Monday 4 February 2013

Jeerige Kattu- Version I ( Traditional Karnataka Style Jeera Daal)




Today I’m posting a traditional Kannadiga preparation which is very popular at my place. It is an excellent accompaniment with spicy curries and is S’s and my elder son’s favorite. In recent days now that the elder son was around, I made this several times for him.

It’s an easy lentil preparation has a strong aroma and flavor of Jeerige (cumin seeds/ Jeera). The word kattu in Kannada means daal from which all the excess water has not been removed, basically it is the excess water in which the daal has been cooked. Ideally it should be a thin lentil preparation which resembles a lot to the rasam but my family likes it a little thick. I made it along with Alasande Palya and Aloo Gadde Hurda Uperi which are again  family favorites and  I’ve posted them earlier. This daal can be just had in a bowl in the winter as a soup too.


2 katori cooked tuvar daal

1/2-3/4tsp turmeric

2tsp cumin seeds

3-4 green chillies finely chopped

1tsp ginger chopped

1tbsp coriander leaves chopped

1tsp cumin pwd

salt to taste

oil for cooking


Cook tuvar daal in a pressure cooker with a pinch of turmeric and a drop of oil. Both turmeric an.d oil help cook daal faster.

Let the pressure drop, remove the daal and mash it.

Heat about 2tbsp oil in a pan and once it is hot, lower the flame and add cumin seeds. This prevents the cumin from burning and turning black in color.

Once the cumin has spluttered add chopped green chilies, chopped ginger, coriander and saute for a few seconds.

Now add the cumin pwd, cooked daal and mix properly. Season the daal with salt and add about 1-1/2cups water.

Bring the lentil/daal to a boil and simmer.

Let it boil for 7-8mins.

Serve hot garnished with ginger juliennes.

I personally love this daal with a dash of lime.


Sending this to my event ‘Only’ Vegan Cooking hosted by PJ at Seduce Your Tastebuds and to Home Maker’s Diary e Giveaway sponsored by Cuponation.

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Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Mouthwatering !!!
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Unknown said...

I made dal today :) yours looks so superb... nothing like dal ghee and pappad :) yum!

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Delicious and toothsome dal. Will try it soon.

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply delicious preparation.

Unknown said...

super clicks and authentic :) said...

very healthy n so tempting

great-secret-of-life said...

healthy and comforting kootu

Sum said...

Heyy... good one... but as per my understanding, or rather the way we use the word 'kattu', we use it for the water with which the lentils/beans/veggies were cooked in...

divya said...

OMG your pics are great and the recipe is so good

Sona said...

simple, delicious and healthy dal..

Spill the Spices said...

Simple, flavourfull and tasty!

Unknown said...

Simple and solicitous dal..

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Sum, thanks fr pointing out. There was an entire line which had got deleted while editing the post..have corrected now.

Unknown said...

a very new recipe to me... bookmarking this one!!!
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anjana said...

Simple and delicious daal!!!

Neena said...

Delicious recipe! I loved the way it is prepared.


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