Jihva For Ingredients – Dals (Lentils)

Lentils - Red Gram Dal, Black Gram Dal

Jihva For Ingredients (JFI) is the new food blog event started by Indira of Mahanandi, which featured Mango as the ingredient for the month of May and Strawberries for June. I am pleased to announce that I am hosting JFI for the month of July and am happy to do so.

Its the first time that I am hosting a food event and the ingredient I have chosen for the JFI event (July) is our staple, the primary source of protein in Indian food, a food which conjures up feelings of warmth and comfort and an essential ingredient the Indian palate cannot do without – “Dal” (LENTIL). North, South, East or West, every Indian kitchen cooks dal, which forms a major part of the daily Indian diet.

Dried legumes and their edible seeds, known as pulses, are classified into three groups – lentils, beans and peas which are rich in proteins, high in fibre, low-fat, easily digestable, with a wide range of colors, flavors and textures. Dals are the perfect comfort food, soothing with an earthy flavor and versatile with the ability to absorb many other flavors.

Lentils - Red Gram Dal, Pink Lentils, Moong Dal, Black Gram The rule is simple, you have to blog a recipe of your choice using any type of lentil (beans and peas included) as the main ingredient. It could be a tiffin like idli or masala dosa (urad dal/black gram),sweet dish like bobattu (channa dal/bengal gram), every day dal dish (split yellow moong) or bisi bele bath , (tur dal/red gram), rajma (kidney beans), chole or dip like hummus (chick-peas). You can blog about desserts, savories, kebabs, soups, dips, stews, podis, salads, rice dishes etc using dal as the main ingredient. Lentils - Red Gram Dal, Pink Lentils, Whole Moong Dal, Split Yellow Moong
Please post your dal recipe on Saturday, 1st July and email me the link to your post along with a photo of the entry in 75X75 pixel size, the title of the post and blog name by Sunday, 2nd July to sailusfood@gmail.com
  • Non-food bloggers and blog readers, who would like to participate and share their recipes, can send in their entries too
  • I have created a colorful button for “JFI- Dal” event, you can download and put it up in your blog and help spread the word around.You will find the button (logo) along with the code at the end of the post

I look forward to all the entries, discover new dal recipes from each region of India and the world, being blogged and showcased in the July round-up of the “JFI – Dal” food event. I appreciate JFI being made a revolving food event giving other food bloggers a chance to be able to satisfy the desire to host a food event. I am sure there are quite a few, like me, who have a desire to host a food blog event atleast once..:). Thank you, Indira.

For information about Jihva For Ingredients food event, please visit Mahanandi.

Dals - Kandi Pappu, Masoor Dal, Pesallu, Pesara Pappu


As its the “Dal” month, I will be blogging more about dals in the month of June. For the benefit of my visitors and fellow food bloggers, I have a put up “Blog A Recipe” feature in the side bar where a few options for dal recipes have been given and one can vote for the dal recipe they want blogged. So, go ahead and vote !!

Jihva for ingredients

Right click and save the image and link to my post (http://www.sailusfood.com/2006/05/27/jihva-for-ingredients-dals-lentils/) OR copy the code below and paste it in your blog.

Jihva For Ingredients – Dals (Lentils)

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 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  dal


  • Indira

    Excellent choice, Sailu. I am glad to see that you’ve chosen an ingredient representing Indian cuisine. Thanks for that!

    I can’t wait to participate. I am a real lentil fiend.:)
    love the logo you’ve created for this event.

    Thanks and happy hosting!

    Thank you, Indira for making JFI a revolving event.
    Yes, lentils are an integral part of Indian cuisine and hence the choice.

  • http://vineelascooking.blogspot.com vineela krishna

    Hi Sailu,

    Excellent idea.I love the logo and all pictures.Hope we all will enjoy the upcoming round up also.
    Happy hosting,Sailu.


    I am looking forward to hosting the event and see what you come up with, Vineela.

  • http://www.aayisrecipes.com shilpa

    You will get my entry very soon Sailu :). Logo and the pics you have created are so cute.

    Shilpa, post your entry on the 1st of July in your blog and send me your entry by the 2nd.

  • http://www.santhiskitchen.com Santhi

    AWESOME selection Sailu. And a nice logo for the event. You will get my entry very soon 🙂

    Thank you,Santhi. You have a lot of time on hand as you have to post your entry on 1st July.

  • http://anthonyskitchen.blogspot.com The Bachelor Chef

    AH!!! How I love playing with daal… I have just what I want to cook in mind lol

    Well, I look forward to that ,TBC !! -:)

  • http://anthonyskitchen.blogspot.com The Bachelor Chef

    BTW did you design the template yourself.. it is amazing…

    Thank you, TBC. Its been co-designed with the help of a dear friend.

  • http://myrasoi.blogspot.com lakshmi

    Nice choice Sailu.
    Happy Hosting.

    Thank you,Lakshmi. I look forward to your entry and hosting the event.

  • http://kitchenwonders.blogspot.com/ Sumitha Shibu

    Glad you selected such a simple ingredient Sailu! I am sure you will get lots of interesting entries!

    Yes,Sumitha, its a simple and versatile ingredient. I look forward to what you come up with..:)

  • http://kitchenmate.blogspot.com/ Karthi Kannan

    Sailu: You blog looks so colorful and lovely with those beauty dals, isn’t it?? Logo looks cool, so does the dal. So colorful Sailu, looking forward to this dear event! I have an unique recipe of my MIL for Jivha, will post it on July 1st. Thanks for leading those protein-rich-DALS 🙂

    Karthi, I am so glad you hear that you are going to come with a unique
    recipe of your mother-in-law. Look forward to that..:)

  • http://myworksh0p.blogspot.com/ RP

    Good choice Sailu!
    Now July first, thats going to be a loooooooong wait to see everybody’s dal dishes.:)

    And gives you enough time to come up with a lovely dal dish too, RP..:)

  • http://www.kodaliskitchen.blogspot.com Tanuja

    Good choice sailu,excellent logo,I would love to be a part of this event.
    Happy hosting:)

    Thank you, Tanuja. Look forward to your participation.

  • http://www.menutoday.blogspot.com/ menutoday

    Hi Sailu,
    Nice Selection of ingredient and logo. I will participate little late. Is it ok????

    MT, it would be nice if you could post your recipe on 1st July as that is
    the day all the participants will be posting their recipes in their respective
    blogs. Please try to make it on the 1st..:)

  • http://mtastes.blogspot.com/ Lera

    Happy Hosting! Sailu, the Logo is cute 🙂

    Thank you,Lera. I look forward to your participation..:)

  • http://limadelhi.blogspot.com/ Sury

    First up, congratulations on your lovely new cyber home, Sailu! This looks gorgeous.

    Thanks for the heads up on July JFI. The button looks great. I will post it on our blog and definitely try to enter the event.

    Thank you, Sury. I look forward to your participation..:)

  • http://food-forthought.blogspot.com Ashwini

    Wow! Love the choice of ingredient and the button too. I cant wait to put up my entry

    Ashwini, July 1st it is!!

  • http://isouthpotpourri.blogspot.com Shynee Nair

    As usual, your presentation is great and definitely looking forward for the event…I have already linked it with mine..

    Thank you, Shynee. I look forward to your entry..:)

  • http://pusiva.blogspot.com Puspha

    Great selection as there are wide range of recipe choices. Now, I’ve got to sit & think of wat to cook.

    You have a whole month to think, Pushpa..:)

  • http://viaggiesapori.blogspot.com/ Orchidea

    This is a great idea… I will join and let you know. I am new to food blog and did not know.
    Do I have to do the same if I want to join the month of June with strawberry?

    I like you food blog and Indian food.

