Maharashtrian Recipes: Vatli Dal / Watlelya Dalich Besan / वाटली डाळ

How to Make Maharashtrian Style Vatli Dal / Watlelya Dalich Besan / वाटली डाळ 
Hello Foodies, 
          Are you thinking about what to make for lunch or dinner? Well, it's happened to all of us. You return home famished after a hard day full of work. You go into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat, and you realize there's nothing to eat. I have found myself in this situation, and so developed a list of backup meal plans. I will share it with you in future posts. This easy to prepare watli dal is one of the stir fry recipes for an instant weeknight meal as a side for chapati or dal-chawal(varan-bhat). Making this watlelya daliche besan(split chickpeas stir fry) is super easy, versatile and allows you to make good use of regular pantry staples. Best of all, this comes together in less than 30 minutes. You need to soak chana dal in the water for 4-5 hours. Then soaked dal is ground and made a coarse paste. 

           This watli dal besan is a very interesting and tasty Maharashtrian recipe. You can serve it with chapati for lunch or side dish with varan-bhat for dinner. The recipe has few ingredients that need less time for cooking, as well. 
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Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 20 Minutes. 
Each Serving of Watli/Vatli Dal Contains 117 Calories. 

  • Chana Dal 1 cup (soaked in water for 5-6 hours) 
  • Onion 1 medium, chopped 
  • Green chilies 5 strips, finely chopped 
  • Turmeric ½ Tsp 
  • Salt 1 Tsp 
  • Cumin-Mustard seeds 1 Tsp 
  • Curry leaves 10-12 
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Oil 2 Tsp 

  • Wash and soak the chana dal in water for 5-6 hours or overnight. 
  • Drain the water and grind the chana dal into a coarse paste and keep aside. 
  • Heat oil in a kadhai/pan and splutter cumin-mustard seeds and add curry leaves.
  • Now, add onion and sauté and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium to low flame until it becomes golden brown color. 
  • Add finely chopped green chilies and mix well. 
  • Add turmeric, salt, coriander leaves, and chana dal and mix well. 
  • Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes and stir in between(take care the mixture should not stick to the bottom).
  • Watleli dal is done when the mixture dries out, and each grain is separate.
  • Serve garnished with coriander leaves and freshly grated coconut. 

My Take:
  • You can also sprinkle some lemon juice while serving vatli dal, which will add more flavor to the recipe.

Dietary Comment :
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 117 calories, along with 14.4 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 5.16 g fats, and 4.18 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level. 

Good Time To Eat:
           It is good to eat vatli dal for lunch, brunch, or dinner.
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