surati dal recipe, how to make gujarati surati dal recipe


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. few more dal recipes which have sweet and sour taste are maharashtrian amti dal, khatti meethi dal and gujarati dal recipe.

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 trevti dalmasoor dal, tomato dal, cholar dal, amritsari dal, lasooni dal tadka and maah ki dal.

gujarati surati dal recipe below:

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gujarati surati dal recipe
sweet & sour gujarat surti dal
CUISINE: indian, gujarati
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients
  • ¾ cup tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green chili/hari mirch, chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • ¼ or ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • 2 tbsp unroasted raw peanuts
  • 1 sprig curry leaves/kadi patta
  • ½ inch ginger/adrak, finely chopped
  • 1 or 1.5 tbsp jaggery or sugar (gur or chini)
  • ½ or 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt as required
for tempering:
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds (rai or sarson)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1-2 dry red chilies
  1. pick and rinse the tuvar dal. pressure cook the dal with the tomatoes in 2.5 or 3 cups of water till the dal is completely cooked.
  2. with a whisk or with a wooden spoon, mash the lentils to a smooth mixture.
  3. add the peanuts, green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chili powder, ginger & jaggery and salt to the dal.
  4. bring the whole dal to a boil and then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  5. if the consistency of the dal becomes thick, then add some water. switch off the flame.
  6. heat oil or ghee in a pan. add the mustard seeds and when they pop, add the asafoetida.
  7. lastly add the red chilies. fry for a few seconds but don't burn.
  8. quickly pour this tempering along with the oil in the dal.
  9. stir and continue to simmer the dal for a couple of minutes.
  10. add lemon juice and stir. check the seasonings.
  11. garnish surati dal with coriander leaves.
  12. serve the hot surati dal with rotis or rice along with a side vegetable dish.
1. as per your spice preferences, you can adjust the red chili powder, red chilies and green chilies in the surati dal.
2. the consistency of the surati dal is usually thin, but you can make a medium consistency one.

{ 29 Responses }

  1. says

    Dear Dassana, thank you, thank you, thank you for such a delicious surti dal recipe. I made it yesterday & we all had a hearty meal. We all loved it. Yuuummmmmmmm.

  2. Sheriar Irani says

    Hi Dassana,
    Nice recipe, but u forgot to mention how much turmeric powder to use in the main ingredients. Also can imli be used instead of lime?

    • says

      yes sheriar, imli can be added instead of lime. you can also add kokum, if you can get these. i will update the quantity of turmeric. thanks for letting me know.

  3. Sandra says

    This was wonderful. Tried it for the 1st time & truly loved it. I think we should soak the raw peanuts in water for a while so that it cooks fast.

  4. Nandita says

    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!

  5. renu says

    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:)

  6. says

    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! :)

  7. says

    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.