Friday, August 27, 2010



Toor Daal – 1 1/2 cups (washed and soaked for at least 20 minutes)
Water – 4 1/2 cups for pressure cooking
Raw Peanuts – 1/4 cup
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/8 tsp
Salt – to taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Water – approx 4 cups for thinning daal or to desired consistency
Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Dry mango pieces ( amchur powder)  – 3 to 4
Green Chilies – 2 or to taste, finely chopped
Tomato – 1 medium, diced
Jaggery or sugar  – 3 Tbsp or to taste
Dry Mango Powder (Amchur) – 1 tsp
Ginger – 2 tsp, grated
Lemon/Lime Juice – 1 Tbsp or to taste
Cilantro (Coriander) – 5 sprigs, finely chopped for garnishing


Oil – 2 tsp
Ghee (Clarified Butter) – 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds – 1/8 tsp
Asofoetida (Hing) – pinch
Whole Dried Red Chili – 1
Whole Cloves – 4
Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig

1.  Soak  Toor Daal  for 20 mins in water.

2. Add to a pressure cooker with Water, Fenugreek Seeds, Salt, Peanuts and Turmeric Powder.

3.  Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles, switch off stove and allow pressure to go down.
4.  Open pressure cooker and switch stove back on to medium heat.

5. Mix the dal nicely with the help of whisk.(donot mash it completely)

6. Chop green chillies  finely.

7. Add them to the mashed dal.

8.  Add Red Chili Powder.

9. Add  Cumin Powder, and  Coriander Powder. 

10. Now add  Garam Masala .

11. Add dry mango pieces if you have or else ou can substitue dry mango powder.( i used dry mango powder).

12. Mix well nicely.

13.  Mix well and add up to 4 cups of additional water (a little at a time) to get desired consistency.

14. Add chopped tomato pieces to the dal.

15.  Allow daal to boil for 10 minutes minimum (longer boiling will improve flavor).
16.  For the seasoning, heat Oil/Ghee in a small skillet.

17.  Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.

18.  Add Cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle for a few seconds.

19.  Add Fenugreek Seeds.

20. Take cloves , cinnamon.

21. Add whole Cloves, Cinnamon Stick.

22. Now add whole dry red chillies.
23. Add  Curry Leaves.

24. Mix briefly and add seasoning to the boiling daal.

25. Add Lemon/Lime juice and/or Dry mango powder to desired tartness.

26.  Adjust sweetness (jaggery), salt or any other spices as needed.
27.  Garnish with coriander leaves .

28. And serve hot with plain white rice or roti.



  1. First time hv a lovely space..enjoying it..coming back to the dal, its such a comfort food to me...your dal prepn is slightly different than what I used those raw mangoes in it...yummmo yummm

  2. Fabulous looking daal, very tempting..

  3. Dear Viju
    How are you? These days I am neither writing or reading blogs...but cant stop visiting ...
    I like this recipe and will make soon...Most Bongs like Gujarati dishes because of the sweet note in almost all dishes. The photo featuring is awesome
    Have a nice week ahead

  4. wow looks delicious. never tried daal with mango powder. will try soon

  5. Dal is a comfort food for me... looks delicious!

  6. Thanks for visiting and foll my blog and your lovely comments.Frist time at yours today the recipes!!I love Gujarati dal .Am foll your blog thru Google Friend Connect.Please do take a minute and follow mine too thru it.Many thanks.

  7. Looks very nice. I never managed to get dry mango though. very soon i should find a place which sells this.

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  9. thanks for visiting my blog tasty dal, I'll bring the chappati lol Rebecca

  10. Simple and yummy....

  11. Easy recipe..first time here..beautiful blog you have..keep blogging!!