Darbari Dal (Zero Oil) by Tarla Dalal

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Dec. 02, 2013

Straight from royal kitchens, healthy though unlike its traditional version is oil free, and replaces fat rich ingredients like coconut with lots of veggies, pulses and coriander. A combination of dal and veggies is flavored with spices like garlic paste, green chilies, garam masala is sure to appeal to you. All the dals used are full of nutrients hence making this dal a healthy treat.


Rajma 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , soaked overnight and drained (kidney beans)
Toor dal 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , soaked for 15 minutes and drained
Masoor dal 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , soaked for 15 minutes and drained (split red lentil)
Bottle gourd cubes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Red pumpkin pieces 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Turmeric powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Finely chopped tomatoes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Finely chopped coriander 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
Coriander seed powder 1 Teaspoon
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Chili powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Green chili 2 , slitted
Lemon juice 2 Teaspoon
For garnish
Finely chopped coriander leaves 1 Tablespoon



1. In pressure cooker, combine rajma, toor dal and masoor dal with 1½ cups of water, bottle gourd, pumpkin, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and pressure cook for 4 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.

2. Mash the dal lightly, add chopped tomato, coriander, garlic paste, coriander powder, garam masala, chili powder, green chilies and lemon juice.

3. Pour ½ cup of water, mix well and cook over medium flame for 3-4 minutes.


4. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with roti or rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 151Calories from Fat 9

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 1 g1.5%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 137 mg5.71%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.3%

Dietary Fiber 8 g32%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 10 g20%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet