methi dal fry recipe with step by step photos – delicious yet simple dal fry with methi or fresh fenugreek leaves.
here is one more way of combining methi with dal. since dal is a staple at home so i make variety of dal/lentils, so that we don’t get bored with them. sometimes i also add greens like spinach, fenugreek and amaranth to the yellow dal. in the recipe i have used tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils), but you can also make this dal with moong lentils and chana dal (bengal gram). you can also use a combination of two to three lentils.
the slight bitterness of the fenureek leaves gets balanced with the subtle sweetness of the pigeon pea lentils. if the fenugreek you get is too bitter, then just sprinkle some salt and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. squeeze the leaves and then rinse them in water. then add these leaves to the tempering.
few recipes on similar lines on the blog are methi chole, spinach dal, palak paneer, aloo palak paratha and methi malai paneer. i feel this is a good way to include greens in your diet and make your simple dal or curry more nutritious and healthy.
methi dal recipe details below:
- 1 cup arhar dal (tuhar dal or pigeon pea lentils) or 200 grams arhar dal
- 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking the lentils
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
- 3 tablespoon oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1 small to medium onion, finely chopped
- ½ inch ginger (adrak) - finely chopped
- 5 to 6 garlic (lahsun) - finely chopped or crushed
- 2 to 3 green chilies (hari mirch) - slit
- 1 to 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch) - deseeded and broken
- 1 small to medium tomato, finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 cup tightly packed fresh fenugreek or methi leaves - chopped
- 1 to 1.25 cups water to be added later
- ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
- salt as required
- pressure cook the dal with turmeric and water till the lentils becomes soft.
- mash the dal or lentils with a wooden spoon.
- in a small frying pan, heat oil. saute the cumin seeds, till they crackle.
- then add onions, garlic, ginger, red chilies and green chilies.
- saute for a couple of minutes till the onions turn translucent.
- add the tomatoes, asafoetida, red chili powder and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
- add the chopped methi leaves. saute till the leaves wilt and oil leaves the sides of the mixture,
- pour this mixture in the dal or add the cooked dal to this tempering mixture.
- add water. season with salt.
- stir very well and simmer the dal for 7 to 8 minutes more.
- serve the methi dal steaming hot with steamed rice.
how to make methi dal fry recipe:
1. pick, rinse 1 cup arhar dal/tuvar dal a couple of times.
2. add the rinsed dal + ½ tsp turmeric powder + 2.5 cups water in the pressure cooker.
3. pressure cook the lentils for 8 to 10 whistles or more till the lentils are cooked thoroughly and softened. when the pressure settles down naturally in the cooker, open the lid. mash the lentils lightly and keep aside.
4. heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. you can also use ghee instead of oil. add 1 tsp cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
5. then add 1 small to medium onion (finely chopped), ½ inch ginger (finely chopped), 5 to 6 garlic/lahsun (finely chopped or crushed) and 2 to 3 green chilies (slit or sliced).
6. next add 1 to 2 dry red chilies. saute everything till the onions become translucent.
7. then add 1 small to medium tomato (finely chopped).
8. stir very well.
9. add ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder and a pinch of asafoetida/hing. stir and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
10. then add 1 cup tightly packed fresh fenugreek or methi leaves (chopped).
11. mix very well.
12. saute the whole mixture, till the leaves wilt and you see oil releasing from the sides of the pan.
13. then add the cooked dal.
14. add 1 to 1.25 cups water. you can add less or more water as per the consistency you want. if you want a thick dal, then skip adding water and just mix the dal with the rest of the tempering mixture. then season with salt and garam masala powder. simmer for a minute and serve.
15. season with salt.
16. stir very well and simmer 7 to 8 minutes.
17. lastly add ½ tsp garam masala powder.
18. stir well and serve methi dal fry with some steamed rice or soft chapatis.