Punjabi Cuisine : Achari Bhindi and Lahori Dal

January 21, 2009 · 26 comments

in Cuisine : Indian, Cuisine : North Indian, Cuisine : Punjabi, Dal/Lentils, Vegetable(dry)

A couple of days ago, I was totally in the mood for Dal Makhani and took out one of my favorite cookbooks, Tarla Dalal’s “Punjabi Khana”. I have found the perfect dal makhani recipe here. Sometimes when I want something, I want it exactly the way I think about it, so I did not want to take a chance and decided to go by the book. I was going through the other recipes ( i actually sit and read cookbooks as though they were novels!!! ) and came across Lahori Dal which i thought was pretty interesting with all the garlic in it and changed my mind from dal makhani to lahori dal. I wanted a vegetable to go with it. The easier one would have been aloo methi or jeera aloo, but i did have some time before it was dinner-time and decided to go ahead with achari bhindi.

Note: This is not for the diet conscious and is best enjoyed with all the butter and the cream!!

Achari Bhindi

I have used Bhindi (Okra) in this recipe, but other vegetables like Baingan (Eggplant) or even paneer can be added to the achari gravy. The achari gravy is prepared with various spices which form the achari masala like onion seeds (kalonji), mustard seeds, punjabi garam masala and dry mango powder (amchur)

To be mixed into a marinade: with 1 cup of okra, chopped into small pieces. Keep aside for 15 mins.

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp oil

For the achari masala:
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi)
1/2 tsp onion seeds (kalonji)
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup sliced onions
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Punjabi Garam Masala
1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/4 cup fresh cream
chopped cilantro to garnish

Oil, for deep frying

Heat the oil in a kadhai (deep fry pan) and deep fry the okra till they are brown and slightly crispy. Keep aside.

Heat some oil in another pan and add the fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, onion seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida and let them crackle. Add onions, ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and saute till the onions become translucent. Add the turmeric powder, punjabi garam masala, chilli powder, dry mango powder and saute till the raw smell of masalas disappear. Add yoghurt, cream and the fried okra to this mixture and mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Recipe for Punjabi Garam Masala : Dry roast 2 tbsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tbsp caardamom seeds, 1 tbsp pepper corn, 2 tsp coriander seeds, 2 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1tsp mace, 1 tsp caraway seeds, 2 bayleaves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder till you get an aroma of the spices. Grind them to a fine powder. Add 1 tsp of ginger powder to it and mix well. Seive and store in an airtight container.

Lahori Dal

1 cup masoor dal (split red lentils)
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tsp chilli powder
1tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp butter + 1 tbsp for saute-ing
1/4 cup cream
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 tbsp chopped garlic
salt to taste

Clean, wash and soak the masoor dal for half an hour. Drain, add enough water and cook well. Mash the dal well and pour into into a deep pan. Add the garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, butter and cream and cook in low-medium heat. Heat some more butter in another pan and add the cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add the onions and garlic and saute till the raw smell of garlic disappears. Add this to the dal mixture and keep cooking in low-medium heat for a couple of minutes more. Add salt and mix well.

Serve hot achari bhindi and dal with rice or rotis.

I am sending this to the FIC: Yellow Event at Tongue Ticklers by Sunshinemom and also to My Legume Love Affair – seventh helping , started by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook and hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all seasons.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Usha January 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Both of these look fantastic and the lahori dhal sounds like something that would be great for entertaining and parties :-)


2 Asha January 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

No problemos, I don’t diet! ;D

Must try Lahori dal, looks great. Bhindi,Arvind loves it but I get only frozen ones, so let’s see if it works for this recipe. Thanks super duper chef, great entries! :))


3 Superchef January 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Thanks Usha – this will be a good change in parties as opposed to the regular dal tadka or rajma..

Asha – thanks! glad that you dont fall in the”diet”-ing category :)). I think frozen bhindi will do good too. I did not have enough fresh bhindi, so i used a mix of fresh and frozen bhindi and believe me, i cudnt tell the difference.


4 Nate-n-Annie January 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm

“best enjoyed with all the butter and the cream!!” LOL

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5 Navita January 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

thanks for following my blog dear..

i make lahori chicken…its my signature dish.. lol..

loved ur pics…yum!


6 Vij January 21, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Both look gr8! I loved the lahori dhal the most :-) yum yum yummy!


7 Preety January 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm

i heard of lahori dal b4 but never tried to make it..will try it sometime..and i love the recipe of the gravy of achari bhindi..this i am gonna surely try with paneer first i think as i don’t have anything else to try with..thanks for sharing


8 notyet100 January 22, 2009 at 12:28 am

omg i am droolin loookin at the thali,..everythin looks so yum,…yummy entry,…


9 A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! January 22, 2009 at 1:19 am

hi Super CHef!!! long time, how are you?? had a great new year??..the spread luks delicious!


10 A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! January 22, 2009 at 1:19 am

hi Super CHef!!! long time, how are you?? had a great new year??..the spread luks delicious!


11 A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! January 22, 2009 at 1:19 am

hi Super CHef!!! long time, how are you?? had a great new year??..the spread luks delicious!


12 Nithya Praveen January 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

First time here,loved the achari gravy and the dal.Good stuff:)


13 JennDZ - The Leftover Queen January 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Wow, looks like a perfect meal! My mouth is watering!


14 Laavanya January 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I read cookbooks like novels too.. :) BOth dishes sound fabulous.. with some lassi it must’ve felt like being in a dhaba i presume.


15 Kalai January 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

These look decadent and delicious!! :)


16 sunshinemom January 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I make aloo this way but never tried bhindi in such a gravy! Thank you for bringing me to your blog – now I am stuck! Welcome and thanks for finding FIC!


17 Andhra Flavors January 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm

its looks delicious. lovely and ever green sweet


18 Rajee January 27, 2009 at 2:21 am

How u come to my PC. May be magic! I never clicked ur blog. Surprise, it comes and made me hungry and big smile!


19 Trupti January 28, 2009 at 7:26 am

both dishes looks very delicious


20 Rajee January 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

That sounds delicious!


21 Rajani February 3, 2009 at 5:28 am

wow,nice!! i am going to add this to our table one of these days. and thanks for the garam masala recipe.


22 Srivalli February 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the lovely entry!


23 Asha February 5, 2009 at 9:08 am

I made your Lahori dal girl, thank you so much for the recipe. Check out FH to see the dish, posted it in the collage! :))


24 Rajee February 14, 2009 at 2:40 am

Perfect thali meals.


25 jayasri May 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

wowow, this is more interesting i will certainly try this as i have okra at home, & is my favourite vegetable !!, i do not have punjabi masala, can i try without it…looks very yummy, lovely presentation


26 madona September 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

bindi dish is very very complicated.while daal receipe is interesting and tastey


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