Dal Gosht (Meat in Lentils)

I love the way food helps connect to the roots and the tradition. The word ‘Gosht’ transliterates to meat in Persian. Dal Gosht which means, mutton or meat cooked in lentils, finds its roots in Lahori cuisine.
This royally delicious but noble dish is a meal made in heaven.

Dal Gosht
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves: 5

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg lamb boneless and cubed
  • 1/2 cup toor dal (pigeon pea)
  • 2 tbsps ghee + 1 tbsp vegetable cooking oil ( optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped fine or 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsps lime juice
  • Chopped corriander for garnish

Method:

1. Pressure cook the toor dal and keep aside.
2. Heat the ghee in a deep pan. Add oil (optional). Ghee has high boiling point and can withstand high heat. So doesn’t burn easily.
I prefer adding a tsp of oil for balance.
3. When hot, add the cumin seeds. Fry till they release aroma, but don’t let them burn.
4. Add the onions and fry till they are soft and translucent.
5. Now add ginger and garlic pastes and fry for a minute.
6. Add all the spice powders – coriander, cumin, turmeric, red chilli and garam masala powder and fry till the oil separates from the masala. Stir so that the masala doesn’t burn.
7. Add tomatoes and fry till soft. Leave the lid on for 2-3 minutes, so they soften fast and also the masala doesn’t burn.
8. Smoosh the mixture a bit, so that the onions and tomatoes mix well, leaving no chunks.
9. Now add the lamb, salt to taste and stir well. Fry till browned.
10. Now add the cooked toor dal and mix.
11. Add water as per the consistency you desire.
12. Leave the lid on and let it simmer on medium heat till the meat is cooked and tender.
13. Add lime juice and garnish with chopped corriander while plating.

P.S.: A perfect companion for Pulao and Jeera Rice. Also with all type of Indian breads (chapati, tandoori roti, roomali roti, naan, paratha, etc.)
I always drizzle a little more ghee while garnishing.
Forget the calories and rejoice in its flavour 🙂

NonVeg

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Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

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