The Eight Best Basketball Hoops for 2020

Nothing beats having your own personal basketball hoop at home. From neighborhood pickup games to family games of HORSE, a home basketball hoop can provide years of fun and a lifetime of memories. If you’re thinking about adding a hoop at your home, start your search with this list of the top-rated portable, in-ground and mounted basketball hoops currently available at DICK’S Sporting Goods. Whether you need a hoop for serious competition or an affordable option for family fun, you’ll find a great fit in this collection.

Best Basketball Hoops for 2020

1. Lifetime 52″ Steel-Framed Shatterproof Portable Basketball Hoop

With over 300 four- and five-star reviews, this Lifetime hoop is the top-rated portable basketball hoop available at DICK’S. The polycarbonate backboard offers a professional look and shatter-resistant durability, while the Slam-It Rim features double-compression springs to help withstand dunks and provide true rebounds. One of the best features on this hoop is the user-friendly Power Lift function that lets you adjust the height anywhere from 7 1/2′ to 10′ in just seconds.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 52″
  • Backboard Material: Polycarbonate
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′
  • Base Size: 35 gallons

Shop the Lifetime 52″ Steel-Framed Shatterproof Portable Basketball Hoop.

2. Goaliath 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop with Yard Defender

This hoop is legit. The tempered-glass backboard provides an arena-like look and performance, and the two-piece, powder-coated steel pole helps ensure exceptional stability and durability. The hoop also includes a pole pad to help provide protection plus Yard Defender netting to help keep the ball from rolling away.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 60″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′

Shop the Goaliath 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop with Yard Defender.

3. Spalding Beast 60″ Glass Portable Basketball Hoop

The Beast is our best portable hoop for serious players. The large, 60″ backboard is made with tempered glass to give you gym-level quality at home, while the 50-gallon base can be filled with water or sand to help provide incredible stability during play. The Beast also features multi-wheel castors and a built-in handle that can help make moving the hoop simple. And, if you have young players at home, you can use the included screwjack to adjust the height between 7 1/2′ and 10′.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 60″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′
  • Base Size: 50 gallons

Shop the Spalding Beast 60″ Glass Portable Basketball Hoop.

4. Goaliath 50” GoTek Portable Basketball Hoop

The Goaliath 50″ GoTek is a customer favorite for several reasons. First off, the GoTek is known for being easy to assemble compared to other portable hoops. Customers note that the parts are clearly marked and well organized, and the instructions are easy to follow. The sturdy steel frame helps ensure superior stability during play, while the unique Infinity Edge Backboard is made to provide true bounces. The GoTek is also incredibly easy to move, with an ergonomic design that lets you lift and move the hoop like a wheelbarrow. You can adjust the hoop in 6″ increments from 7 1/2′ to 10′.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 50″
  • Backboard Material: Acrylic
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′
  • Base Size: 25 gallons

Shop the Goaliath 50″ GoTek Portable Basketball Hoop.

5. Goalrilla 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop

The Goalrilla 60″ In-Ground Hoop features a one-piece, powder-coated pole for extreme durability. The tempered glass backboard is 3/8″ thick to help provide premium performance with minimum vibration. The height adjusts from 7 1/2′ to 10′ to suit almost all ages. If you’re looking for gym quality, this hoop is a great choice.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 60″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′

Shop the Goalrilla 60″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop.

6. Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop

The Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop is our top pick for young kids. You can adjust the height of the telescoping pole from 5 1/2′ to 7 1/2′ in six-inch increments to give young shooters the chance to hone their skills on a real hoop. The polyethylene backboard is perfect for kids and the high-density design is built to withstand harsh weather. At 15″, the rim is a bit smaller than those on regulation models, but it is large enough to fit a regulation ball. That said, your young player may be more comfortable shooting a smaller youth-sized basketball.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 32″
  • Backboard Material: Polyethylene
  • Adjustable Height Range: 5 1/2′ to 7 1/2′
  • Base Size: 10 gallons

Shop the Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop.

7. Goaliath 54″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop

This 54″ hoop from Goaliath is the most affordable in-ground system on our list, providing exceptional performance and long-lasting durability. The tempered-glass backboard offers a pro-style look and is reinforced with steel along the entire perimeter for maximum rim support. The two-piece, powder-coated steel pole is made to be resistant to corrosion and UV rays, helping to keep the hoop looking like new. Customers also note how easy it is to adjust the height between 7 1/2′ and 10′.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 54″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass
  • Adjustable Height Range: 7 1/2′ to 10′

Shop the Goaliath 54″ In-Ground Basketball Hoop.

8. Goalsetter 54″ Fixed Height Baseline Glass Blackboard and HD Breakaway Rim

This 54″ mounted hoop from Goalsetter will make the perfect addition to your home. The backboard is made with tempered glass to provide gym-quality performance, while the durable, breakaway rim is built to withstand thunderous dunks. The steel anchor frame is designed to provide a secure hold you can trust for years.

Key Features
  • Backboard Size: 54″
  • Backboard Material: Tempered glass

Shop the Goalsetter 54” Fixed Height Baseline Glass Blackboard and HD Breakaway Rim.

Still not sure which hoop is right for your home? Learn more with our basketball hoop buying guide.

The Eight Best Fishing Kayaks of 2020

Fishing can be a great escape from everyday life. But what if you want to escape a little further than the shoreline will take you? Fishing kayaks can help anglers explore uncharted waters and enjoy hotspots not accessible by shore or boat.

Choosing the right fishing kayak for your needs can seem daunting with the abundance of options available. Hook into a keeper with help from this collection of the year’s best fishing kayaks for your next trip.

BEST SIT-ON-TOP FISHING KAYAKS

1. Lifetime Teton Angler Kayak

Lifetime Teton Angler Kayak

Paddle with confidence while atop the Lifetime Teton Angler. With a unique hull design for improved tracking and stability, this vessel can be great for anglers eager to fish. The durable UV-Protected High-Density Polyethylene construction can also ensure your fishing kayak will stay in top angling shape season after season. Front and rear tankwell storage – as well as two flush mount rod holders – can provide the necessary space to house all your fishing gear and equipment.

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2. Lifetime Teton Pro Angler Kayak

Lifetime Teton Pro Angler

Take your fishing adventures to newfound waters atop the Lifetime Teton Pro Angler. Perfect for lakes, rivers and reservoirs, this vessel features a high initial stability hull for improved stand up casting. The adjustable frame seating also houses two settings for maximum comfort, whether fishing and paddling or reclining and relaxing. Fret not about taking on water thanks to the Deck Channel Draining System featuring eight self-bailing scupper holes. The Lifetime Teton Pro Angler even comes equipped with a molded-in 28-inch ruler for measuring every trophy you bring aboard.

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3. Old Town Topwater 120 Angler Kayak

Old Town Topwater 120 Angler

A comfortable fishing trip is just a launch away with the Old Town Topwater 120 Angler. The breathable ElementAir seat and EVA foam deck pads can make for an enjoyable float on the water. This vessel also boasts a revolutionary universal transducer mounting system to house your fish finder for seeking out prized hotspots. The ultra-stable DoubleU hull design can help improve handling and stability when casting and reeling in your next big catch.

Shop the Old Town Topwater 120 Angler Kayak.

4. Pelican Catch 130 HyDryve Angler Kayak

Pelican The Catch 130 Hydryve Angler Kayak

The Pelican Catch 130 Hydryve Angler can be a great option for those wanting speed on the water. Featuring a Hydryve Pedal System, this sit-on-top fishing kayak can be a quick and nimble vessel when navigating offshore. The Ergocast G2 Seating System can help create a comfortable experience when fishing. There is also plenty of storage for your fishing gear and necessities. Utilize the multiple tankwells, rod holders and tackle box compartment to pack everything for a fun-filled day on the water.

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5. Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive 12.0 Angler Kayak

Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive Angler Kayak

Maneuver with grace and precision on the Perception Pescador Pilot Pedal Drive Angler. This lightweight fishing kayak features an innovative pedal system for improved mobility through tight areas. This vessel is also comfortable in part to the breathable captain’s chair featuring adjustable stadium-style seating. Ample storage and customizable gearing rigs can help ensure you have room for all your angling needs. Float with confidence and reel in the big one atop this quality fishing kayak.

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6. Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler Kayak

Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler Kayak

Put your best foot forward during your next angling adventure with the Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler. Using the PDL Drive pedal system for forward and reverse navigation, this kayak can help improve maneuverability on the water. The ultra-stable DoubleU hull design can help you remain stable as you cast away for trophy catches. You can even mount your favorite fish finder to locate your next favorite fishing hole thanks to the universal transducer mounting system. Keep your fishing gear close and accessible with the onboard rod and tackle storage areas for an enjoyable angling experience.

Shop the Old Town Topwater 106 PDL Angler Kayak.

