gujarati surati dal recipe, how to make surati dal recipe

by dassana amit updated October 20, 2013

gujarati surati dal

gujarati surati dal recipe – i often make gujarati dal at home. it is one of the simplest and yet flavorful dal. while this is not the recipe for gujarati dal, but surati dal. I had seen this dal recipe in one of the cookbooks which i have and had bookmarked it.

what i liked about surati dal was that there were peanuts added to the dal. the surati dal is made from tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils) and is slightly sweet & sour due to the addition of jaggery and lemon juice. the tomatoes also add a lot of flavor to the dal.

this is also a no onion and no garlic recipe. if you observe the pics, the dal has a thin consistency hence pairs very well with rice and even goes well with chapatis or rotis. so here is the comforting and healthy gujarati surati dal recipe for you.

gujarati surati dal recipe

i make dal every alternate day, be it dal fry or dal tadka and these simple dal recipes never get updated by me on the blog. so i have decided that i am going to post everyday food that we make at home like dal, vegetable curries & stir fries, simple chutneys and salads (kachumber) on the blog.

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check masoor dal, tomato dal, cholar dal, amritsari dal and maah ki dal.

gujarati surati dal recipe details below:

5.0 from 3 reviews

gujarati surati dal
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sweet & sour gujarat surti dal
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: indian, gujarati
main ingredients
  • ¾ cup tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ¼ or ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp unroasted raw peanuts
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 or 1.5 tbsp jaggery or sugar
  • ½ or 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt as required
for tempering:
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1-2 dry red chilies
  1. pick and rinse the dal.
  2. pressure cook the dal with the tomatoes in 2.5 or 3 cups of water till the dal is completely cooked.
  3. with a whisk or with a wooden spoon, mash the lentils to a smooth mixture.
  4. add the peanuts, green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chili powder, ginger & jaggery and salt to the dal.
  5. bring the whole dal to a boil and then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  6. if the consistency of the dal becomes thick, then add some water.
  7. switch off the flame.
  8. heat oil or ghee in a pan.
  9. add the mustard seeds and when they pop, add the asafoetida.
  10. lastly add the red chilies.
  11. fry for a few seconds but don’t burn.
  12. quickly pour this tempering along with the oil in the dal.
  13. stir and continue to simmer the dal for a couple of minutes.
  14. add lemon juice and stir.
  15. check the seasonings.
  16. garnish surati dal with coriander leaves.
  17. serve the hot surati dal with rotis or rice along with a side vegetable dish.
as per your spice preferences, you can adjust the red chili powder, red chilies and green chilies in the surati dal.

the consistency of the surati dal is usually thin, but you can make a medium consistency one.
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Serving size: 4

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Jennifer October 28, 2013 1

This was great!


Smita August 6, 2013 2

Thank you so much for giving us knowledge of these recipes , thank you


dassana August 7, 2013 3

thanks smita


Nandita July 3, 2013 4

Hi Dassana, Have you tried making this without the sugar/jaggery? We do not like our savoury dishes to be sweet, so I was wondering if the sweetness is important to this dish (apart from it being a Gujarati dish!). I am deciding between the channa dal fry and this one. Thanks!


dassana July 3, 2013 5

nandita, sweetness does add a lot of taste in this dal. but if you don’t like then you can skip adding sugar.


Gujarati Recipe June 21, 2013 6

it’s taste very yummy…..
Gujarati dish is not complete without dal….


renu March 5, 2013 7

came back to rate this dal dassana…. deserves 5 stars…


dassana March 5, 2013 8

thanks renu :-)


renu February 25, 2013 9

Hi dassana..
this recipe is a must try fo rme as my hubby is a dal fan.. as usual ur clicks are great and makes the food all the more tempting… love the new look of your blog too:)


dassana February 26, 2013 10

thanks renu. do make the surati dal.


renu February 27, 2013 11

i made this dal yesterday and we all loved it.loved the peanuts in it.. a very simple yet delicious recipe.. Thank you :)


dassana February 27, 2013 12

thanks renu for the feedback. i always wonder why don’t you add the url of your blog when you comment???


kamaljit February 25, 2013 13

Best Recipe. very yummy. thanx a lot


dassana February 26, 2013 14

thanks kamaljit.


Charul @ Tadka Masala February 23, 2013 15

This is so true that we never think of posting these everyday recipes. But they vary so much from home to home and person to person that it is amazing to know what can be done with them. Amazing pics as usual! :)


Asmita February 23, 2013 16

One of my favorite food is gujrati, Gujrati thali. This dal looks so warm and comforting and I know all in my family would love it. Going to try this out soon and will let you know how it turned out.


Kiran @ February 22, 2013 17

The best foods, at the ones cooked and consumed on the daily basis. Love the simplicity of this dal :)


Funwidfud February 21, 2013 18

Deliciously prepared dal..looks yumm and loved the new look of your space…Its beautiful…


aparna February 21, 2013 19

every day i fall in love with ur pictures :) amazing :) dal is our all time favourite !


subhie February 20, 2013 20

yummy ….awesome clcikcs!