Urad Gota Around India
When we think of urad gota, the first thing that comes to our minds is south Indian breakfasts. But urad gota is such a versatile lentil that is used all over India and even in Nepal for traditional cooking. Given the health benefits of urad gota, no wonder it’s a staple everywhere. And because of its demand, it is produced across the world in countries such as India, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Bangladesh, Canada, Iran, Greece, and East Africa.
Urad in North Indian states is also quite popular for their everyday recipes, mostly for lunch and evening snack staples. In Orissa, Biri Chop is made from a batter of urad gota and semolina and deep-fried with a potato stuffing. In Punjab, urad dal is used in a variety of dal recipes such as dal makhana, sushi urad dal, and langar wali dal consumed with roti or rice. Rajasthan is known for its delicious Panchemal dal which is a dal cooked with five varieties of lentils, urad dal being one of them. In Uttar Pradesh, the dal kachoris are quite famous as a breakfast staple or as an evening snack.
Outside of India, Urad dal is also quite important in Nepali cooking. Urad dal in Nepali cuisine is used to make a delicious, warm, spicy lentil soup. This lentil soup is paired with a herb called jimbu, belonging to the onion family, to give it an amazing taste. Apart from the lentil soup, urad dal is also used for a dish called Masko formula which translates to dal pakoda. This recipe is prepared by soaking the dal, making a coarse batter, seasoning it with chilies, onion, coriander, and ginger, and deep-frying the little fritters. This is enjoyed as an evening snack or even during Ramadan.
Though we are unique in our own way when it comes to our recipes and cultures, we are all the same when it comes to wanting to eat, nutritious healthy, and delicious food every day. And what better way to do that than incorporating these unique recipes made from urad dal.
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