BEST SIT-IN FISHING KAYAKS

1. Pelican Pioneer 100XR Kayak

Pelican Pioneer 100XR Kayak

Looking for a budget-friendly beginner vessel? The Pelican Pioneer 100XR can be a great introductory fishing kayak for anglers wanting to venture offshore. This stable vessel can easily maneuver through the water as you paddle to your favorite fishing spot. Upgraded hatches with storage bags can allow you to tote your necessary fishing gear wherever you roam. Your next angling adventure can also be a cozy one, thanks to the adjustable footrests and premium knee pads for cushioned comfort.

Shop the Pelican Pioneer 100XR Kayak.

2. Perception Hook 10.5 Angler Kayak

Perception Hook 10.5 Angler

Another sturdy fishing kayak that won’t break the bank is the Perception Hook 10.5 Angler. Casting out while in this vessel is a breeze, thanks to the tri-keel stabilizer hull for better tracking and stability. The molded-in rod holders and dashboard can help you transport your fishing needs from spot to spot. You can also find comfort on the water in a padded seat with adjustable backrest. Paddle out and hook into some fun with this great fishing kayak.

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Ready to launch your new vessel for a great day on the water? Discover how to pack your fishing kayak to keep your spirits high and your catches plenty with these fishing Pro Tips.

The 21 Best Bikes of 2020

Are you ready to ride? Take a two-wheeled vantage point and discover the right bike for your journey. From versatile hybrids to ultra-rugged mountain bikes, you can maximize your adventure with a bike that’s designed for your unique journey.

When choosing the right bike, you may need to consider frames, wheels and features. But before you begin, think about where and how you will ride, whether that’s trekking up the mountainside, high-speed cruising on the road or opting for a dirt trail. Here’s a list of this year’s top mountain, road and hybrid bikes for your next ride.

*Disclaimer: Inventory may fluctuate due to product availability.

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKES

Mountain Bikes are designed to handle rough terrain on unpaved trails or off-road adventures. These bikes are often built with sturdy frames and high clearance that helps enable them to overcome mud, rocks and debris encountered on the trail. They come with upright handlebars designed to promote easy handling and wide tires designed to provide ample shock absorption.

GT Men’s Aggressor Pro Mountain Bike

The GT Men’s Aggressor Pro Mountain Bike can be the answer for your next adventure on rocky terrain, winding singletracks and anything else that may come your way on unpaved trails. Constructed with a 6061-T6 Aluminum Triple Triangle Frame and a SR Suntour XCT fork, the Aggressor Pro is designed to deliver optimal durability and handling. The Shimano drivetrain and 8-speed shifter can help you transition through different elevations more smoothly.

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GT Women’s Laguna Pro Mountain Bike

Explore the off-beaten path with the GT Women’s Laguna Pro Mountain Bike. The 6061-T6 Aluminum Triple Triangle Frame is built to be strong and durable, yet lightweight and nimble. The Shimano shifters are designed to offer easy and smooth transitions, while the mechanical disc brakes are designed to provide ample stopping power when you need it. With 27.5″ All Terra Cypher tires, the Laguna Pro can deliver traction and control on the road and on the trails.

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Nishiki Men’s Pueblo 26″ Mountain Bike

Experience excellent performance and an awesome ride with the Nishiki Men’s Pueblo Mountain Bike. Made with a heat-treated steel frame and 60mm travel fork, this mountain bike boasts durability and shock absorption. Its 26″ wheels and aluminum rims can tackle tough terrain, while the Shimano drivetrain can conquer big ascents and downhill slopes.

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Nishiki Women’s Pueblo 26″ Mountain Bike

Take the Nishiki Women’s Pueblo Mountain Bike for a ride on your next trip. Its front suspension, 60mm travel fork and Shimano drivetrain can help you climb uphill and coast smoothly over rocky paths. Its heat-treated steel frame and oversized down tube deliver a solid ride that can be perfect for the great outdoors. The Pueblo 26″ is complete with linear pull brakes designed for quick and easy stops.

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GT Men’s Avalanche 29″ Mountain Bike

Get ready to shred the mountain trails with the GT Men’s Avalanche 29″ Mountain Bike. It’s designed to offer stability and efficiency while also providing smooth rollover on uneven terrain. It features a durable 6061-T6 aluminum triple triangle frame, hydraulic disc brakes and 27 speeds to help you keep going.

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Schwinn Women’s Standpoint 27.5″ Bike

The Standpoint is a Schwinn Signature mountain bike that features an aluminum mountain frame with a Schwinn suspension fork made for controlled riding on the trail. Its 21 speed Shimano Revoshift twist shifters help provide quick gear changes, while front and rear v-brakes help deliver crisp stops. Plus, 27.5 x 2.2-inch all-terrain tires can give you go-anywhere traction.

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Schwinn Men’s Standpoint 27.5″ Bike

Schwinn Mens Standpoint

Hit the trails with the Standpoint, a Schwinn Signature mountain bike. The Standpoint features an aluminum mountain frame with Schwinn suspension fork designed for controlled riding. Its 21-speed Shimano Revoshift twist shifters help provide quick gear changes, while front and rear v-brakes are made to deliver crisp stops. Plus, 27.5 x 2.2-inch all-terrain tires can give you that go-anywhere traction.

Shop the Schwinn Men’s Standpoint Mountain Bike.

BEST HYBRID BIKES

Hybrid Bikes are best for casual road riding or cruising along smooth dirt trails. Hybrids can be an excellent utility bike because they often possess the lightweight frame of a road bike with the wide tires and high clearance of a mountain bike.

Schwinn Men’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike

The Schwinn Men’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike may be perfect for exploring wooded trails or commuting around town. Made with a lightweight aluminum frame and SR Suntour Fork, the GTX 3 is built to deliver an agile ride on any surface. Its 700C Schwinn tires are made to roll smoothly on city streets, while Shimano componentry and seven speeds are built to provide pedaling power.

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Schwinn Women’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike

Whether you prefer dirt paths or paved roads, the Schwinn Women’s GTX 3 Hybrid Bike is made to ride on any surface. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame and SR Suntour Fork, the GTX 3 is built to be nimble on the trail or street. Its 700C Schwinn tires are made to roll smoothly on city streets and Shimano components and seven speeds are designed to ensure efficient performance.

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Schwinn Signature Men’s Fremont Hybrid Bike

Schwinn Signature Mens Fremont

Set and accomplish all your biking goals with the Schwinn Fremont Hybrid Bike. The aluminum frame is built to be lightweight and durable and features front suspension to help absorb impact from bumps. The Fremont is equipped with 21 speeds, linear pull brakes and Shimano EZ-Fire shifters. The memory foam cushioned seat and suspension seat post helps provide maximum comfort on every ride.

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Nishiki Men’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike

Tackle all rides with the Nishiki Men’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike. Designed with a lightweight aluminum frame, this flat bar road bike boasts a smooth and comfortable ride over rough surfaces. Its Shimano components help make shifting and pedaling more efficient whether you’re climbing uphill or gliding down the street.

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Nishiki Women’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike

From casual commutes to working out, the Nishiki Women’s Manitoba Hybrid Bike is made to provide a comfortable, smooth ride on or off the pavement. Built with a lightweight aluminum frame and 700C wheels, the Manitoba is designed to glide easily through narrow streets or forested paths. This bike can provide powerful stopping power with its Promax linear pull brakes.

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Nishiki Men’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike

Whether you’re commuting or trekking on a narrow singletrack, experience it all with the Nishiki Men’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike. Built with a durable aluminum frame, this bike is made to cruise with stability. The reliable 700C wheels are made to withstand terrain from rocky roads to smooth pavement, while the disc brakes deliver optimum stopping control.

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Nishiki Women’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike

The Nishiki Women’s Anasazi Hybrid Bike may be an ideal choice for versatility whether you’re on or off the pavement. Equipped with larger 700C tires, aluminum frame and hybrid geometry, this dual sport bike is made to accelerate quickly while navigating sharp turns with stability. The Shimano shifter also helps you to adjust through the 24 speeds with ease.

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Schwinn Signature Men’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike

The Schwinn Men’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike is made to be versatile and easy to ride on pavement or trails. It’s designed with an alloy construction and is equipped with disc brakes that help ensure quick stops. The Super Sport also has a 21-speed drivetrain and a straight blade rigid steel fork. With Schwinn sport ergo dual-density grips and Schwinn S2 sport ergo saddle, this hybrid bike is made to provide maximum comfort.

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Schwinn Signature Women’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike

The Schwinn Women’s Super Sport Hybrid Bike is great for a wide range of riding conditions whether city, trail or road. It features an alloy frame with a step-thru design for greater comfort, disc brakes that help you stop easily and a 21-speed drivetrain. Plus, the Schwinn sport ergo dual-density grips and Schwinn S2 sport ergo saddle add even more comfort to this bike.

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BEST ROAD BIKES

Road Bikes are best for riding on pavement. These bikes can be a great fit for commuters, fitness riders and long-distance athletes. They are designed with narrow, high-pressured tires to provide a smooth ride, as well as a lighter frame and higher seating position made  to enhance aerodynamic speed.

