Indian culinary culture has a rich history of its own. If you examine the kitchen, you will find that each dish has a story to tell. Indeed, regional recipes are developed taking into account the geography, demography, economy and climate of the region. Take the foods in Chhattisgarh for example. Chhattisgarh, also called the “rice bowl of India”, finds abundant use of rice, rice flour and curd in cooking. Traditionally, food here is prepared taking into account the hot weather. Most of the recipes here are light, tasty and easy to digest. Also, locally grown leafy greens are used extensively in the dishes, instantly tugging on the heartstrings.
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While exploring the food culture of Chhattisgarh, we came across a light, wholesome and wholesome recipe and make a perfect dish to add to your monsoon diet. This is called masoor dal curry, traditionally called batkar curry. As the name suggests, this dish includes protein-rich masoor dal which is good for muscles, gut, immunity and overall health. Click here to learn more about the benefits of masoor dal. Another most important ingredient in the recipe is the curd. While many of you might think that sour milk should be avoided during the rainy season, the truth is the exact opposite.
Delnaaz T. Chanduwadia, Chief Dietitian, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai says, “According to medical science, you don’t need to avoid curd during monsoon. In fact, curd during the season is a great help as this is the time when dampness and infections are at their peak.And by improving your gut flora you can work towards better immunity and therefore one is encouraged to consume curds.However, she also advises that it is important to ensure that “the curd is well within its shelf life and not spoiled”.
Now that you know how good masoor dal and curd are for our overall health, how about adding them to our diet along with this interesting Chhattisgarh curry?! Let’s take a look at the batkar curry recipe.
How to Make Batkar Curry – Masoor Dal Curry Recipe from Chhattisgarh:
To prepare this dish, first soak the masoor dal overnight and pressure cook for some time. Set aside.
Now prepare a plain kadhi with besan, curd, curry leaves, red chili, mustard seeds, turmeric, onion, cumin and coriander powders.
Add the boiled dal to it, adjust the salt and cook for a while. Your batkar curry is ready to enjoy with steaming rice.
Click here for the detailed masoor dal curry recipe.
Try Chhattisgarh’s popular batkar curry today and let us know how you liked it.