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Recipes: Murg Dhansak and Lentil and Spinach Lasagna

Last updated on: June 13, 2018 14:36 IST

Dal lovers, these recipes are meant for you!

'Dal sounds a tard dull to many who maintain a somewhat touch-and-go relationship with this nutritious food,' write Salma Husain and Vijay Thukral in their book Pull of Pulses: Full of Beans, published by Niyogi Books.

'In fact, it is so much a part of the Indian staple diet and a common food item in most Indian homes that an age-old Hindi idiom draws a parallel between home-reared poultry (and other common household items and property) and the daily homemade dose of the plain, ordinary and somewhat 'boring' dal -- Ghar ki murgi daal barabar,' they add.

'One doesn't seem to notice the inherent richness of taste and the gentle goodness in every ladleful, or relish the comforting flavour of dal at a home-cooked meal. The dal at home is not an exotic dish, is comfort food for the family and therefore taken for granted.'

We bring you three dal-inspired recipes from the book.


Photographs: Courtesy Niyogi Books

Lentil and Spinach Lasagna


For the topping:


Murgh Dhansak (Lentils with vegetables and chicken)




Khandvi Chashni Daar



Excerpted from Pull of Pulses: Full of Beans by Salma Husain and Vijay Thukral, with the permission of the publishers, Niyogi Books.