Nishiki Men’s Maricopa Road Bike

From commuting to training for the triathlon, take the Nishiki Men’s Maricopa Road Bike for a spin on the streets. The lightweight aluminum frame and compact road geometry help ensure a speedy ride. Fitted with Shimano components and 700C wheels, the Maricopa can roll smoothly on rough pavement while delivering top-notch performance.

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Mongoose Men’s Guide Sport Road Bike

For a full day of riding, the Mongoose Men’s Guide Sport Road Bike may be perfect for you. It can be great for commuting, bike packing or gravel roads. It features disc brakes for all-weather braking, wide tires to help provide ample grip and an 18-speed drivetrain. With a stash pack frame bag, the Guide Sport allows you to store essentials and items for your ride.

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GT Men’s Vantara Claris Road Bike

Have the competitive edge with the GT Men’s Vantara Claris Road Bike. This drop bar road bike features an alloy frame with smooth welds and an alloy fork that promote confident handling, versatility and maximum durability. The Shimano shifters and drivetrain help ensure a reliable ride and can allow you to find the right gear for every destination. From climbs and descents to casual rides, you can tackle all surroundings with this bike.

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GT Men’s GTS Comp Road Bike

Take the GT Men’s GTS Comp Road Bike for a tour around your favorite cycling destination. The durable alloy frame helps make climbing hills a breeze. Its 700C wheels and drop-bar handlebar will give you top speeds and smooth handling, whether you are training for a competition or taking a morning ride.

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Schwinn Signature Men’s Fastback Carbon Road Bike

The Schwinn Men’s Fastback Carbon Road Bike is built to deliver lightweight performance and speed. It features a carbon frame, a 22-speed drivetrain and caliper brakes. With a road race seat, double-gel tape grips, and a drop-bar handlebar, this bike can help keep you comfortable and in the zone on long rides or events.

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So, if you’re looking for your next adventure-ready bike, these hybrid, mountain and road bikes may be the perfect fit for you. Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Discover hundreds of bikes at DICK’S.

20 Magical Christmas Movies for Kids

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start making a list of best kids Christmas movies. So, once you’re done with the tree decoration and gift wrapping, cuddle with your darlings and watch some evergreen, fun-filled movies that warm the yuletide spirit.  

Come Christmas and there are many important things that keep you busy, right from decking the halls, putting up holiday trees, wrapping gifts, and baking treats. With so many things to do, it’s easy to forget that the most important thing to do is spend quality time with your loved ones. And there’s nothing better than to watch a slew of movies snuggled in bed with your munchkins!

Children’s Christmas movies are eternally charming, and the best part is that you are never too old for them. Take your pick, get ready some munchies, and make the most of Christmas night!

Top 20 Christmas Movies for Children

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Topping the list of holiday movies for kids, Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ features Jimmy Stewart in the role of George Bailey, who makes sacrifices for the sake of spreading goodwill in the small town of Bedford Falls. Watch out for the scene where he helps angels get back their wings!

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This kids Christmas movie brings cartoonist Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic stories to life via a divine television special. It is a heartfelt celebration of the season’s holiness.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A young reindeer, because of his red, bright nose, is banished from traditional reindeer games. Rudolph makes it his mission to help them. This movie is among the classic kids Christmas movies!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

4. The Polar Express (2004)

When it comes to the best animated Christmas movies for kids, The Polar Express (2004) by Chris Van Allsburg wins hands down. This is the story of a train that’s headed for Santa’s workshop.

The Polar Express (2004)

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Santa is abducted from Christmas Town by Jack Skellington, a restless ghoul, who decides to deliver all the presents himself. This mash-up of Christmas and Halloween is super entertaining!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

6. Millions (2004)

A sack of money falls into the hands of a seven-year-old boy and his brother. What do they do with the dough after knowing where the loot came from? Do they invest in charity or blow up the treasure on material goods?

Millions (2004)

7. Home Alone (1990)

Macaulay Culkin, a cheeky kid, holds ground against bumbling burglars after his family accidentally flies off to Paris, leaving him home alone. Watch this action-packed comedy for many warm moments with your kids. A sure rib-tickler.

Home Alone (1990)

8. White Christmas (1954)

The Bing Crosby musical gives you some swell times with your excited kids and makes you exchange Connecticut for Vermont. It’s certainly a cinematic victory lap for its juggernaut title song.

White Christmas (1954)

9. Holiday Inn (1942)

The movie is all about a Connecticut resort and star-crossed show guests that make your kids dream of a wonderful “White Christmas.” This comedy is oft-watched for its best-selling Irving Berlin songs.

Holiday Inn (1942)

10. Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell (Buddy), a wide-eyed sweetheart, is an elf that has outgrown the North Pole. He arrives in New York to live a life of his own. A must-see for city kids who’ll love to see Buddy enjoying Christmas in NYC.

Elf (2003)

11. The Santa Clause (Film Series)

When Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), helps Santa during a Christmas crisis, he finds out that he has unintentionally agreed to be the next Santa Clause! An inside look at Santa’s home and toy factory on the North Pole is incentive enough for your kids to be hooked!

The Santa Clause (Film Series)

12. Fred Claus (2007)

When Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn), Santa’s bitter older brother is in dire need of money, he is forced to move to the North Pole and help him out for the cash. Set the tone for the night with this heartwarming yet hilarious kids Christmas movie!

Fred Claus (2007)

13. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol is probably the most popular Charles Dickens novel and its movie adaptation is as captivating as the classic book. The story follows a bitter old miser (Jim Carrey) who learns about compassion when visited by three spirits on Christmas. While the story in itself is beautiful, the motion-capture animation effects are fascinating!

A Christmas Carol (2009)

14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Adapted from a children’s story by the beloved  Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a comedy about the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who hates Christmas and sets out to ruin the holiday. Cindy Lou, a six-year-old who is a stong believer of the spirit of Christmas sets out to help him change his ways.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

15. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas tells the story of Santa’s clumsy young son Arthur who sets out to save Christmas for a little girl. A festive tale with a wonderful message, Arthur Christmas is an excellent choice for your kids.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

16. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Every child has been told the story of how Santa comes in through the fireplace on Christmas eve to leave presents under their Christmas tree, and we’re sure most kids have once dreamt of actually being able to catch him in action. Watch what happens when two siblings try to prove Santa exists by setting a trap.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

17. The Grinch (2018)

Watch this musical of how the Grinch, along with his loyal dog, Max, try to steal Christmas by posing as Santa Claus. This is one of the best Christmas movies for toddlers, that has everyone humming along to the music.

The Grinch (2018)

18. Trolls Holiday (2017)

A sequel of the award-winning film Trolls, Trolls Holiday revolves around the queen of the trolls, Poppy, who sets out to instil some holiday cheer and spirit in the Bergens, who don’t have any holidays to celebrate. Watch the fun that ensues.

Trolls Holiday (2017)

19. Jingle All the Way (1996)

Get into the spirit of gift-giving by watching this movie about two fathers who race to buy their kids their favourite toy for Christmas. This is an all-time favourite that is heartwarming and funny at the same time.

Jingle All the Way (1996)

20. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Watch what happens when a snowman comes to life in this classic movie. Everyone, right from kids and adults is sure to have a great time watching this movie on Christmas eve.

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

There you have it! These top kids Christmas movies are sure to give you hours of snuggle time and bonding with your loved ones, this holiday season. So, gather some comfy blankets and pillows, get some popcorn ready, and have a Merry Christmas!

12 Amazing Indian Guinness World Records You Won’t Believe

Indian Guinness world record holders have been at the top when it comes to doing amazing things. There are a lot of names of Indians in the Guinness Book of World Records. Name any field – be it business, science, sports, technology or medicine, Indians have held records of doing exemplary work. There are some bizarre records too that Indians hold with pride. Those are incredible records and you won’t really believe that Indians claim those world records.

Unique Guinness World Records Made By Indians

Indians, diverse and colourful in their approach, have invariably been on a record-breaking spree with the thrust of being better and unusual.  Here are some amazing achievements made by Indians which are difficult to believe:

1. The Largest Laddu

The largest laddu in the traditional laddu making – boondi recipe was made by the Tapeswaram based sweet firm named Bhaktanjaneya Suruchi Firms. An individual laddu weighs 29,465 kg. This record was achieved in September 2016, by PVVS Mallikharjuna Rao of Tapeswaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. The laddu is known to be offered to one of the biggest idols in the state, at Gajuwaka. The laddu is made up of refined sugar, ghee, almonds, cashew nuts, refined oil, cardamom, and water.

2. Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand

One person who has the longest fingernails on a single hand and holds a record is Shridhar Chillal.  Born in 1938, he stopped cutting his nails since 1952. His longest nail is the thumbnail which measures 197.8 cm. He did face a lot of problems because of the weight he had to carry but still, he persevered. His wish is to have his nails preserved in a museum.

