Spicy Mixed Dal by Tarla Dalal

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Nov. 28, 2013

With five protein-rich dals, this spicy mixed dal version combines curds and traditional spices to give a tangy, spicy, delectable accompaniment for parathas and rotis. This dal can be prepared easily and quickly, but remember to soak them together for an hour to ensure uniform cooking.


Yellow moong dal 1 Tablespoon (split yellow gram)
Masoor dal 1 Tablespoon (split red lentil)
Urad dal 1 Tablespoon (split black lentils)
Chana dal 1 Tablespoon (split Bengal gram)
Toor dal 1 Tablespoon (arhar)
Salt To Taste
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
For tempering
Ghee 2 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Finely chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ginger garlic paste 2 Teaspoon
Finely chopped tomato 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Chili powder 1 Teaspoon
Coriander cumin powder 2 Teaspoon
Fresh curd 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , beaten
Finely chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon



1. Wash moong, masoor, urad, chana, and toor dal. Soak for 1 hour and then drain.


2. In pressure cooker, place the soaked dal along with 2 cups of water. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.

For Tempering:

3. In a non-stick pan, heat ghee and add the cumin seeds. Allow them to splutter.

4. Add the onions and ginger-garlic paste and saute on medium flame for 1 minute.

5. Add tomato, 2 tablespoons of water, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Stir in garam masala, chili powder and coriander-cumin powder. Mix well and cook for 2 more minutes.

7. Add curd and coriander. Stir constantly and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

8. Add cooked dal and cook on a low flame for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.


9. Serve hot with rotis or parathas.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 185Calories from Fat 82

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.8%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 246 mg10.25%

Total Carbohydrates 19 g6.3%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 7 g14%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet