount of water and let it soak for 15 minutes.
- Pressure cook the dal until soft. I usually cook it for 4-5 whistles so it becomes soft and easily mashable with a potato masher or back of the ladle.
- Let the pressure release on its own. Mash the dal well. Next step is tempering, though the step is optional, i would definitely recommend it.
- Heat a tadka/tempering pan with ghee/oil. When its hot, splutter mustard seeds, add cumin and chilies along with hing and curry leaves. Pour this sizzling tadka over the dal.
- Garnish the dal with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with steaming hot rice for a warm comforting meal.
I m not a Doctor or a Nutritionist The Nutrition information provided above comes from the plugin and is only an estimate.
How i served this lachko dal
The day i made this delicious dal, i served with quinoa, paruppu/dal rasam and some mixed vegetable saagu.
Superb Dhal recipe.
Nice to do BM with you.
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My kids love the ghee part 🙂
That sounds good Priya..glad you joined us for the BM!
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nice, add some asafoetida and jaggery and u would get the maharashtrian goda (sweet) varan.
This recipe looks superb and just the kind of meal we want on our table. You made me nostalgic as i lived in Gujarat before my marriage.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Seriously cant take my eyes from ur irresistible click,super tempting dal..
Delicious and healthy dhal....
what a simple recipe...great for kids who don't always like complex flavors
That is an easy recipe. My aunt makes dal this way.. We call it pappu even though it doesn't have a tadka.
Yummy comfort food.
Best dhal with rice for babies, and me even though I am not a baby. Yum-O!
Very simple n comforting!!yum
Sorry for being late in checking your posts! Simple and wholesome dal looks delicious.
Dal looks simply fabulous and delicious to the core. Great to know the auspicious side of tuvar dal. Simply awesome.
This is simple yet tasty dal. I loved your platter, it looks so yummy.
That is such a simple, comforting dal. We call it 'uthi pappu' in Telugu - meaning plain dal with no veggies. We eat that with avakaya - I think I can eat Lachko dal with a spicy pickle too 🙂
Now lachko is definitely something I haven't tried yet. It surely looks like a delicious meal that I can't wait to have in front of me!
Your lachko dal recipe reminds me that I haven't made this in a very long time. We generally serve it with kadhi and plain rice. Drizzled with ghee, its so mouthwatering.
I am not going to lie, I want to come to your house for dinner. This recipe looks spectacular and just the kind of meal I want. Thanks so much for sharing.
Simple dal curry is always best comfort food. I feel like eating rice or dal with it lachko dal is yumm
Such a simple and delighted recipe . All time favourite . Love it with hot rice and Kadhi . Totally mouth watering..
Tuvar dal is my all time favorite food. This version sounds great to me.. Perfect and best comfort food. Looking very delicious and perfectly made.
I got to say, first, I love the name of the dal. And this is such a simple recipe yet so flavorful. Love this with some rice or with some pooris.
Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
Being a Gujju this is the staple in our home, with hot steaming rice this is amazing and you have made it well.
Always we are fan of dal recipe. This will be perfect for both rice and roti. Your recipe looks yummy!
I always make dal once a week but haven't tried this way. Looks delicious.
The dal looks so yummy and delicious, thanks for sharing this with us!!