3. Most Worms Eaten Per Minute

If you meet this record holder, you will find him to be an ordinary man. What is most unbelievable about him is that he has a weird habit of eating insects and worms. This man is John Peter, whose diet comprises of earthworms and dosa for breakfast, dragonflies, dal for dinner and a midday snack of 10 or 20 lizards. He has the distinction of eating the most earthworms in a minute. As it sounds weird, it is one of the most unbelievable record set by an Indian.

4. Longest Turban in the World

An amazing record held by an Indian is Mr. Avtar Singh Mauni from Patiala, Punjab for wearing the longest turban in the world. A turban stretching almost 645 meters, weighing 100 pounds takes almost six hours to be tied on his head.

5. World’s Fastest Typing Using Nose

It is unbelievable that a person can type using his nose. Mohammed Khursheed Hussain is the one and the only person to hold the world record of typing the alphabets at the fastest speed. He has broken another record of typing a given sentence of 103 characters. The time taken was 47.44 seconds, which means he broke the previous record of 1 min 33 seconds set by another girl.

6. World’s Longest Moustache

The Guinness World record for having the longest moustache is held by a Jaipur resident, Mr. Ram Singh Chauhan. He has been toiling hard and has grown the moustaches for 32 years and it is 14 feet long.

7. World’s Shortest Woman

A lady holding dual record for being the shortest woman and the tiniest teenager alive is Ms. Jyoti Ange. She measures only 61.95 centimetres or 2 feet.

8. World’s Biggest Chapati

An Indian organization named Shree Jalaram Mandir Jirnodhar Samitee which is at Jalaram temple Jamnagar made the world’s largest chapati weighing around 63.99 kgs.

9. World’s Most Expensive Wedding

The record for the most expensive wedding is held by steel tycoon Mr. Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter, Vanisha’s wedding. The total amount spent was approximately USD 60 million in 2004. The guests were welcomed in Bollywood style by the famous actor, Shah Rukh Khan. It actually is not a surprise as Indians are known to spend lavishly during weddings.

10. Longest Solo Dance Marathon

An amazing Indian dancer Ms. Kalamandalam Hemaletha danced for about 123 hours and created a record of longest solo dance marathon at Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy.

11. World’s Largest Biryani

Indians have done amazing feats to win recognition. One such attempt was made by 60 Indian chefs who worked with pole length ladles to cook biryani using 1200 kgs of rice. It just proves that Indians are obsessed with food.

12. World’s Largest Number of Selfies Taken Together

The staff and students of Federal Institute of Science and Technology, Kochi were so taken over completely by the craze of clicking selfies that they clicked 1000 selfies in a minute. They clicked it in a group and not each which would have been worst.

It is quite an interesting thing to know about odd achievements. People try to stretch the limits beyond elasticity to establish a record. Some of our countrymen have done just that, and no matter how odd, their achievements are worth mentioning!

11 Best Stress Management Books

Stress is not an uncommon word anymore. Massive amount of stress is faced by millions of people on a daily basis. It has many negative physical side effects because of which people are compelled to search for the best stress books to understand and cope with it. Some books contain detailed explanations to avoid stress affecting the body and mind. A person who reads stress management books is able to transform the negative into positive and approaches it correctly.

Top 11 Stress Management Books

Here are some stress management books that you can pick up for a read.

1. End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain by Don Joseph Goewey

The book has a detailed description of the effects of stress on the body. The author also mentions how stress impacts the brain. The major tenet of the book is how to live peacefully while dealing with stress and its effects. The author has explained a four-step strategy to increase brainpower, eliminate anxiety and decrease stress.

2. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good At It by Kelly McGonigal

This is one of the best books on stress. In this book, the author gives the message that stress is actually good for a person as it’s the reaction to stress which makes it bad. People who approach stress positively are able to use it as a tool for growth, whereas people who worry make themselves worse.  The author states that readers would be doing a disservice to themselves if they didn’t take her points into consideration.

3. Is Stress Your Silent Killer?: How to Deal with Stress and Achieve Permanent Relief by Janet Matthews

This is a stress relief book which has a cliff note version of dealing with stress. If you’ve read many books on stress already, you may find it repetitive. The author gives an introduction to the concept of stress and explains different techniques to deal with it.

4. The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques by Margaret    Wehrenberg

The author has based her book on a simple concept. If you want the problem to be fixed, you need to first understand it. She explains the causes of anxiety and some scientific techniques that work that don’t require medication. To combat anxiety, the book offers many practical and effective tips.

5. Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness by Richard O’Connor

The psychologist author uses a down-to-earth approach and common language to explain why our modern world produces so much stress and what can be done about it. It is one of the best books on stress management at the workplace. The author advocates a mindfulness approach to life as it can make people thoughtful, alert, deliberate, kinder, patient and more tolerant.

Books on Stress Management

6. The Mayo Clinic Guide To Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood

This is one of the best stress management books by an Indian author. The author has expertise working with many stressed-out patients and so, his tips are practical and productive. This book will help you feel calm and peaceful. The author suggests avoiding too much exposure to news in order to cope with stress.

7. The Stress Management Handbook: A Practical Guide to Staying Calm, Keeping Cool, and Avoiding Blow-Ups by Eva Selhub

This handbook teaches readers how to live and speak from a place of love rather than resentment and frustration. It is a humorous and light-hearted guide to stress. People end up with resentment and frustration when they are unable to get what they want to be it love, money or recognition. The author’s words of wisdom and scientific knowledge can definitely help in transforming people’s lives for the better.

8. The Science of Stress Management: A Guide to Best Practices for Better Living by Amitava Dasgupta

Stress is inevitable and it has to be managed well. Stress is such that it can deteriorate your mind and body inside-out. This book offers an evidence-based approach to manage stress for optimum results. It goes into the depths of science to explain stress management strategies for good overall health.

9. 9 Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Stress by Stephanie Berryman

This is one of the best stress relief books which mentions practical tools to manage and reduce stress at work. It deals with the causes of stress, bad and good stress, and stress reduction. The author advises people to improve relationships and find common ground, compassion and a new respect for others. She has drawn on her personal experiences of dealing with many clients in the corporate sector.

10. Stress: Coping Techniques for Managing Stress To Help You Stop Stress Now by Melody Stressdone

If you feel that stress is knocking you down, de-stress books can tell you what to do. This book has many easy-to-follow steps to reduce fear, anxiety, and tension. You’ll be able to handle the anxiety that stems from interaction with strangers, relatives, friends, and co-workers after reading this book.

11. Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled, and Overwhelmed by Rita Emmett

This book is a combination of time management and positive psychology. The author explains very clearly that stress is often not a result of workload but inefficiency in dealing with the workload. She mentions anecdotes to illustrate and highlight the main points in the book. It gives an overview of the significance of managing one’s life and the workload properly to reduce stress.

Stress is a serious problem which reduces productivity and turns work into a dreary chore. Stress reduction can help to bring back balance into your life. The multiple tips mentioned in these books can be a perfect source of guidance.

8 Yummy Pav Recipes to Enjoy With Your Family

Pav is a small loaf of bread that is made with maida and is enjoyed all over India with a variety of dishes. If you are looking for a good pav recipe or recipes for dishes to enjoy your pav with, you are in the right place!

Lip Smacking Pav Recipes That You Must Try

Before we get into the recipes, we have for you a recipe of how to make the pav from scratch. If you’re feeling adventurous, try making your own at home!

1. Pav Recipe

Ingredients 

  • Maida, 3 – 3 ½ cups
  • Softened butter or oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Dry active yeast, ¾ tablespoon
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Warm water, 1 cup
  • Milk, for brushing

Total Cooking Time 

  • 1 hour 55 minutes

Servings 

  • 8 pavs

How to Make 

  • Mix together one cup of flour, yeast and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the water and stir it using a whisk or a spoon until the mix is thick and smooth.
  • Cover the bowl and leave the batter to rise for about 40 minutes.
  •  At the end of the 40 minutes, you will see a frothy and bubbly layer on top of the batter.
  • Add in another cup of flour, oil and salt and mix well.
  • Finally, add the last cup of flour and begin to knead the mix into a dough.
  • If your dough is still sticky, you can add in another ¼ or ½ cup of flour.
  • Continue to knead until your dough is smooth yet pliable.
  • After kneading, spread oil or butter over the surface of the dough.
  • Using a cotton cloth, cover the dough and keep it aside to leaven for about an hour.
  • Once it has risen, it will have doubled in size.
  • You must now punch the dough gently to deflate it and then mould it into a log shape.
  • Slice this log into equal parts and roll each part into a smooth and round roll.
  • Grease a baking tray and place the rolls onto it, ensuring to leave at least one inch space between them.
  • Now, cover the tray and leave the dough to rise again for around half an hour.
  • Fifteen minutes before baking the pavs, heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  • Brush the pavs with milk before placing the tray in the oven.
  • Once in the oven, bake for half an hour or until the tops are golden and hollow.
  • Remove them from the oven and move them to a cooling rack to prevent them from getting soggy.
  • Your pavs are ready!
fresh pav

Now that you know how pav is made, here are some pav dishes that you must try making for the family. They are sure to be a hit!

