The ‘Sultani Dal’ is a rich variation of Arhar, concocted by a very famous rakabdar of Lucknow, Pir Ali, fit to be served on the dastarkhwan of the kings.
Arhar dal 1/2kg.
wash and soak the dal for 10 minutes. Strain the milk, cream and curd
through a muslin and keep in a cool place. Grind the cloves and cardamoms
to a paste. Finely chop the green chillies and mint leaves. Cut fine
slivers of garlic for baghar.
‘patili’ or a saucepan boil the dal with salt, chilli powder and
approximately 4-5 cups of water. (The quantity of water should be such
that there is no surplus of it after the dal is done). Cover and cook on
slow flame till the grains are done. Drain off surplus water. Next, mash
the dal thoroughly with a heavy ladle to a smooth consistency. Place a
betel leaf on the dal and put a small piece of live charcoal on it. Pour
one teaspoon of pure ghee and immediately cover and keep for 10 minutes
for dhungar. Add the strained cream mixture and the clove-cardamom paste
and saffron dissolved in a tablespoon of hot milk and blend well. Then
cover and simmer on a very slow flame for 5 minutes or to desired
consistency. For the ‘baghar’, heat the remaining ghee in a small
metal bowl or a ladle, add the cumin seeds and chopped garlic. As it turns
to a pink colour, immerse in the utensil containing the dal and cover
immediately. Stir lightly and serve hot garnished with the chopped green
chillies and mint leaves.
Note: For non-vegetarians dal can be enriched with mutton stock. In that case milk can be deleted from the cream mixture.