Friday, 9 May 2014

Daal Pancharatna (Five Jewels of Lentils) Microwave Cooked

Considering the innumerable positivities of microwave cooking and all your likes of my previous microwave cooked post, I decided on making Dal Pancharatna in microwave and was amazed at the flavour it emanated after cooking. Though it took me some more time than making in the pressure cooker, I was most happy with the result because of its delightful taste. For all those who prefer cooking in the microwave do try out this simple and easy recipe....

Daal Pancharatna

Daal Panchratna

Daal Pacharatna



  • 5 types of daal (pulses/lentils) of equal quantities. I used 50 gms each of Laal Masoor, Moong (yellow), Chana( split chickpeas), Toor/Arhar, Urad(dhuli)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 medium sized tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp deghi mirch powder
  • 1 tblspn white oil
  • 2 tblspn ghee/clarifed butter
  • Salt n sugar to taste

Daal Pancharatna


Soak Arhar daal, Chana daal n Urad daal for 3 hrs in warm water. This is because the more you soak the lesser time it will take to cook. Soak Moong n Masoor for half an hour. Now boil the lentils with turmeric and salt in a covered micro-safe bowl at 100% power for 30-35 minutes. Take it out. Now in a separate bowl heat oil and ghee together at 100% power for 1 minute. Add cumin seeds, chopped onions, ginger, garlic. Cook for 2-3minutes at 100% power. Stir in between. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes at 100% power. Now pour the content in the bowl with boiled dal/lentils, add red mirch powder and green chillies and again cook for 2 minutes at 100% power covered with lid. Your aromatic Dal Pancharatna is ready to be served with steamed rice or fulkas/paranthas/naan.....Enjoy!!

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