2. Masala Pav

Best had during tea time with a steaming cup of chai, this masala pav recipe is simple and is a taste of Mumbai street food.

Ingredients 

  • Butter, 2 tablespoons
  • Red onion, 1, chopped
  • Tomatoes, 2, chopped
  • Green pepper, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Red pepper, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Ginger, ½ inch
  • Garlic, 3-4 cloves
  • Green chilli, 1
  • Pav bhaji masala, 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon
  • Red Kashmiri chilli powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Kasuri methi, 1 teaspoon, crushed
  • Coriander, 3 tablespoons, chopped
  • Lemon juice, 1-2 teaspoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, ½ cup
  • 4-5 pavs
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon

Total Cooking Time

  • 25 minutes

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make

  • Place a pan on the stove and heat butter in it.
  • Once it has melted, add in the cumin seeds and wait for them to crackle.
  • With a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic, ginger and chilli together.
  •  Add them into the pan and sauté till they start to change colour.
  •  Add the onions into the pan and sauté till they start to become translucent.
  •  Add the tomatoes, mix well and cook for about two minutes.
  •  Add the salt, red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala and sauté well for a minute.
  • Add the red and green peppers along with the kasuri methi and sauté.
  •  Add ½ cup of water and cook on medium low to low heat for around 10 minutes.
  • The masala mix should be moist but not runny.
  •  Add the lemon juice and coriander.
  • In another pan, heat butter and sprinkle in some kasuri methi. Toast the pavs on it.
  • Put the masala on the toasted pavs and garnish with some sliced onions.

3. Pav With Goan Potato Gravy

This dish is spicy and tangy, and is the perfect accompaniment for pavs.

Ingredients 

  • Potatoes, 4 cups, peeled, chopped and par-boiled
  • Tomato pulp, 1 cup
  • Oil, 1 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Onions, 2, medium sized, whole, unpeeled
  • Oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Poppy seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon sticks, 2
  • Cloves, 3
  • Black peppercorns, 4
  • Whole coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Dry Kashmiri red chillies, 3, broken
  • Grated coconut, ¾ cup
  • Garlic, 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Pavs, 4

Total Cooking Time

  • One hour

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make

  • Roast onions over an open flame.
  • Once they have turned black, allow them to cool before peeling and chopping them.
  • Heat oil in a pan and sauté together the poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, red chillies and coriander seeds.
  • Add the coconut into the mix and sauté for another three minutes.
  • Allow the mix to cool and then blend it into a paste using half a cup of water. Keep this aside.
  • In a kadai, sauté the potatoes in oil for about 5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Add the prepared paste, one cup of water, and salt.
  • Mix well, cover and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • It is ready to be serves with pavs.
pav with goan potato curry

4. Pav Usal

This usal pav recipe is simple and tasty.

Ingredients 

  • Dried white or yellow peas, 1 cup, soaked for 8 hours
  • Tamarind water, 1 cup
  • Onion, 1, finely chopped
  • Garlic, 4 cloves, finely chopped
  • Green chillies, 2, finely chopped
  • Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing), 1 pinch
  • Red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala, 2 teaspoons
  • Curry leaves, 1 sprig
  • Coriander leaves, 1 sprig
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil
  • Pavs, 8

Total Cooking Time

  • 50 minutes

Servings 

  • Serves 4

How to Make

  • Pressure cook the soaked peas for five whistles and then set aside to allow the steam to come out naturally.
  • Heat oil in a dish and add mustard seeds.
  • Once they begin to pop, add the hing and curry leaves.
  • Add the garlic and sauté until the colour begins to change.
  • Then add the onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes to the dish along with the tamarind water.
  • Simmer for ten minutes.
  • Pour in the cooked peas, garam masala, salt and chilli powder.
  • Mix everything well, cover and simmer on low for twenty minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and garnish with coriander before serving with pav.

5. Chatpata Pav Recipe

Similar to the famous pav bhaji, this is a faster way to get similar flavours.

Ingredients

  • Pavs, 6
  • Butter, 6 teaspoons for pav, 2 tablespoons for masala
  • Onions, ¾ cup, finely chopped
  • Capsicum, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Garlic, ½ teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes, 1 cup, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Chilli powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Black salt, ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala, ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander, 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • Lemon wedges

Total Cooking Time 

  • Half an hour

Servings

  • Serves 6

How to Make 

  • Heat butter in a pan and then add the onions and capsicum.
  • Sauté the ingredients until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and water. Mix well and cook for two minutes on low heat, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add in the garam masala and the black salt and mix well.
  • Stir occasionally as it cooks for about a minute on low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and divide the masala into six parts.
  • Heat a teaspoon of butter in a pan and take one portion of the masala mix.
  • Sauté this for a few seconds.
  • Slit a pav open and place it on the masala on the pan. Ensure the masala is spread evenly on the pav.
  • Cook for a minute before removing from heat.
  • Cook the rest of the pavs with the masala in the same way.
  • Garnish them with coriander and lemon wedges.
chatpata pav recipe

6. Pav Bhaji

Here is an easy pav bhaji recipe.

Ingredients 

  • Vegetable oil, ½ cup
  • Garlic, 2 teaspoons, chopped
  • Green chilli peppers, 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Onions, 1 cup, chopped
  • Fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons, grated
  • Tomatoes, 1 cup, chopped
  • Green peas, 1 cup
  • Carrots, 1 cup, grated
  • Potatoes, 4, boiled and mashed
  • Pav bhaji masala, 3 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • Pavs
  • Butter, ½ tablespoon
  • Onion, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Green chilli peppers, 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
  • Fresh coriander, ¼ cup, finely chopped

Total Cooking Time 

  • 50 minutes

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make 

  • Heat oil in a dish on medium heat.
  • Sauté the green chillies and garlic for a few seconds.
  • Add the onions and ginger and sauté until the onions have browned.
  •  Add the tomatoes, mix and cook until it turns pasty.
  •  Add the carrots, peas and potatoes.
  • Add the pav bhaji masala and mix well.
  • Cover the dish and cook for fifteen minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add salt and lemon juice and mix.
  • Toast the pavs with butter and serve with the bhaji garnished with coriander, onions and green chillies.

7. Vada Pav

This vada pav recipe will have you feeling like you are walking the streets of Mumbai.

Ingredients 

  • Pavs, 8
  • Dry garlic chutney
  • Potatoes, 1 ½ cup, boiled and mashed
  • Green chillies, 2, chopped
  • Garlic, 1 ½ tablespoons, grated
  • Ginger, 2 teaspoons, roughly chopped
  • Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Hing, ¼ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves, 8
  • Turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Besan, ¾ cup
  • Turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Baking powder, a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry

Total Cooking Time 

  • 40 minutes

Servings 

  • Serves 8

How to Make 

  • Using a mortar and pestle, grind the ginger and garlic together with the green chillies.
  • Heat oil in a dish and add mustard seeds.
  • Once they start crackling, add the hing and curry leaves and sauté for a few minutes.
  •  Add the garlic, ginger and chilli paste and sauté for another few seconds.
  •  Add potatoes, salt and turmeric powder and mix everything together well.
  • Remove this from the fire and let it cool.
  • Divide it into 8 parts and shape into balls.
  • For the outer covering, mix the besan, turmeric powder, baking soda, oil and salt together.
  •  Add around 1/3 cup of water to make a batter.
  • Dip the vada mixture into the batter and coat it well.
  • Gently put it into the oil and fry until golden brown in colour.
  • Drain it on paper towels and keep it aside. Do the same for all vadas.
  • Slice each pav and spread the dry garlic chutney onto it.
  • Place one of the vadas inside and serve.
vada pav

8. Misal Pav

Delicious sprouts and tangy tomatoes bring the flavour in this misal pav recipe.

Ingredients

For Misal Masala

  • Onions, ¼ cup, thinly sliced
  • Oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Dry coconut, ¼ cup, grated
  • Coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Cloves, 3
  • Peppercorns, 3
  • Cinnamon stick, 25mm
  • Dry Kashmiri red chillies, 2
  • Garlic, 3 cloves

For Misal

  • Oil, 3 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
  • Onions, ¼ cup, finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Sprouted matki, ½ cup
  • Sprouted safed vatana, ½ cup
  • Sprouted moong, ½ cup
  • Sprouted chawli, 2 tablespoons
  • Chilli powder, 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Coriander, 2 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste

To Serve With

  • Mixed farsan, ½ cup
  • Potatoes, 8 tablespoons
  • Chopped onions, ½ cup
  • Coriander, 4 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • Pavs, 8
  • Lemon wedges, 4

Total Cook Time

  • 40 minutes

Servings

  • Serves 4

How to Make

For Misal Masala

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the onions along with the grated coconut. Sauté until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and sauté the mix for about five minutes.
  • Take this off the heat and rest.
  • Once it has cooled, blend into a powder.

