Thursday, 29 September 2016

Kandhe Khas Khas

We  all have  that one  traditional dish, passed on generations after generations.  No matter however trendy the food gets, you always yearn for that delicious dish. Khande Khas Khas is one of them.  'Khande' meaning onions and 'Khas Khas' meaning poppy seeds, this dish is made of chana dal cooked with cubed onions and poppy seeds paste.  This recipe may differ from one family to another. My mother follows this, while my Mother-in-law avoids poppy seeds paste and cooks chana dal with onions.  But, I guarantee you will love this dish and make them quite often.  Combine them with roti or dosa, though they taste best with roti.

Please note that it is a spicy dish.  I have prepared them lightly spiced because my kid doesn't like too much of spice.  If you are preparing for your family, I suggest you add more chilly powder, accordingly.  

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Soaking period: 2 hours
Cooking time:  20 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients required

  • 1/3 cup chana dal
  • 1tbsp moong dal
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 3/4 cup cubed onions
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 21/2 tbsp finely chopped coconut
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander leaves, to garnish


Soak chana dal and moong dal for 2 hours.  Rinse them with 2-3 times, keep aside.

Grind coconut and poppy seeds to a paste, keep aside.  

In a pressure cooker, add oil.  

After oil gets heated, add whole garam masala - bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seeds, cloves.  Let them sizzle.

Add the cubed onions and saute them till they slightly brown.  

 Now, add tomatoes and ginger-garlic paste.  Saute them for few seconds.

Add in all the spices, except salt.  

Finally, add in soaked dal, poppy seeds and coconut paste.  Also, add water.

Close the pressure cooker lid. and cook for one whistle.  After one whistle, simmer the flame and wait for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, switch off the flame.  

Add salt to taste.  Garnish with coriander leaves.  Our blissful Khande Khas Khas is now ready.  Enjoy!

Happy Cooking :D  :D

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