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Dal Bati (Rajasthani cuisine)

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When you mention about Rajasthani food dal bati has to be on the top of the list, otherwise it is incomplete. Dal bati is a popular Rajasthani delicacy. Dal is simply soup of mixed lentils, cooked with spices. Bati is a baked, whole wheat bread rolls and the combination is known as dal bati. Traditionally bati is cooked over charcoal, but oven also works great.

My daughter in law is from Jaipur, Rajasthan; I can entice her any time just mentioning dal bati and gatte ki kadhi.  First time I had dal bati in Jaipur, Apno Gaon a restaurant with village setting that was a memorable experience. They served dal bati with buttermilk known as chaach. I suggest having this for leisurely lunch/dinner.

Recipe will serve 2

Makes 8 Batties

Dal Bati Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

For Dal

  • 1/4cup chana dal (split gram)
  • 1/4 cup toor dal
  • 1/4 cup moong dal (split with skin)
  • 1/4 cup urad dal (split black lentil with skin)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 2 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala

For seasoning

  • 3 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 dried red chili broken in pieces

For Bati

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (roti ka atta)
  • 1/4 cup fine sooji (semolina)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup clarified butter (ghee)
  • 1/2 cup milk use as needed

For serving

  • About 1/4 cup hot clarify butter (ghee)

Method

  1. Combine all dals, wash changing water few times. In a pressure cooker add dal with 4 cups of water, salt, turmeric, coriander powder, and ginger, cook on medium high.
  2. After pressure cooker start steaming lower the heat to medium and cook for about eight minutes. Turn off the heat; wait until all the steam has escaped before opening the cooker.
  3. Dal should be soft and mushy, consistency of the pourable batter, if needed add hot water. The consistency of the dal will thicken over time.
  4. Add garam masala and amchoor, mix it well.
  5. Heat ghee in a small saucepan for seasoning; after ghee is moderately hot add cumin seeds as they crack add asafetida, red chilies and red chili powder.  Stir for a few seconds. To prevent the spices from burning, you may add 1 teaspoon of water.  Pour spiced Chaunk over dhal. Mix it well and let it simmer for two to three minutes.
  6. Dal is ready.

For the Bati

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients together, flour, sooji, salt and baking soda. Add the ghee and mix with fingers, add the milk as need to make firm dough, knead the dough well. Set aside for about 10 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll them into balls. They will not be very smooth dough ball and will have cracks all over; this will help them to cook all the way through. Arrange the batis over cookie sheet about one inch apart and place the pan on middle oven rack and bake at 350 degree F in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Turn them over and bake for another 30 minutes until batis are golden brown all around.
  4. Break one bati from one side to make sure they have cooked through.

How to Serve

  1. Break the bati into two pieces and pour about one teaspoon of hot melted ghee over and serve with bowl of hot dal.
  2. If you have baked the batties earlier heat the batties in oven for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!


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27 thoughts on “Dal Bati (Rajasthani cuisine)

  1. While baking in an otg .. which rod should be on..only the bottom one ( like while baking cakes ) or both rods?

  2. I have made bati 4 times using this recipe. They taste awesome every time. But they are a little too crispy when baked for the times mentioned in the recipe. So for the last time around I baked them for 15 minutes and then for 10 minutes turning once. They were perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. Manjulaji can we make baatis in a microwave oven? If yes, then for how long should they be cooked?

  4. I tried this exact recipe, batis turned out to be perfect and so good. They were crispy and yet soft . Amazing flavors. Thank you so much Manjula ji .

  5. Manjulaji

    Thanks a ton for posting this recipe. I m a jain and this was perfect paryushan meal for us. I used coarsely ground wheat atta and water instead of milk. Dint use the baking powder and yet the baatis turned out perfect. Dal was delicious too. Thanks once again and may grace be in your hands always.

  6. Dear Manjula,
    Thank you for another delicious recipe! The dal is one of the best I’ve tasted, and so easy to make! The batis were too rich for me, but my husband could not stop eating them. So, another winner I will be making again.

    Best wishes,
    Margaret

      1. Himani,
        Gas tandoor will work better then oven, it has been long when I used that in India, I think it should be on medium flame but how long you will have to try

  7. I like all of your recipes, you are god gifted and a wonderful cook. I want to know where did you get your green soup bowls in the background, tried to find online but didn’t see this kind.

  8. Manjula ji
    I would like to suggest you something so that the bati’s made will b more authentic n traditional in taste.
    1.When you knead the dough for bati don’t use baking powder as after baking it will give a bad aroma .
    2. Dont use suji instead use d flour that is grinded more rough(mota aata).
    3. Use 2-3 teaspoon yogurt in dough.
    4.1/6th spoon of ajwain also.
    Hope u find my suggestions useful and the above stated recipe is of authentic, traditional rajasthani dal baati.

    1. Thanks Manjula ji for posting this recipe. Will try next time. How do you do it in Gas stove? Use cooker or any

      Thanks Tanushree for the suggestion for making authentic one.

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