For Misal

  • In a pressure cooker, heat some oil and toss in the cumin seeds.
  • Once they start to crackle, it’s time to add the onions and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add the misal masala and sauté for another minute.
  • Add the turmeric powder, tomatoes and water and cook well for three minutes, stirring in between.
  • Add the safed vatana, matki, chawli sprouts and moong and mix everything well.
  • Add salt and two cups of hot water.
  • Mix and pressure cook for three whistles.
  • After the steam has released, open the lid.
  • Add ½ cup water, chilli powder and coriander. Mix this well.
  • Simmer for another five minutes and stir occasionally.

To Make Misal Pav

  • Put ¼ of the misal in a bowl.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons of batata poha, 2 tablespoons of mixed farsaan, 1 tablespoon coriander, 2 tablespoons onions and serve with pav.
  • Do the same for the remaining ingredients.

The above pav recipes are easy and delicious and will be a wonderful treat that you can enjoy with the family, so spoil your family by trying a few of them!

10 Delicious Rajasthani Dishes That You Shouldn’t Miss

India is a land of varied cultures and traditions, and the royal state of Rajasthan has always mesmerised us with its vast heritage, golden deserts and majestic forts. However, this colourful state also has much to offer when it comes to mouth-watering delicacies. People from Rajasthan like to enjoy their food, and that reflects in their cuisine. Rajasthani cuisine has been influenced by the warrior-lifestyle of the state’s early inhabitants, and also by the scarcity of fresh vegetables and water in the desert region. Rajasthani food remains unspoiled for days, and many of the dishes can be eaten without heating.

If you wish to learn some delicious and lip-smacking Rajasthani recipes that will make your family drool, we suggest you to read on!

10 Popular Rajasthani Dishes With Recipes

Here are some popular Rajasthani recipes that you can try at home!

1. Laal Maas

One of the most famous and loved meat recipes of Rajasthan is Laal Maas. This hot and spicy mutton gravy can be had with rice or roti.

Laal Maas

Ingredients:

  • Lamb meat – 1 kg, cut into medium-sized pieces
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Onions – 3-4,  thinly sliced
  • Thick yoghurt – 1 cup
  • Green cardamom – 3-4
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Cinnamon stick – 1
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 4-5 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Garam masala powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Ghee – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoons

Preparation Time:

15 to 20 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

1 hour 20 minutes

Serving:

7 to 8

Method:

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and add cardamom, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add onions, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, yoghurt, mutton pieces and salt. Cover and cook until mutton becomes tender.
  • Add chilli powder and coriander powder. Cook until oil separates from the masala.
  • Add garam masala, one cup water and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with fragrant coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with boiled rice or any Indian bread.

2. Gatte ki Sabzi

One of our favourite vegetarian Rajasthani recipes is Gatte ki Sabzi. This recipe involves making soft gram flour dumplings dipped in a curd based gravy.

Gatte ki Sabzi

Ingredients:

For the Gattas:

  • Gram flour – 1 cup
  • Curd – 1-2 tablespoons
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Dhania powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch, finely chopped
  • Oil for frying

For the Gravy:

  • Curd – 1 cup, whisked
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Green chilli – 1, slit
  • Dried red chillies – 4-5
  • Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves – 10
  • Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic cloves – 6-7, chopped
  • Hing – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • A handful of coriander leaves, chopped

Preparation Time:

10 to 12 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

40 to 45 minutes

Serving:

4 to 5

Method:

  • In a bowl, take gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric powder, dhania powder, hing, cumin powder and salt. Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add curd, oil and baking soda to make a soft dough.
  • Roll the dough into long thin strips.
  • Boil these in water for 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove from water, and cut the strips into smaller pieces.
  • Heat oil in a wok, deep fry the gattas until crispy. Keep aside.
  • Heat ghee in a separate pan, and add cumin seeds and chillies. Cook for a minute.
  • Add onion and sauté well.
  • Add cloves and garlic and mix. Throw in all the powdered spices and sauté for a minute.
  • Add salt and curd. As the oil begins to separate, add gattas. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with any Indian bread or rice.

3. Mirchi Vada

This is a famous street food option that the locals usually relish with evening tea.

Mirchi Vada

Ingredients:

  • Large green chillies – 10-12
  • Gram flour – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Oil for deep frying

Vada Filling:

  • Boiled potatoes – 5-6
  • Fennel powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Green chillies – 2, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time:

10 to 15 min

Total Cooking Time:

30 to 35 min

Serving:

4 to 5

Method:

  • Slit the chillies from the centre and discard the seeds.
  • Mash the boiled potatoes and mix salt, chilli powder, mango powder, asafoetida, fennel powder, coriander powder and salt into it.
  • Put the potato filling into the chillies.
  • In a separate bowl, mix gram flour, salt and water to make a smooth and thick paste.
  • Dip the chillies in it.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Fry the green chillies one by one until they turn golden and crispy.
  • Serve with the imli chutney and mint chutney.

4. Pyaaz ki Kachori

When it comes to Rajasthani food recipes, Pyaaz ki Kachori is something that cannot be missed!

Pyaaz ki Kachori

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • Refined flour – 1 1/2 cup
  • Melted ghee – 4-5 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Baking powder – 3/4 teaspoon

For the Filling:

  • Onions – 4-5, chopped
  • Green chillies – 2, chopped
  • Kalonji – 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoons
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Chilli powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Gram flour – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Oil for frying

Preparation Time:

15 to 20 min

Total Cooking Time:

30 to 35 min

Serving:

6-8

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients required for the dough, and knead for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add kalonji, fennel seeds and bay leaves, and sauté for a minute.
  • Add onion and green chillies, and sauté for two to three minutes.
  • Add chilli powder, gram flour, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Cook for two minutes. Turn off heat and let it cool.
  • Make 8 to 10 portions of the dough. Roll and place the filling. Seal the ends.
  • Deep fry on medium heat until they turn crisp.
  • Serve with Lehsun ki Chutney.

5. Lehsun ki Chutney

Rajasthani food is incomplete without this yummy chutney. It can be savoured with snacks as well as meals.

Lehsun ki Chutney
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Whole dry red chillies – 8-10, soaked in warm water for 15 to 20 min
  • Whole garlic – 2, cleaned and peeled
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time:

20 min

Total Cooking Time:

30-35 min

Serving:

4-5

Method:

  • Put garlic cloves and dry red chillies in a blender and churn into a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Let the fenugreek and mustard seeds crackle.
  • Add the prepared chilli-garlic paste, salt, sugar and water. Cook till oil floats on the surface.
  • Serve with parantha, snacks or meals.

Note: Store the chutney in a clean jar glass and use it for a week to 10 days.

6. Baati

This is a type of Rajasthani bread that is round and firm and can be relished with dal and other gravy recipes.

Baati

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour – 3 cups
  • Ghee – 1 cup
  • Sooji – 1 cup
  • Warm water – 1 1/4 cup
  • Salt as required

Preparation Time:

15 mins

Total Cooking Time:

1 hour

Serving:

10 to 12

Method:

  • Mix flour, soojighee, salt and water to make a soft dough.
  • Let it sit for 25-30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 10 to 12 equal parts and make small balls.
  • Brush some ghee on them.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Break the hot baatis and pour ghee on them before serving.

7. Churma

Churma is a Rajasthani sweet dish that tastes absolutely divine.

Churma

Ingredients:

  • Flour – 2 cups
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Grated jaggery – 1 cup
  • Mixed nuts (almonds, pistachio and cashew nuts) – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Preparation Time:

10 to 15 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

25 to 30 minutes

Serving:

4 to 5

Method:

  • Take flour and add ghee; mix well. Add water to make a stiff dough.
  • Make thick round and crispy chapatis.
  • Cool the chapatis and grind them in a blender until they become a fine powder.
  • In a pan, put the powdered chapatis, jaggery and ghee, and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Garnish with mixed nuts. Serve hot.

8. Kesar Murg

Kesar Murg is chicken dipped in thick creamy gravy. Cashew nut paste adds a rich texture to this chicken recipe.

Kesar Murg
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Boneless chicken – 500 gms
  • Onion paste – 1 cup
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Cashew nuts  – 1/4 cup, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and blended into a fine paste
  • ½ cup
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Green cardamom – 8-10
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon, soaked in some milk
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

Preparation Time:

10 to 15 minutes

Total Cooking Time:

35 to 40 minutes

Serving:

3 to 4

Method:

  • Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, add bay leaves and cardamom, and cook for a minute.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and onion paste, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add coriander powder and cashew nut paste and cook for a few minutes.
  • Put chicken and saffron into the pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5-6 minutes.
  • At this juncture, add salt, beaten curd and chilli powder and wait until the chicken gets well-cooked.
  • Add cream, and mix well. Remove from heat, and serve hot with naan or parantha.

9. Bajra Rotla/Bajre ki Roti

This Rajasthani bread can be relished with any gravy or chutney.

