Dal Bati Churma Recipe

Dal Bati Churma is a popular and delicious Rajasthani dish consisting of three components: dal (lentil curry), bati (baked wheat flour dumplings), and churma (sweet crumbled wheat dessert). It’s a hearty and flavorful meal that’s enjoyed on special occasions and festivals. Here’s a recipe to make Dal Bati Churma at home:

Ingredients for Dal (Lentil Curry):

  • 1 cup yellow split lentils (toor dal)
  • 1/4 cup split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • 1/4 cup split black lentils (urad dal)
  • 1/4 cup moong dal (split green gram)
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit (adjust to spice preference)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Ingredients for Bati (Baked Dumplings):

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1/2 cup semolina (sooji/rava)
  • 1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed, to make the dough

Ingredients for Churma (Sweet Crumbled Dessert):

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 cup powdered jaggery (gur) or sugar (adjust sweetness to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Chopped almonds and pistachios for garnish (optional)

Instructions for Dal (Lentil Curry):

  1. Preparation:
  • Rinse all the lentils (toor dal, chana dal, urad dal, and moong dal) together and soak them in water for about 30 minutes. Drain the water after soaking.
  1. Cook the Lentils:
  • In a pressure cooker or a large pot, add the soaked and drained lentils along with 4-5 cups of water and salt.
  • Pressure cook the lentils until they are soft and fully cooked. If using a pressure cooker, cook for about 4-5 whistles. If using a pot, it may take around 30-40 minutes.
  1. Prepare the Curry:
  • In a separate pan, heat ghee and oil over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and asafoetida. Let them splutter.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and slit green chilies. Cook for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they become soft and the oil starts to separate.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala. Mix well and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Add the cooked lentils to the pan and mix them with the masala.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding water to reach your desired thickness. Let the dal simmer on low heat for about 10-15 minutes to develop the flavors.

Instructions for Bati (Baked Dumplings):

  1. Prepare the Dough:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour, semolina, ghee, carom seeds, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix everything well, rubbing the ghee into the flour with your fingertips.
  • Gradually add water and knead the dough to form a stiff and smooth dough. The dough should be firm and not too soft.
  1. Shape and Bake the Bati:
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Divide the dough into equal-sized portions and shape them into round balls.
  • Place the bati on a baking tray and bake them in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until they turn golden brown and cooked from the inside.

Instructions for Churma (Sweet Crumbled Dessert):

  1. Prepare the Churma:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine whole wheat flour and ghee.
  • Knead the flour and ghee mixture until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Add powdered jaggery (or sugar) and cardamom powder to the mixture. Mix everything well to form a crumbly and sweet mixture.

Serve Dal Bati Churma:

  • Serve the hot and flavorful Dal with the baked Bati and sweet Churma. You can also serve ghee on top of the bati for added richness.
  • Garnish the Dal with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Enjoy this traditional Rajasthani meal with your family and friends!

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