Jun 28, 2010

Whole Lentils Dal

In an attempt to try different type of lentils, I grabbed few pounds of whole lentils from the bulk aisle in my grocery store. It was lying in my pantry for a while and I was planning to make some pilaf kind of dish with the lentils. It lay there for weeks and finally, the lentils made their way into an Indianized dal. I made a few tweeks my adding some garam masala and it resulted in a really yummy dal which tasted great with plain basmati rice and even aloo parathas. this has become a staple in my house now. You should really try these next time you have whole lentils at home!!
Whole lentils - 2/3 cup (soaked for one hour - optional) It turns great even without soaking
Onion - 1 small sized
Tomato - 1 medium sized
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2 slit lengthwise
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 teaspoon
Coconut milk / plain milk - 1/2 cup
Oil/ghee - 1 spoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida / Hing - 1 pinch
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt to taste

Wash the dal and soak it for an hour if soaking. Pressure cook the dal along with roughly chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, turmeric powder and enough water. Pressur cook for 3 to 4 whistles.

When the pressure goes off, mash the dal adding the coconut milk. Season with salt.

Finally do the tempering with oil/ghee, mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves and pour it over the cooked dal.

Serve warm over some rice or along with some parathas/chaptis/rotis.
Sending this to Healing Foods- Onion started by Siri and hosted this month by Priya;
Also to Think Spice-Think Garam Masala started by Sunita and hosted this month by Sara's Corner


  1. Looks lovely Divya. I always love whole lentils :)

  2. Whole lentil dal looks very delicious.Nice tempting pic.

  3. I've stopped making whole lentil dal because they taste good but are never creamy but I see that you have added coconut milk to yours hence the creaminess.

  4. That's very healthy and easy dhal recipe Divya, so many recipes to try from your blog.

  5. dal looks delicious n awesome divya....i love to have it with chapati..i wish i could get some :)

  6. hmm look very inviting and healthy whole lentils dal..

    Kairali sisters

  7. Looks great.. I have never tried whole letils.. Think I shud try it soon...

  8. first time here... nevr tried whole lentil... luks very delicious and very tempting pic.. happy to follow ur blog

  9. Looks delicious.. I love whole daal too

  10. a new recipe to try out, perfect to go with rotis

  11. Wat a nutritious and protein packed dal, looks wholesome, thanks for sending to HF Divya..

  12. delisious dear......ealthy tooo.neaver tried with whole lentil

  13. One more yummy dish that I will try soon!! Yumyum! This kind of lentils are grown a few kms from my home, I was so thrilled when I found out!!

  14. Totally delicious recipe. Definitely an healthy recipe.

  15. wat a droolworthy dish...definitely a tempting dish ...!

  16. Healthy and delicious - very difficult to go hand in hand..and this recipe of yours...goes together no doubt :)


  17. looks delicious.. we have never used whole lentil but looks like a must try...

  18. Love the new look of your Blog Div. Lentils curry is such a comfort food. looks yumm

  19. I m loving it!!! Blog hopping after a good long break.... hope all is well at ur end!

  20. Looks delicious, love the idea of adding coconut milk to this dhal !


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