Bajra Rotla

Ingredients:

  • Bajra flour – 2 cups
  • Onions – 2, chopped
  • Potatoes – 2-3, boiled and mashed
  • Green chilli-garlic-ginger paste – 2 teaspoons
  • Dried mango powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Chopped green coriander – 1/2 cup
  • Grated fresh coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

Preparation Time:

10 mins

Total Cooking Time:

20 mins

Serving:

3-4

Method:

  • Take a large bowl, and mix all the ingredients to form a soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into 6 to 8 small portions and roll out each to make a chapati.
  • Heat a flat pan and cook these chapatis one by one using ghee to make them crispy.
  • Serve hot with any gravy or chutney.

Note: Use warm water to make a softer dough.

10. Papad ki Sabzi

This traditional Rajasthani recipe can be instantly prepared with papads, curd and tomatoes. Let’s check it out!

Papad ki Sabzi
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Papads – 5-6
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Chopped ginger – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli -1, chopped
  • Kasuri methi – 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chopped green coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 teaspoons

Preparation Time:

10 mins

Total Cooking Time:

10 to 15 minutes

Serving:

3-4

Method:

  • Roast papads in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Alternatively, you can deep fry the papads.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and sauté until they turn brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and kasuri methi and sauté for a while.
  • Add tomatoes, green chillies, ginger and red chilli powder. Cook until the masala separates from the oil.
  • Add water and cook on low heat for a few minutes.
  • Once the gravy starts thickening, add curd, salt and coriander leaves.
  • Take papads and break them into small pieces. Add them to the gravy and cook for a minute or two.
  • Relish with hot paranthas or rotis.

Note: Curd should be at room temperature or else it will coagulate.

If you’re bored of having the same meals over and over again, try out these easy-to-make delicious Rajasthani recipes. These scrumptious dishes are sure to become the favourites of your family members and loved ones!

11 Best Dal (Indian Lentils) Recipes You Must Try

Indian cuisine is much like its culture – varied. Different recipes can be prepared using one common ingredient. Dal is one of the most famous ingredients used in our cuisine, and there is a huge variety of recipes to choose from. From the bright yellow chana dal to tasty moong dal, here is a selection of the best dal recipes from every state of the country.

Easy and Healthy Dal Recipes You Can Make at Home

We all have eaten dal, but may not know how to exactly make it. Here are some easy dal-based recipes for you to try:

1.  Moong Dal Dosa

Healthy and easy, this moong dal recipe is bound to be a hit with your family.

Moong Dal

Ingredients:

  • Moong dal – 2 cups
  • Urad dal – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Salt – two teaspoons

Total Cook Time:

6 hours

Servings:

Serves Four

Method:

  • Soak moong dal and urad dal in water and keep in a cool place to ferment for at least three hours. If you have the time, leave it to soak overnight.
  • Blend the ingredients together until they reach a batter-like consistency.
  • Leave aside to rise for a couple of hours.
  • In a pan, fry the dosas with oil or ghee until crisp.
  • Serve with chutney or sambar.

2.  Dal Tadka

Here is a dal recipe made in restaurant style.

Dal Tadka

Ingredients:

  • Arhar dal – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 2, split lengthwise
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Tomato – 2, chopped
  • Ginger – ½ inch, grated
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – ½ teaspoon
  • Water – 2 ½ cups
  • Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon, crushed
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • Ghee – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic cloves – 6, finely chopped
  • Dry red chillies – 3
  • Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon

Total Cook Time: 

30 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Rinse and then add the dal to a pressure cooker with the chopped tomatoes, onions, green chillies, ginger, turmeric and asafoetida and 2 ½ cups water.
  • Mix everything well and then pressure cook for 8 whistles.
  • Mash the dal well until you have a creamy but not too thick consistency.
  • Let the dal simmer for about five minutes.
  • Add the kasuri methigaram masala powder, coriander and salt.
  • Mix well and remove from heat.
  • In a small pan, heat some ghee. Add some cumin seeds until they begin to crackle.
  • Add the red chillies, chopped garlic and asafoetida.
  • Once the garlic turns brown, add the chilli powder and mix well.
  • Pour the tempering onto dal and cover.

3.  Dal Fry

Here is a simple Dal Fry recipe.

Dal Fry

Ingredients:

  • Yellow moong dal – ¼ cup, soaked for two hours then drained
  • Masoor dal – 1 cup, soaked for two hours then drained
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Garlic – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Salt
  • Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  • Mustard seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Kalonji (Nigella seeds) – ½ teaspoon
  • Kashmiri red chilli – 1 whole
  • Onions – ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Tomatoes – ½ cup finely chopped
  • Coriander – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Total Cook Time:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Put the dal, green chillies, turmeric powder, garlic, ginger, salt and 2 ½ cups of water in a pressure cooker.
  • Mix and cook for two whistles.
  • Heat ghee and add dry red chilly, mustard seeds and nigella seeds and sauté until they turn fragrant.
  • Add onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes along with a quarter cup of water and cook for a few minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the cooked dal mixture with ¼ cup of water and mix.
  • Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir it now and then.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve.

4.  Dal Makhani

Here is a Punjabi Dal Makhani recipe for you.

Dal Makhani

Ingredients:

  • Whole urad dal – ¾ cup, soaked overnight
  • Rajma – ¼ cup, soaked overnight
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Onion – 1, finely chopped
  • Green chillies – 2, finely chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 2 teaspoons
  • Tomato puree – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Cloves – 3
  • Green cardamom – 3
  • Black cardamom – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch
  • Indian bay leaf – 1
  • Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Nutmeg – 3 pinches, grated or powder
  • Cream – ¼ cup
  • Kasturi methi – ¼ teaspoon
  • Butter – 3 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste

Total Cook Time:

1 hour

Servings:

Serves 4

Method:

  • Add the soaked and rinsed dal to a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water.
  • Stir everything together well.
  • Pressure cook for about 18 whistles. If not yet cooked, cook for five more whistles after adding ½ cup water.
  • Heat butter in a pan and add the whole spices. Sauté till they become fragrant.
  • Add the onions and sauté till they’re translucent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add green chillies and sauté.
  • Add tomato puree and stir.
  • Add nutmeg and chilli powder. Cook this mixture till you see the fat begin to separate.
  • Add the rajma beans and urad dal.
  • Cook everything on low flame for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cream and mix well.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and cream.

5.  Chana Dal Chutney

This delicious Chana Dal Chutney goes well with dosaidli and even as a side dish for your main course.

Chana Dal Chutney

Ingredients:

  • Split Bengal gram – 2 tablespoons
  • Red chillies – 3
  • Salt – 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin – ½ teaspoon
  • Oil – 2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Green chilli – 1
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Curd – ½ cup
  • Pepper – ½ teaspoon

Total Cook Time:

15 minutes

Servings:  

Serves four

Method:

  • In a frying pan, heat some oil and fry the red chillies, cumin and split Bengal gram till you get a fragrance. Set aside to cool.
  • Put the ingredients in a blender along with pepper, asafoetida and salt, and blend well.
  • Add curd to the mix.
  • For the tempering, heat oil in a pan and fry mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies together and then pour into the chutney.
  • Mix everything together well and serve with dosaidli or even with piping hot rice and a teaspoon of ghee for a yummy rice dish!

6.  Dal Dhokli

This Indian dal recipe originated in Gujarat and is known for its incredible flavour.

Dal Dhokli
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Green moong dal – ½ cup
  • Red chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry leaves – 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves – ½ tablespoon, chopped
  • Turmeric – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Bay leaf – ½
  • Asafoetida – 1 pinch
  • Refined oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Wheat flour – ¼ cup

Total Cook Time:

1 hour

Servings:

Serves two

Method:

  • In a large bowl, mix cumin powder, turmeric, chopped coriander, salt, oil and wheat flour.
  • Add just enough water to knead the mix into a dough.
  • Make small balls and roll them out in the same way you would a chapati.
  • Cut out each piece into a square.
  • Take a wide dish and fill it with water.
  • Bring the water to boil and then add the dhokli pieces one by one.
  • Once the dhoklis begin to soften, take them out and keep them separately.
  • Pressure cook the dal with 1 cup of water.
  • Add oil and ghee to a pan and add bay leaf, cumin seeds, curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida to it.
  • Sauté for a few seconds and then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder to the spices.
  • Mix well.
  • Quickly add this tempering to the dal along with some salt and let it cook for a few minutes
  • Add the dhokli towards the end of cooking, giving them only about a minute or two on the heat.

7.  Pancharatna Dal

Of all the dal recipes, only this one includes the goodness of five types of lentils.

Pancharatna Dal
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Whole urad dal – ¼ cup
  • Chana dal – ¼ cup
  • Moong dal – ¼ cup
  • Masoor dal – ¼ cup
  • Tuvar dal – ¼ cup
  • Onions – 2, fine chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Coriander – 2 sprigs, fine chopped
  • Salt to taste

Total Cook Time:

1 hour, 15 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Leave the lentils to soak for at least two hours before you start making the dish.
  • Once they have thoroughly soaked, add them to a pressure cooker and cook for four whistles.
  • Add oil to a pan and let it heat.
  • Add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  • As the cumin begins to turn brown, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté once again.
  • Add the green chillies, tomatoes and coriander powder.
  • Once the oil begins to separate, add the dal, whisking a bit before pouring.
  • Mix well and allow it to cook on low flame for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.

