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Dal Baati Fondue

Dal Baati Fondue — an innovative take on the iconic Rajasthani classic, this fondue combines melt-in-mouth baati with a smoky daal topped with melty cheese. A modern twist to my childhood favorite, serve this crowd-pleaser at your next party for a memorable dish that’ll bring nothing but smiles!

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Fusion, Indian
Keyword party
Custom Category Dinner, Diwali, Fusion, Indian Main Course, Lunch, Main Course, Traditional
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 372 kcal
Author Nidhi Bothra

Ingredients

Baati:

  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup semolina , coarse
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • salt , to taste
  • water

Cheesy Smoky Dal:

For Smoking:

  • 1 coal
  • 1/2 tsp ghee

Fondue:

Instructions

Dal:

  1. For preparing dal, wash all of the lentils and then soak them in water for 1 hour. After, drain the water and add the lentils to a pressure cooker.

  2. Add 3.5 cups of water into the pressure cooker along with half the turmeric powder and salt. Cook the dal for about 3-4 whistles. After the first whistle, make sure the flame is at medium intensity.

  3. While the dal is cooking, the tadka can be prepared. Add ghee in a pan and once it heats up, turn the gas to low flame and add cumin seeds, asafoetida, bay leaf, cinnamon, green and black cardamoms, cloves, and dried red chili.

  4. Sauté the spices for a few minutes. When it starts to crackle, add in some ginger, green chilies, and garlic. Now add tomatoes, chili, kasoori methi, and the remaining turmeric.

  5. Stirring occasionally, add 2-3 tbsp of water and cook on a medium heat till the ghee separates. Then add beaten yogurt and cook for another minute. Your tadka is ready. Remove 1 tbsp tadka to be used later when serving the fondue.

  6. Add the cooked dal to the tadka. Season with garam masala, lemon juice, and salt (as needed). Let it simmer for 10 mins until the ghee rises.

  7. Now, heat the coal on a stove or the grill using tongs. Once hot, place it in a small foil bowl over the dal. Drizzle some ghee on top of the coal and quickly place a lid over the dal. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes and then carefully remove the foil bowl. Now, mix the dal and your smoke infused dal is ready. This step can be done as soon as the dal is ready and you don't have wait until serving the fondue.

Baati:

  1. For preparing baatis, combine wheat flour, semolina, salt, baking powder, ajwain, and ghee/olive oil. Mix them evenly. Now, with the help of yogurt, start making a firm dough and use water as required. Make sure that the dough is firm, and not like a soft chapati dough. When done, cover it and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven on 375°F or 190°C.
  3. Now, knead the dough well for 3-4 minutes. Divide the dough in 10-12 equal parts and shape them into balls . In each ball, make a small indentation in the center with your thumb and keep them aside. When done, arrange all the baatis in a baking tray and bake them for 30-40 minutes. One side usually take 15-20 minutes or until their top turns golden brown. Once it’s done, flip them and let the other side bake until golden brown. Once you start seeing cracks, you'll know you have perfect baatis.

  4. When done, take the baatis out. Press them gently with your fingers to help them crack a little. This will allow the baatis to absorb ghee when they are dipped and make them moist.

  5. Now, in a separate bowl, take 2 tbsp (or more) of ghee, dip or roll each baati in it, and arrange them in the serving dish.

Serving the Fondue:

  1. Transfer piping hot dal to a fondue bowl (or any bowl). Add cheese and mix it well. Drizzle tadka on top and garnish with some cheese and cilantro.

  2. Arrange the baatis in a serving dish and drizzle some ghee on top.

  3. To make mirchi achaar, mix 6-8 finely chopped green chilies with 1 tsp mustard powder, a pinch of turmeric powder, salt, and lemon juice.

  4. Serve with cilantro chutney, garlic chutney, mirchi achaar and onions.

  5. To enjoy, dip a baati in the dal and garnish with all the accompaniments to your liking. Your Dal Baati Fondue is ready!

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Nutrition Facts
Dal Baati Fondue
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 513mg15%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.