drumstick dal recipe, how to make drumstick dal

this drumstick dal is a delicious indian lentil made with drumsticks and arhar dal.
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drumstick dal recipe with step by step photos. this drumstick dal recipe is the way my mom makes it. i  love the flavor and taste of drumsticks in the dal, rather than plain dal. whenever I go to the market, i always make sure to buy drumsticks so that i could add it to the dal.

drumstick dal recipe

drumsticks are very good for health and should be included in the diet. in south india, they are included in many sambar recipes. another dal recipe you can make with drumsticks is this mango drumstick dal.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

tips for making drumstick dal

  • i have added the drumsticks right in the beginning. if you have very tender drumsticks, you could add them after the 2-3 whistles. the drumsticks which I had were not very tender, so they got cooked correctly.
  • sometimes if you pressure cook the drumstick, they get overcooked and they lose shape. thus they get mixed in the dal. it does not appear nice and while eating too the drumsticks seeds pop in your mouth. so use common sense while cooking any recipe with drumsticks.
  • i have used tuvar dal (arhar dal) with the drumsticks as the taste of the two combines very well with each other. but you can experiment with moong or chana dal.
  • cooking dal for 4 whistles was right for me. the cooking time for dal or anything depends upon your pressure cooker – i.e how many litres of pressure cooker you use. for the smaller ones like 2 or 3 litres – the dal won’t cook in 4 whistles. may be you have to cook for 5 to 6 whistles or more.
  • i had soaked the dal. thus the cooking time of the dal is reduced. if you don’t soak it then you will have to increase the cooking time. it is advisable not to add drumsticks in the beginning if you don’t soak the dal.
  • the cooking time of drumsticks and dal differs. for the time taken for the unsoaked dal to cook, the drumsticks will get overcooked and become mushy. to avoid this, pressure cook the dal for few whistles and then add the drumsticks. pressure cook again for a few whistles or you can also cook in an open pan.
  • also, i have added one sprig of curry leaves to the dal when its being cooked in the pressure cooker. this is to impart the fragrant aroma and flavor of the curry leaves to the dal. later in the tempering also, the curry leaves added again, add more to the aroma and flavor of the dal.
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drumstick dal

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Course:main course
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
5 from 2 votes
drumstick dal
this drumstick dal is a delicious indian lentil made with drumsticks and arhar dal.

INGREDIENTS FOR drumstick dal

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1 to 2 drumsticks - rinsed, scraped and chopped into 2-2.5 inches
  • ½ cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 small green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic cloves, (lahsun)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger, (adrak)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2 cups water or add as required
  • 1 pinch dry fenugreek leaves (crushed kasoori methi) – optional
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • salt as required
  • water as required

HOW TO MAKE drumstick dal

making drumstick dal

  • clean, wash and soak the arhar dal for 1 hour. in a pressure cooker, add the soaked dal.
  • add the chopped onions, tomatoes, drumsticks, curry leaves, green chili, ginger, garlic, turmeric powder, water and salt to the soaked dal.
  • pressure cook the dal for 3 to 4 whistles till the dal is cooked. once all the pressure is released from the cooker naturally, open and now add crushed kasuri methi to the dal. mix well and keep aside.
  • if the dal looks very thick, then you can add some hot water to the dal to get medium consistency.

making tempering for drumstick dal

  • in a pan, heat ghee. add mustard seeds.
  • when they start to pop, add the cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves. fry for some seconds. do not burn.
  • pour the tadka immediately in the hot drumstick dal and cover the dal with a lid. this is so that the aroma and flavors from the tadka get infused in the dal.
  • after a minute or two, serve the delicious drumstick dal with either rice or chapatis.
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preparation to make drumstick dal recipe

1. clean and wash the arhar dal a couple of times in water.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

2. soak the arhar dal for 1 hour.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

making drumstick dal

3. in a pressure cooker, add the soaked dal.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

4. add ¼ cup chopped onion and ¼ cup chopped tomato.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

5. add 1 to 2 drumsticks chopped lengthwise into 2 to 2.25 inches and 6 to 7 curry leaves.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

6. also add 1 small green chili (finely chopped), 1 teaspoon of finely chopped ginger and 1 teaspoon of finely chopped garlic.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

7. add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

8. lastly add salt and 2 cups water or add as required.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

9. pressure cook the dal for 3 to 4 whistles till the dal is cooked well. once all the pressure is released from the cooker naturally, then open the lid of the cooker. add 1 pinch of crushed kasuri methi to the dal. mix and keep aside. if the dal looks very thick, then you can add some hot water to the dal to get medium consistency.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

10. in a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee or oil.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

tempering for drumstick dal

11. add ¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

12. when they start to pop, add ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds, a pinch of asafoetida and 6 to 7 curry leaves.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

13. stir fry for a couple of seconds. do not burn.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

14. pour the tadka immediately in the hot dal.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

15. cover the dal with a lid. this is so that the aroma and flavors from the tadka get infused in the drumstick dal.

drumstick arhar dal recipe

16. after a minute or two, serve the delicious drumstick dal with either rice or chapatis.

drumstick arhar dal recipe


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6 comments/reviews

  1. thank u so much for this wonderful recipe…may the creator grant u best of both worlds thanks a lot….i ran short of arhar dal so added a little moong dal to make it 1 cup 🙂

    • thanks jessica. tomatoes won’t get mashed in cooker unless you mash the cooked tomatoes in the dal with a spoon or ladle. the tomatoes will become soft and mushy and will still retain shape unless you overcook the dal.

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