Feb 4, 2011

Broccoli Dal

I stumbled upon this recipe a while ago and had bookmarked it to try. Recently, I have switched to a low-carb diet in order to lose some weight and this looked like a great soup to have for lunch. TH enjoyed it along with rice and a vegetable stir-fry. I adapted the recipe and cooked the dal in an indian way using the pressure cooker. It is a great way to sneak in broccoli and make kids eat their share of veggies. The end result was a bright green and yellow colored with a hint of garam masala. Makes a hearty lunch all by itself or along with some rice or rotis.

Broccoli florets - 1 1/2 cup
Toor dal/Masoor dal - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium sized
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala - 1 teaspoon
Tomatoes and coriander leaves for garnish
Oil - 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dal - 1 teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Red chillies - 2
Lemon juice - 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Wash the broccoli florets and pulse them in a mixer into a coarse mixture.

In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. Add chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent. Add the dal and saute for a minute followed by the coarse ground broccoli.

Add about 3 cups of water and pressure cook until you get 3-4 whistles.

Open the pressure cooker and mash the dal well with the back of a ladle. Add the turmeric powder, garam masala and lemon juice. Switch on the stove and bring the dal to a boil. Simmer until desired consistency is obtained.

Stir in the lemon juice and garnish with tomatoes and coriander leaves.

Serve warm along with rice, roti or by itself as a soup.
This is my entry to Show Me Your Soup event hosted here at Dil Se..


  1. Aha.. thats a great dal.. i make only brocoli fry.. now i hve a new recipe to try..


  2. Wow!!!! good one...I cook dal using cauliflower but never tried with broccoli..will try this for sure....

  3. I ma a big time broccoli personn and this is going to be a must try for me..Looks great Divya...

  4. It seems this is a superb dish to try.Since I love broccoli in any form.You rocks !

  5. Wow.. so healthy with all protein and vitamin packed... Too good.. gonna try..

  6. Wow.. That's an interesting dal with broccoli. Will try soon. I'm sure my son will love it. Enjoy your weekend.

  7. I cook this dal and its the only way I can feed broccoli to my kids.

  8. Aha another treasured recipe for my Broccoli, Divya! Love the spices and the dish.

  9. Nice way to cook broccoli, love the recipe!

  10. wow...yum n delicious...simply amazing and healthy too...

  11. wow, love the idea of adding healthy broccoli to dal :)

  12. This looks awesome! I just discovered your blog and I really love your recipes :)

  13. Definitely an interesting way to sneak this green veggie,dal looks yummy..

  14. An indian way of cooking tis veg will try this awesome..idea..

  15. This looks like a healthy and yummy dish, one worth making.

  16. Good. I had just bought some fresh brocoli.came cheap,locally grown.Good combination.
    Doctor recommended recipe !


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