Chausa ki Dal, Chaulai ka Saag, Mota Chawal – Traditional Dish of Uttarakhand

Chausa ki Dal, Chaulai ka Saag, Mota Chawal - Traditional Dish of Uttarakhand

We were received by Heera Singh Negi (owner of Tourist Nature Camp Stay) at Sari Village – the starting point for Deoria Tal trek. During lunchtime, I requested for Garhwali food. Thali was served. Dal (pulses) was too good. Upon the query, knowledge was enhanced.

It is Chausa dal i.e., Black Urad. First, it is roasted and then with the use of a traditional grinding stone, it is crushed to powder. Use of the strainer is required to separate the thin powder from thick one. Later thick powder is crushed again. And finally, the powder is boiled once into water and Chaunk (temper) with ghee, cumin seeds (jeera), and onions for delicious flavor.

It is delicious I agree and requested for more. Amla ka Achar, fried Red Chili was enhancing taste.

And a question: why fried Red Chili?

Negi said – if not fried, it is difficult to eat as it is too spicy, too hot.

Thank you – said I. I Thoroughly enjoyed Garhwali food. Rs. 50/- per thali. Paid.