Dal or lentils is traditionally a staple dish made in every home in India. Tempering, style of cooking, type of dal used and consistency is what gives it a characteristic taste from particular region.
Gujrati Khatti Mithi dal as name suggests is sweet and sour dal recipe cooked in Gujrati homes. This everyday dal recipe is made special with the use of fried peanuts and ghee tempering but what makes Gujrati dal more special is delicate balance of sweet and sour taste, which makes it taste very good.
As with any other Indian dish, different people make it in their own unique way, some add vegetables like yam or radishes and some make it plain without the veggies. I often make this version of Gujrati dal in which I don’t add any other veggie except tomatoes.
Last week I started a recipe series in association with 24 Mantra Organic in which I am going to post one recipe every week which will be cooked with 24 mantra organic products. Otherwise too I mostly use organic foods in my kitchen as far as possible except few which are not readily available in the market.
Few years ago with increasing availability of organic grocery I made a switch to organic foods, and 24 Mantra Organic was the brand that was available very easily always, so maintaining an organic lifestyle was easy for me. Earlier with the ready availability of gardening space we used to grow our own veggies but now one can easily find the organic veggies and fresh produce in market very easily.
Why I switched on to organic lifestyle
- Organic food is grown using natural methods without using any pesticides or chemicals, so I feel I can reduce the exposure of harmful chemicals which me and my family are subjected to in our day to day life.
- Taste is most important to foodies like me, organic food tastes way better.
- Environmental friendly approach, we all know how adversely harmful chemicals affect our health. Organic farming involves using organic manures and absolutely no use of artificial chemicals and pesticides in the agriculture, that not only keeps our exposure to chemicals from food we eat but there is lesser exposure of soil and in general environment around us.
So organic food is chemical and pesticides free, taste better and is environmental friendly, it was quite natural to make a shift.
Gujrati dal is prepared using Tuvar dal or Arhar dal and is usually of thin consistency, but one can keep it thick or thin according to personal preferences. I usually cook it with rice so I like to keep it towards thin consistency. Since these days I am trying to include more whole grains and lower GI food so I mostly replace plain rice with brown rice or Red rice.
I served this dal with Red rice and that makes it perfect healthy, simple and delicious meal. Add some papad, dahi and dry curry to the Gujrati dal and red rice meal and it becomes even better 🙂
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