Comfort Food - Daali Tauy

I have been missing from action because of a throat infection. For the last few days it felt like both my voice and taste buds had been taken hostage! Food is not exactly high on the list as you can imagine.

I have gone right back to basics with hot, comforting meals of rice-dal, khichdis and soups. They help my throat a little and my mood a whole lot more.

Daali Tauy is the Konkani version of the much loved Indian dal. It has a ginger-y flavor and unlike regular dals is quite watery. Serve it piping hot with rice and your favorite pickle or papad .... isn't it amazing how the second we are asked to avoid certain foods we can't stop thinking about them!


DAALI TAUY (Konkani Dal)
(serves 2-3)
1 cup red gram/ pigeon peas (toor dal)
1" piece of ginger (I am heavy handed with the ginger; adjust to taste)
1-2 green chillies, slit
1/4 tsp turmeric
salt to taste
lemon juice/ finely chopped cilantro (optional)
For seasoning -
ghee or oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
1 red chilli, broken into pieces

Wash dal in 2-3 changes of water. Drain thoroughly and transfer to a pressure cooker or a deep sauce pan. Mash ginger lightly and add to dal along with turmeric, green chillies and about 3 cups of water.

Cook till dal is done then season with salt. Heat oil in a tadka pan. Add mustard seeds and when they begin to splutter add curry leaves and chilli. Saute briefly and pour over the dal.

Cover pan and let sit so flavors can blend. Add lemon juice or finely chopped cilantro at the time of serving. Serve hot with rice and pickle... (there I go again!).



Blogger Sri said...

Hi Ashwini
i hope you feeling better now. Dal looks perfect!!!

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm! I could do with some of that right now! Might help the frightful headache I am working with. In our family we make this dal slightly differently. We add the cooked dal to the phodni and then add ginger, which has usually been crushed with a pakkad. It is then boiled and served steaming hot. Oh! It is bliss to drink the 'varche pani'...

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ashwini,

Dalitoy looks great!
I am a konkani too, from Managalore, settled in Toronto. Our Dalitoy has Hing (Asafoetida), no lemon and ginger. I am sure it tastes great with ginger and lemon too, must try it. Thanks for the recipe.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hope you feel better! This sounds like a wonderful bug-buster! Lovely!

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashwini- I hope you are feeling better. Dal chawal is my all time comfort food and if there is fish fry with that.. I'm satisfied :)

9:14 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Thanks Sri

Manisha - oh yes! Love the fried ginger one too...amazing aroma. And believe me dalivarche pani is a huuuge bone of contention in my family. Drinking it hot with the steam on your face....bliss :-)

Hi Anju. Welcome to FFT! My aunt makes tauy like that, with asafoetida and without ginger. Its equally delicious. Lemon is my preference; its not traditionally added to tauy. You must need a lot of warming dal right now in Toronto :-)

Catherine, Mandira - I am better thanks.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Krithika said...

Hope you are feeling better. That dal looks delicious and so apt for this weather.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lemon in Dal! Now this I just gotta try. for the looks of t, it's perfect for a cold rainy afternoon like today. Have a great weekend Ashwini!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh dear! hope you feel better soon. Nothing like comfort food to feel better.

take care!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to know that you were sick.Hope you are feeling better now. The dal recipe is simple yet flavorful.

12:53 PM  
Blogger FH said...

Glad you are feeling better Ashwini:) Bad season of Flu and cold,ofcourse good for my Internist husband:)

I make Dali Toya and love it.So simple and hey , good for people with cold too.Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Nabeela said...

the dal looks sooo comforting...i could go for a bowl of that and rice right now :)

5:47 PM  
Blogger Lakshmi said...

hope you feel better. take care

6:27 PM  
Blogger Aditi said...

Hope you are doing you have a nice, deep Ila Arun voice now :D I'm gonna call you over the weekend (justa heads-up). Awesome know, I've always had this thing for fried pomfret with the daali tauy and rice. Of all the people responding to the blog, I'm the only one who has actually had the good fortune of having tasted your lime-flavored daal, yummm.

Hungrily yours,


7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ashwini...hope you feel better soon...~warm the dal...very comforting indeed...~soft smile~

Take care dear friend

7:19 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Krithika, Saffron, Nalini, Lakshmi, Asha, Dilip - Thanks for your wishes

Meena - lemon is my all time favorite seasoning in dal. It just takes it to a whole new level in my opinion :-)

Nabeela - a big bowl is about the recommended serving :-)

Aditi - heeeey you!! Yes I think I am pretty qualified to sing ridiculously worded, pseudo Rajasthani songs now :-D
You remember our meals of rice and tauy...memories!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Lakshmik said...

Hi Ashwini

You have interesting recipes on your blog. Good work!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mrs. K said...

I hope you feel better now...
Daali Tauy is new to me. Sounds good.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, so simple yet so flavorful!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Anupama said...

Dal looks delicious Ash. Hope you are feeling better now. The idea of steaming rice and hot dal is too good in this cold weather. Thanx

6:59 AM  
Blogger Rajesh &Shankari said...

The ultimate comfort food for me is Dhal and rasam.
I am sure you feel much better now

12:18 PM  
Blogger Vani said...

My husband, who's Konkani, can have daali thoi every day, if given a choice!
Simple dals are the ultimate comfort food. Hope you're feeling better now.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Lakshmi, Anupama, RP, Nalini - thanks

Shakari - yes its THE ultimate comfort food in my opinion too

Vani - :-D yes, I think Konkanis might resist gold but never daali tauy!!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger AkaRound Peg said...

My family makes this and we call it Varan. But the difference is that we add lots of cumin/jeera to the seasoning / tadkaa. Great with rice or even chapatis.

One vegetable we add to this is Turiya - Ridge gourd?

11:43 AM  

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