Lentils are the most humble source of protein widely consumed around India in various forms. My home it plays a major role in daily food from simple to complex dishes. Obviously maa had to make sure that we eat it regularly without getting bored. She had this UP dish which she learnt from my Nani called dal ki bhafori mostly made during winter and rainy seasons. Made with mixed dal with hardly any oil in it, super tasty and simple.
1 cup soaked mixed dal
3-5 garlic clove
1-2 green chillies
1 teaspoon cummin seeds
Pinch of hing
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon oil for greasing the steamer
2 cups of wheat atta
Water to knead the dough and to steam the bhaforis
Prepare the dough like any roti atta with little salt, not very soft.
Prepare the steamer greasing it slightly. Let the water come to boiling level.
Coarsely grind the soaked mixed dal with garlic ,green chillies , cummin , pinch of hing and salt.
Make small puri size rotis and place the ground dal on one side and fold over without sealing it completely. Place it carefully in the steamer and steam for 10/12 minutes making sure it’s cooked through. One can do the toothpick test as well.
Serve it with any favorite chutney. Maa’s personal touch was a spoonful of ghee melting over the bhaforis.