Aamer Dal – Bengali Raw Green Mango Dal with Radhuni Panch Puran

Raw mango dal
Raw sour green mangos with a traditional panch puran temper

A favourite in our home!

This dal is made using the authentic traditional panch puran using Radhuni seeds in the panch puran mix instead of mustard which is a latter day substitute for the hard to source Radhuni seeds. There is more about this traditional mix at Lets Talk About Panch Puran
Wild Celery seeds here are a close alternative. It’s available from http://the herb and spice emporium

The sour fruity flavour is wonderful combination that enriches the lentils.
It really is amazing with its paring of crispy freshwater fish!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Red Masoor Lentil
1 Raw Mango fresh or frozen wedges
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Authentic Radhuni panch puran.
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
2 green chillies slit 1 torn bayleaf
4 dried red birds eye chillies

PREPARATION:

Wash the lentils and boil with 2 cups of water and salt.
Add the turmeric powder and green chilli  stir the lentils once or twice to prevent overspill.

Blitz the lentils til smooth

As the lentils get cooked blitz the lentils using a electric or hand whisk.

Now add the mango pieces and cook till they are almost cooked.

Raw frozen mango
Cook till mangoes soften
But holds shape

Temper:

Heat the oil in a wok, add your dried chillies till they are darker then add in the radhuni panch puran.

Birds eye dried chillies and torn bayleaf
Panch puran temper

They will pop so cover till popping stops. Add pinch of turmeric to the oil.

Pinch of turmeric for vibrant colour

As the seeds stop popping, pour the flavoured oil into the lentils.

Be swift here as seeds can burn in seconds.
Add couple of split green chillies and cook for a minute or two.

Add to lentils and cover immediately to capture the sizzle and simmer for couple of minutes

Serve hot with rice for lunch.

Serve

I love it with traditional crispy plain mach bhaja. (Fried fish).

Great with simple bhaji too.
Served here with Brussels sprouts and
potato bhaji

Tips:

I like tempering with just mustard seeds or Radhuni seeds sometimes just because I like the more fragrant punchy temper but see which you like!

If you can’t source Radhuni seeds just use Panch Puran.

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