    Thank you for dropping by, Orchidea.
    Yes, you can participate in the JFI – Strawberry event being hosted by Baking Fairy.
    You have to post your strawberry recipe on you blog on June 1st.Here’s the link to the post which has all the details.
    Look forward to your participation for the Dal event on July 1st, Orchidea.

  • http://www.happyburp.blogspot.com Vaishali

    Can I send my entire ‘Ton of Protein’ series to the event? 🙂 Just kidding! What I will do now is that I’ll look for a recipe that I hadn’t planned to blog about in this series of mine. That’s exciting! By the way, I’ll add this pretty JFI button that you have created to all posts in my ‘Ton of Protein’ series from now on until the 1st of July. I don’t want you to add those posts in the round-up, but the button will be apt there and will also remind fellow bloggers of the deadline every now and then. Hope you are ok with it.
    Hey, and I love it that your comments section has a preview available now. Great and handy!

    Vaishali, your welcome to add the button..I created it so that fellow bloggers
    can put up the logo in their blogs the whole of June. Look forward to your entry, Vaishali..:)
    I am glad you like the preview, its for your convenience.

  • http://manpasand.blogspot.com/ Krithika

    Excellent choice ! Will definitely participate. Pics look really good.

    Thank you, Krithika. Look forward to your entry.

  • Gourmet

    Sailu!! Great idea…
    I love it!!! And i love dal… 🙂
    I’m submit from Italy…

    Gourmet, I look forward to your participation and am eager to
    see what you come up with from Italy..:)

  • http://saffrontrail.blogspot.com Nandita

    Hey Sailu,
    Thats a wonderful ingredient- one of the inherent parts of our daily food- can I submit an entry I have already posted before? Or must I post it again on 1st July?

    Yes, Nandita, you can submit an entry posted earlier on your blog.
    On July 1st you can post it again for JFI – Dal event. It would be nice if
    you could submit something you hadnt blogged earlier, on July 1st.
    Its upto you, anyway.

  • http://orugallu.net/vinDu Mythili

    Sailu, Goody Goody Goody (imaging Obelix clapping hands when he sights a roman). Isn’t that wonderful? An awesome choice I must say. There are so many choices, I am almost delirious just thinking of them :D. And the logo is great too – so are the photographs in this post.

    LOL !! Look forward to your entry, Mythili.
    Yes, its going to be a difficult choice when you have so many to choose from…:)

  • Aparna

    Hi Sailu.. That one, was a cool choice of yours..I will be there. Lot of time to think, and after July lot to try from fellow bloggers.

    Thanks for the efforts!!


    Look forward to your participation, Aparna.

  • http://arcthomas.blogspot.com/ Archana

    Awesome choice Sailu,thinking about the number of lentil/dal varieties we have, and the diverse dishes we can prepare, I am sure that this JFI-Lentil is going to be a super hit. I loved the logo for the event. Wish you all the best, and I am eagerly looking forward to participate.


    Looking forward to your participation, Archana..:)

  • http://mysamayal.blogspot.com/ sudha vinodh

    Hi sailu,
    Nice pictures. Would like to participate. I’m new to blogging.This will be my second event.

    Your most welcome to participate, Sudha. Look forward to your entry..:)

  • http://www.spicycuisine.blogspot.com Bindu Vijay

    Hi Sailu,

    A blog with good aesthetic sense. Looks great, especially the logo for the event.

    The topic you have chosen is a simple one and believe the event will be flooded with entries.

    I too would like to participate.

    Your most welcome to participate, Bindu and I look forward to your entry.
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog and logo..:)

  • http://pinchofspice.blogspot.com Sheela

    Hi Sailu,
    Wonderful Choice!!!!!

    What is Indian food without DAL….I think I could write a book on dal recipes.
    Anyway it will be a pleasure to participate.
    Talk to u in July.

    Absolutely, Sheela, cant imagine Indian food without Dal. Look forward to your entry.

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  • Joe

    Excellent effort…
    I have to learn cooking now..

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    Very interesting information! Thanks!


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