8.  Methi Palak Dal

This recipeuses moong dal and spinach.

Dal Palak
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Moong dal – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ teaspoon
  • Curry leaves – 4
  • Onion – ½ , chopped
  • Green chillies – 3, chopped
  • Garlic – 2 pods
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric – ¼ teaspoon
  • Chilli powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Fenugreek leaves – 1 cup, chopped
  • Spinach – 1 cup, chopped
  • Lime juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 1 cup

Total Cook Time:

1/2 hour

Servings:

Serves two

Method:

  • Cook dal in a pressure cooker with half a cup of water. Three whistles should be enough.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • When the seeds start to pop, add green chillies and cook till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add garlic and fenugreek leaves and cook until leaves wilt.
  • Add chilli powder, turmeric and salt, and stir well.
  • Next, add spinach and cook till the leaves wilt.
  • Mash dal and add it to the mixture.
  • After mixing well, add a cup of water and let it cook for about ten minutes.
  • Add lime juice and stir well.
  • Cover and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

9.  Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

This spicy lentils recipe is the Hyderabadi version of Khatti Dal.

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

Ingredients:

  • Dhuli masoor dal – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies – 3, split into halves
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic – 6 cloves, crushed
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Dry red chillies – 3
  • Curry leaves – 12
  • Coriander – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Total Cook Time:

40 minutes

Servings:

Serves four

Method:

  • Add dal to a pressure cooker with salt, tomato, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, green chillies and red chilli powder.
  • Cook for three whistles on low heat.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once all the steam has been released, open the lid. Add tamarind pulp and mix.
  • Heat oil in a small pan to make the tempering.
  • Add garlic and let it fry till golden brown.
  • Add mustard and cumin seeds and wait for them to pop.
  • Add this to the dal and sprinkle coriander as garnish. Serve with rice and sabji.

10.  Dal Mughlai

This recipe tells you how to make tasty dal in a style that originated in the royal kitchens.

Dal Mughlai
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Tuvar dal – ¾ cup
  • Chana dal – ¼ cup
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, chopped
  • Bottle gourd – 2 cups, cubed
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic – ½ teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Green chillies – 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated
  • Onions – ¾ cup, sliced
  • Coriander – 2 tablespoons, fine chopped

Total Cook Time:

Forty minutes

Servings:

Serves six

Method:

  • After washing, allow the dal to soak for at least half an hour and then drain.
  • Add bottle gourd, tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt, 3 cups of water and dal to a pressure cooker.
  • Cook for three whistles.
  • Once the steam has escaped, remove the lid and whisk the dal.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them pop.
  • Now add green chillies, garlic, onions and ginger and sauté until onions are golden brown.
  • Add the dal, salt and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Mix well. Garnish with coriander and serve.

11.  Dal Bharta

Rich with spices, this dish is bound to impress.

Dal Bharta
Source: Pinterest

Ingredients:

  • Tuvar dal – 2 cups
  • Onion – ¼
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1-inch stick,
  • Black peppercorn – 6
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  • Tomatoes – 2, chopped
  • Cashew nut paste – 3 tablespoons
  • Yoghurt – 3 tablespoons, whisked
  • Fresh cream – 2 tablespoons
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander – 2 sprigs, finely chopped

Total Cook Time:

40 minutes

Servings:

Serves eight

Method:

  • Boil the dal with onion, garlic cloves, cinnamon sticks, black pepper, bay leaf and salt.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and salt.
  • Sauté till the onions turn golden brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add tomatoes and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Cover and cook until tomatoes turn soft.
  • In a bowl, add powdered spices and make a paste of it using water.
  • Once the tomatoes have softened, pour in the masala paste and cook till the mix is dry.
  • Add the dal and sauté well till it has completely blended with the spices.
  • Add cashew paste and yoghurt and mix well with one cup of water.
  • Add cream and butter, and allow everything to cook till it is creamy in texture.
  • Turn off the heat. Garnish with eggs and coriander.

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions:

1. How Much Time Does It Take for Dal to Boil?

Dal can take a long time to boil if not soaked for a minimum of one to two hours. Dals like tuvar dalmoong dal and split Bengal gram will boil in 30 minutes while dals like chana dal and rajma need to be boiled for 40 minutes. If you’re using a pressure cooker, the time taken will be about 15 minutes.

2. How Long Does Dal Last in the Fridge?

Cooked dal can be kept in the fridge for about four to five days without it going bad.

3. How Can I Make Dal Thicker?

You can thicken dal by using cream, coconut milk, tomato paste or stock. You can also allow the dal to cook for longer until enough water evaporates, bringing the dal to the consistency you desire. Mashing the dal also thickens it and gives it a creamier texture.

4. What Happens If I Don’t Soak Dal?

While not all lentils need to be soaked, lentils like beans are better after a good soaking. This is because soaking helps to speed up the cooking time as well as eliminate gas. If you do not soak lentils, you will need to waste a lot more gas or electricity to cook it, or may end up with uncooked dal.

Adding dal to your diet is beneficial as they are rich in protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins. So, get into your kitchen and give something a shot. You will be healthier and happier for it. Your taste buds will thank you too.

4 Traditional Kerala Snacks

We all like to eat chips and other fried foods but we are also aware that fried snacks are not good for us. How about you try some traditional healthy snacks? Traditional snacks are tasty too. It may not be as other ready-made snacks. Read this blog post to learn the recipes of different types of traditional Kerala snacks (sweet, salty, and spicy). Your children will love these.

1. Unniyappam

Uniyappam

Ingredients

  • Rice flour – 2 cups
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Bananas – 2
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Black sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut  pieces – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut oil for frying (you can use any oil available in your kitchen)
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste

How to Make

  • Dry roast the rice flour over medium flame for about 3-4 minutes and keep aside.
  • Melt the jaggery in 1/4th cup of water.
  • Slice the bananas.
  • Heat some ghee in a pan and fry the banana slices for 5 minutes. Let them cool then grind to get a smooth paste.
  • Take the roasted rice flour in a bowl and add the melted jaggery to it. Mix well. Add the banana mixture to it and mix again.
  • Add the coconut pieces to the mixture.
  • Add the cardamom powder, cumin seeds, black sesame seeds, and salt, and mix well. The mixture should look like a cake batter.
  • Add some water if needed and make a smooth mixture.
  •  Cover the bowl with a plate and let the batter sit for an hour.
  • Now take the paniyaram pan and apply some oil.
  • Heat the pan and pour the batter in each hole.
  • Cook it over medium flame. When they start turning golden brown, flip it and let them cook from the other side as well. Serve hot.

2. Kozhukatta

Kozhukatta

Ingredients 

  • Rice flour – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 3/4th cup
  • Ghee – 3 tablespoons
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

How to Make

  • Boil half a cup of water.
  • Let it cool then add the rice flour to it. Make a soft dough and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan and add ghee to it.
  • Add the grated jaggery to the pan and let it melt. Then add the grated coconut.
  • Sauté the coconut and jaggery mixture for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cardamom powder and salt and mix well.
  • Grease your palm with ghee.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll it out to make a small circle.
  • Take 1 spoon of jaggery and coconut mixture and place it in the centre of the rolled out dough.
  • Take the edges of the rolled out dough and bind it.
  • Repeat the above three steps to make more kozhukatta.
  • Steam the kozhukatta for about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm.

3. Banana Chips

Banana chips

Ingredients 

  • Raw bananas (plantains) – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

How to Make

  • Peel the skin of the bananas with the help of a knife.
  • Slice the peeled bananas. The slices should be very thin.
  • Take 1 cup of water in a bowl and add the turmeric powder to it.
  • Add sliced bananas to a bowl and soak them in water for 15 minutes.
  • Pour them to a colander and let them dry.
  • Then take a towel or cloth then spread the banana slices for absorbing extra water
  • Meanwhile, heat some oil in a pan.
  • Once the banana slices dry, fry them in the oil until they turn crispy.
  • Place these chips on the kitchen towel to get rid of the excess oil from the banana chips.
  • Sprinkle salt on the chips and enjoy.

4. Sweet Poha

Ingredients 

  • Beaten rice (rice poha) – 2 cups
  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Cashew nuts and raisins – 100 grams

How to make 

  • Melt the jaggery in 1/4th cup of water.
  • Add the grated coconut to the jaggery mix.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  • Add the cardamom powder, cumin powder, and salt and mix well. Keep aside and let it cool.
  • Dry roast the poha for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix poha to the jaggery and coconut mix.
  • Heat a pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee to it and roast cashew nuts and raisins.
  • Add the dry roasted cashews and raisins to the poha mixture and mix well. Then enjoy.

Make these yummy snacks for your family and enjoy with your kids.

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