Second in the Indian States is the Awadhi Cuisine from Uttar Pradesh. Awadhi cuisine is known for its rich food. The Mughal cooking style influences this cuisine and it has many similarities to Kashmir, Punjab, and Hyderabad cooking.
Reading about this cuisine, I realized the many dishes that are commonly found in other states as well, namely Hyderabad and Punjab. Ever since Vaishali posted here Awadhi Cuisine, I have been wanting to make it. Unfortunately, I have already made some of them on different occasions, so I couldn't reproduce the entire thali here.
And of course, I can't beat her presentation and setup..:)
I was tempted more when Rajani had made a similar spread herself inspired by Vaishali. So with the less time I had on hand, I simply landed in both their spaces and religiously followed the recipes, making my own changes in the process.
I decided to make this thali on a Sunday and unfortunately, Hubby dear had work and was not at home. I was almost giving up when I came to know my cousin was visiting my Parents and Amma was planning to make Vegetarian food. I said I will take care of the Vegetarian and I was so glad I had people to feed.
With the usual Sunday Breakfast preparation, I was delayed, and by the time I got down making this menu, it was 11.30. I was so dead tired and tensed as I didn't want them waiting. I managed to get all the dishes done by 1.30 and I didn't have the energy to even click. On top I had to feed my kids, though the food was so much appreciated, I decided never to tax myself with so little time on hand!
This is again adapted from Vaishali.
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Bay Leaf - 1
Garlic - 6 cloves
Green chilies - 2
Red chili powder 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds -1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cream - 250 ml
Milk - 1/2 cup
A few strands of saffron dissolved in milk
How to make the Sultani Dal
Wash and pressure dal till mushy.
Whisk the curd and mix cream and milk together in a bowl.
Heat a Kadai with oil, add bay leaf, then add the cream mixture. Mix and then add the dal
Next add the green chili, red chili powder, salt, and garam masala. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
Temper it with chopped garlic and cumin seeds.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
This is part of the Awadhi Thali
This recipe requires coal and betel leaf on which ghee is poured. The coal is removed after a few mins. I skipped this step. I think the smoky effect of the coal will be missed if you skip it. However, the dal was very much liked as such because it was so creamy and rich.