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Moor milagai dhal ( Curd chilli /moor milagai - Chilli that is marinated in the yogurt and salt.  Then it is sundried and stored for future use.  This has wonderful unique taste when fried in the oil.  The aroma flows over the whole house. ).  Curd chilli dhal was introduced by my Husband's grandmom to me .  She is an awesome cook.  She is great and passionate cook. Even the simple dishes that she make tastes heavenly.  This is what they say as ' Kai Pakkuvam' in tamil, means some hands really do magic in the food they make. 

Ok coming to the dhal recipe, this tastes so different from other dhal's.  As we use only curd chilli for spicing up the dhal.   It tastes awesome and very aromatic.  This is so so simple to make but I am sure this with some dry vegetable curry(poriyal) and pappad is very comforting and satisfying meal.  Hope you all enjoy this satisfying meal.....



Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Curd chilli / Moor Millagai - 15 ( or according to your spice level , some chillies are really spicy so use accordingly)
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Rasam Powder - 1/2 tsp (Any brand or Home made)
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind extract - 1/4 tbsp (thick)
Corianderleaves - few
Oil and salt as required

Method :

1. Pressure cook the toor dhal.
2. Heat oil in the pan, add the mustard seeds, once they are spluttered.
3. Add the asafoetida, curry leaves followed by broken curd chillies, saute until they are golden brown.
4. Now add the rasam powder.
5. Add the cooked toor dhal, enough water, tamarind extract.
6. Add salt, let it boil and when dhal gets little thick and to desired consistency.
7. Switch off the flame and add coriander leaves.

Serve with some spicy dry curry (poriyal) and pappad.  Enjoy the satisfying comfort meal !!!

Umm Mymoonah  – (June 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM)  

Simple yet delicious, beautiful presentation.

Reva  – (June 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM)  

This is new to me.... but it sounds awesome:) I think u too have the "Kai pakkuvam" to make dishes taste heavenly... the pics are superb:)

BeenaShylesh  – (June 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM)  

this is very new to me.....curd chilli is my hubbies favt..

KrithisKitchen  – (June 20, 2011 at 11:22 AM)  

This is new to me.. gonna try soon... and will post how it turned out.. sounds like a tasty one.. I am drooling..

Sravs  – (June 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM)  

nice and delicious !! well presented !!

Sanjeeta kk  – (June 20, 2011 at 11:25 AM)  

Love this spicy treat, Pavithra! And what gorgeous click..lovely post.

Satrupa  – (June 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM)  

Wooow what a comfort dish !! Lovely clicks ..... my fav the 2nd one.

Nitha  – (June 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM)  

This looks so comfortable dish .. Dals are always easy n healthy n delicious..

Unknown  – (June 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM)  

Simple and comforting...Love the pictures...:)


Priya Suresh  – (June 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM)  

Thats looks delicious, usually i love moor milagai with curd rice, dal looks super inviting and comforting..

Oriyarasoi  – (June 20, 2011 at 12:14 PM)  

Totally new one.....i love the curd chillis but never added it to dal!!

Hari Chandana P  – (June 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM)  

Wowwwwwwwww... tempting and beautiful presentation.. thanks for sharing dear !!
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Ash  – (June 20, 2011 at 1:07 PM)  

Such a simple khaana yet very tempting!!! You rock at food photography too..... Looks very sumptuous!!!! Kudos!!!


Unknown  – (June 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM)  

wow, that is new. I mean I have had curd chili with my sambar rice, but using that in dal is very innovative :)

Jaisy James  – (June 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM)  

had curd chilli before but this is new to me will try this next time

Veggie Belly  – (June 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM)  

this looks incredibly good! i put mor molaga in everything. its great with pasta!!

My Inspired Reality  – (June 20, 2011 at 7:43 PM)  

That looks so delicious...sometimes I yearn for something so simple:):)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (June 20, 2011 at 7:56 PM)  

Something new to me but I'm sure will finish it quick!!! Hehe, how you been dear? :)

Namitha  – (June 20, 2011 at 10:18 PM)  

Using curd chillies for tadka..that's super cool :-)Hope you are having a great time in India

Unknown  – (June 20, 2011 at 11:52 PM)  

This one sounds new and interesting ti me....luv the clicks

Sarah  – (June 21, 2011 at 2:44 AM)  

Ur pics are breath-takingly beautiful! Ive gotta try this soon now !

Prathima Rao  – (June 21, 2011 at 6:55 AM)  

What a wonderful idea to add moor milagai to tadka!!!! Trying this out soon :)
Prathima Rao
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Rekha shoban  – (June 21, 2011 at 7:40 AM)  

healthy dal...excellent click pavi!

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (June 21, 2011 at 8:44 AM)  

never know that we can make gravy with moor milagai.Hope ur enjoying ur vacation by eating all the traditional food made by mom and grand mom. wonderful pictures

hemalata  – (June 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM)  

Very interesting recipe,healthy dal with curd chilli and nice clicks.

divya  – (June 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM)  

healthy dal...excellent click..

Anu Nandu  – (June 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM)  

Pavi - love the classic simple recipe and of course your pictures are as perfect as ever!

Cilantro  – (June 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM)  

I have never heard about the Moor Milagai with Dhal, looks delicious!Bookmarked and going to try sometime soon.

Zareena  – (June 23, 2011 at 5:42 AM)  

Lovely presentation and yummy curry. I always wanted to make a curry using this chilli, thanks for sharing. Will try this soon.

Unknown  – (June 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM)  

Nothing beats dhal rice and veg fries looks so good Pavithra!

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