Friday, July 15, 2011

The Rustic Panchmel Dal & Baked Baati !

This is my Rajasthani platter ..daal,baati,gatte ki sabzi and aloo fry :P
 Dal-Baati is Rajasthan's signature dish ,here dal used is panchmel dal,meaning mixture of five different variety of lentils and baati is made up of wheat flour dough which was traditionally cooked in cow-dung in rajasthan ,now cooked in gas tandoor or can be baked in oven.Dal -baati goes hand in hand never made alone,actually baati is eaten in combination with dal ,it is nutritious and whole meal but is very rich and enriched in ghee ( clarified butter ).Usually most of the  people get confused in baati & bafla ,baflas are a variation of baati .In some parts of rajasthan baflas are also a common wholesome meal ,the dough of baati and bafla might be same but the technique used is completely different.
Let me tell u today in brief the main difference between the both ... in baati the dough are divided into balls ,fattened a bit and directly baked in charcoal fire or gas tandoor or electric oven whereas in baflas,the dough is divided into equal parts but they are first boiled in boling water and then deep fried or roasted or baked  .Both the dishes are equally good but the taste are completely different.One can also stuff potatoes or some veggies in baatis / baflas to make it more heavier and healthy .But for us the plain baatis are just enough to satisfy our palates and today im sharing the panchmel dal which is my mom's recipe & baked baati version which i picked up from priti singh's blog,indian khana.Few days back she sent me her baked baati dish as an entry for my ongoing event and i just luved the fact that it was baked in oven ,i dont have a gas tandoor here in australia right now and so i was desperately hunting for a baked version.
Thank you so much priti for letting me know the idea of baked baati ,i have changed a bit according to my family taste ,when i went through her recipe i noticed that even my mom uses the same ingrdients ,she uses yogurt instead of baking soda as she roast the baati in gas tandoor and dont bake,also i have skipped the turmeric and added ghee instead of oil to give the authentic flavour .I have kinda kept both the recipes in mind and made this baati.This panchmel dal & baked baati staright away goes to my event Flavours Of Rajasthan ,an event which was started by Nayna,also im reposting and updating my gatte ki sabzi and papad ki sabzi for this event.

approx will make 15-17 baatis

ingredients for baati :
3 cups wheat flour ( regular aatta )
1/2 cup rava ( coarse semolina )
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp carom seeds ( ajwain )
5-6 tbsps of ghee ( clarified butter )
salt to taste
luke warm water as required
2 cups ghee ( clarified butter ) to soak your baatis.
method :
Mix flour,rava,soda,salt and carom seeds together.Rub the melted ghee in the flour, mix well with your fingers till the flour gets crumpled .Add little water at a time and make a tight dough.Cover the dough and let it rest for half to one hour.Preheat the oven at 225 C.Line a foil paper or grease the baking sheet.Take a golf size ball and flatten it a bit and place in the baking sheet.Bake the baatis for 20-25 mins and keep turning the baatis over after 5-7 mins.In case if u feel its not baked you can bake more for 5-7 mins or till it turns golden brown in colour.Usually baati is little hard and crisp from outside and soft and crumbly from inside.Once the baati is baked dip it immediately in warm and melted ghee long before serving so that it soaks ghee and it gets the required flavour.These baatis can be stored for couple of days and every time you consume just make sure the ghee is warm and melted.

ingredients for panchmel ki dal :
1/2 cup tur dal ( arhar dal )
2 tbsp urad dal ( white split lentil )
2 tbsp moong dal ( yellow split moong lentils )
2 tbsp green chilke wali dal ( green split lentils )
2 tbsp chana dal ( yellow grams )
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
salt to taste
corriander leaves for garnishing
lemon juice to taste
for tempering (tadka )
2 tbsp ghee
3-4 curry leaves
3-4 cloves
1-2 whole dry red chillies
1 green chilli,chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp hing ( asafoetida pwd )
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp garam masala
method :
Wash and soak the five lentils together for half an hr.Pressure cook them with little salt and turneric pwd on slow flame and cook till the daals are soft and tender .( i usually take 3 whistles ) .Once the daal is cooked , mix well and keep aside.Now prepare the tempering (tadka),for tempering heat ghee,add bay leaf,red chilli,clove,mustard seeds,cumin seeds,hing,curry leaves and green chillies.Turn off the heat and add red chilli pwd.When its time for serving add this tempering to the daal ,add garam masala and simmer the daal for 5-7 mins.Serve immediately.Take 2 baatis,crush it with your hands,pour some ghee over ,add some daal ,gatte ki sabzi and njoy the meal !

1.Papad ki sabzi.

2.Rajasthani gatte.

Gentle reminder : Only 15 days more to go for my ongoing event Flavours Of Rajasthan ,i sincerely request u all to pls keep sending your delicious entries and do spread a word around for the same  :)


  1. All my fav..I just wish to have that platter

  2. Platter looks so delicious,it's been so long since I had baati ,:)

  3. The baatis look so nice and crisp...I have eaten this dish in tasty.

  4. very nice and lovely platter....

  5. have heard a lot about this dish but never tried .....this time I will cook this following your method....looks delicious

  6. Dal bati looks awesome! This is one of my favourite meal. Looks delicious.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. I m in love wid it...looks really delicious..:)

  8. WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

  9. wow this platter looks out of the world!!

  10. save me d platter dear...I'll be right over..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  11. Love this tradiitonal dal bati. I am in to digg in.

  12. As it is I am big fan of Rajasthani cuisine but this dish is hands down my most fav! Beautifully done n your pics are super duper tempting ;) Wish you lived close by :D
    US Masala

  13. wow thts a beautiful platter of yummy dishes ...looks delicious!


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