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Dhal Rice

It must rice for us daily. A must a fact, but we don't really have to stick to plain rice daily (Nasi Lemak). We can pretty much heighten or elevate rice to a different level or let's say rice in a different food style (Rice Vadai). Yes, of course (Rice Congee With Condiments) and of course to fried rice as well (Tom Yam Prawn Fried Rice & Malaysian Fried Rice). What's with rice and dhal today? Nope. Not those mushy-mushy kinda (Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry & Bitter Gourd Sambar). This Dhal Rice is a class of its own. Grainy and still intact rice and dhal in one, and scented by coriander leaves and garnished with fried shallots. Moreover, cooked in the rice cooker. Wholesome and I reckon triggering your hunger Dhal Rice which can be paired alongside Egg Vindaloo, Eggplant Tikka Masala, Tapioca Stir Fry, Spinach Tofu Stir FryCucumber Yogurt Salad).

2 cups Basmati rice - washed.
1 cup yellow dhal/lentil
1 large onion - chopped
1/2 inch ginger - chopped
1 bay leaf
A pinch of garam masala
1 1/2 tbsp ghee
Coriander leaves & fried shallots - for garnishing

Simmer dhal with 2 cups of water till half cooked.
Separate dhal from the water and keep both aside.
Heat ghee and when heated, sauté onion, ginger and bay leaf .
Add rice, stir for a couple of minutes.
Tip into rice cooker and season with salt.
Pour in the reserved liquid (the dhal water kept aside) and water ( both should come up to 3 cups).
Add garam masala, stir and let it cook.
Once cooked, fluff up and garnish with fried shallots and coriander leaves before serving.


  1. look nice but hate ginger no idea y = =

  2. delicious..see the pic like feel hungry..

  3. Daal rice with yogurt or ghee is so good. I have made lentil biryani not like that. I am sure my family would love this, especially my daughter who does not like green peas in rice.

  4. My hubi also loves dhal. I have never thought of doing it this way. Good. At least i have an option

  5. This is good...but I don't think I will be making this on my own since I am not much of a rice person.

  6. daal rice .. very nice..
    when I have roti canai .. I will ask for daal curry only..

  7. Oh yum! I love that first picture! Pure comfort food!

  8. I'm not familiar with dhal. I love fried rice & this looks like my kinda comfort food. Awesome colours!

  9. I love this combination but have never made it myself, although we have dhall every week. And I do love ghee! Must give this one a go too!

  10. hi nava, hmmm... a flavored rice variety for me. i will surely love this.. i tend to easily appreciate the taste of flavored rice.
    first time i see this lovely recipe. bookmark with thanks. have a nice day dear

  11. ah that's so vibrant in color :) yet healthy for meals. yummy!

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  12. when I look at the rice, the first thing comes to my mind is the color and then the texture(I like all you rice recipes, but there is one main reason: It is always grainy, not a single rice clings on to the other) which according to me is just the perfect way of cooking.
    Perfect rice dish!

  13. Hi nava...lovely rice...i love the colour of it....wish to try this out sometime but whats the best combo for this rice?? any suggestion??


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