gujarati dal recipe, how to make gujarati dal

gujarati dal recipe with step by step photos – easy to make, mildly sweet and sour gujarati dal recipe.

gujarati dal recipe, gujarati dal

dal is a staple at home. so i often try various dal recipes. this gujarati dal is one of those dal recipes that i make many times. give us a bowl of hot steaming dal with some steamed rice and we don’t need anything else 🙂

like most dal recipes, this gujarati dal is also easy. the consistency of this dal is thin and has mild sweet & sour taste. sweetness comes from jaggery and sourness comes from kokums (garcinia indica). kokums are not easily available everywhere, so i suggest to add lime juice or tamarind pulp in the dal.

both the sweetness and sourness can be adjusted as per your taste. this recipe does not have peanuts. sometimes i add them and sometimes i don’t. with or without peanuts, the dal always tastes good. few more gujarati dal recipes in the blog are khatti meethi daltrevti dal and surati dal.

this no onion no garlic gujarati dal is best served with steamed rice. accompany a vegetable dish or salad by the side.

if you are looking for more dal recipes then do check:

gujarati dal

4.86 from 7 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:40 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:gujarati
Servings (change the number to scale):4 to 5
gujarati dal recipe
gujarati dal recipe - mildly sweet and tangy thin tempered dal made with pigeon pea lentils.

INGREDIENTS FOR gujarati dal

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for pressure cooking dal

  • ¾ cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water

other ingredients for gujarati dal

  • 1 small tomato chopped (optional)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies + ½ inch ginger - crushed in a mortar pestle to a paste Or about 1 teaspoon ginger green chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 3 to 4 dried kokums * check notes
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or add as required
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon organic powdered jaggery powder or grated jaggery or add as required
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • salt as required

for tempering gujarati dal

  • 2 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (sabut jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon sabut methi (fenugreek seeds)
  • 2 to 3 small dry red chilies Or 2 regular to large dry red chili - halved and deseeded or kept whole
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)

HOW TO MAKE gujarati dal

pressure cooking dal

  • first pick the arhar dal or pigeon pea lentils for stones etc. 
  • then rinse the lentils thoroughly in running water for 4-5 times.
  • add the rinsed dal in a pressure cooker. add water. pressure cook for 7 to 8 minutes on a medium to high flame.
  • the lentils have to be cooked completely. 
  • mash the dal very well with a wired whisk or with a spoon. the lentils should be mashed very well.

making gujarati dal

  • add green chili-ginger paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander-cumin powder, jaggery, salt, tomato(optional) and kokums. stir.
  • add water. stir again and keep the dal back on the stove top.
  • bring the dal to a simmer on a low flame for 7 to 8 minutes.

for tempering gujarati dal

  • heat oil or ghee in a small pan. crackle mustard seeds first and then add cumin.
  • add the dry red chilies, cloves, cinnamon, curry leaves, asafoetida and fenugreek seeds. 
  • stir and fry for some seconds till the red chilies change color.
  • pour this tempering on the simmering dal. switch off the flame.
  • add coriander leaves. finally stir the dal.
  • serve gujarati dal with steamed rice.

RECIPE TIPS

in the absence of kokum, you can add about 1 tbsp lemon juice or as required in the dal. add the lemon juice towards the end once the dal is done and then give a stir.
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how to make gujarati dal recipe

cooking dal

1. take ¾ cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils). first pick the arhar dal for stones etc. then rinse the lentils thoroughly in running water for 4-5 times.

rinse arhar dal

2. add the rinsed dal in a pressure cooker.

add dal in pressure cooker

3. add 2 to 2.5 cups water.

add water to dal

4. pressure cook for 7 to 8 minutes on a medium to high flame.

cooking the dal

5. the lentils have to be cooked completely.

cooked dal

making gujarati dal

6. mash the dal very well with a wired whisk or with a spoon.

mashing the dal

7. the lentils should be mashed very well.

mashed dal for gujarati dal recipe

8. add green chili-ginger paste, ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chili powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1.5 to 2 tbsp jaggery, salt as required, 3 to 4 dried kokums and 1 small sized chopped tomatoes (optional).

add spices to make gujarati dal recipe

9. stir.

stir the dal

10. add 1.5 to 2 cups water.

add water to make gujarati dal recipe

11. stir again and keep the dal back on the stove top.

cooking gujarati dal recipe

12. bring the dal to a simmer on a low flame for 7 to 8 minutes.

simmer the gujarati dal recipe

tempering for gujarati dal

13. for the tempering, heat 2 tbsp oil or ghee in a small pan. crackle ½ tsp mustard seeds first and then add ½ tsp cumin.

tempering for gujarati dal recipe

14. add 2 to 3 small dry red chilies, 3 to 4 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon, 8 to 10 curry leaves, a generous pinch of asafoetida and ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds. stir and fry for some seconds till the red chilies change color.

tempering for gujarati dal recipe

15. pour this tempering on the simmering dal.

add tempering to gujarati dal recipe

16. switch off the flame.

making gujarati dal recipe

17. add 1 tbsp coriander leaves.

add coriander leaves to gujarati dal recipe

18. stir finally.

stir gujarati dal recipe

serve gujarati dal with steamed rice.

gujarati dal recipe, gujarati dal


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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28 comments/reviews

  1. I have made this thrice now
    Accidentally added extra jaggery today, but it is still yummy
    Thank you.
    Your recipes have helped me a lot as I am a total newbie to cooking.
    ❤️❤️❤️5 stars

    • jaggery is added in the recipe. its also there in the photos as well as in the ingredient list and stepwise instructions. i have also mentioned about jaggery in the main content of the post.

  2. I’ve been using your recipes for quite some time now, and I realised that not only does my food taste better, but also I have fallen in love with cooking again. Thanks for the clear, detailed instructions and the step by step photos : they really help a lot!
    Looking forward to many more recipes from you 🙂

  3. Dear Dassana,
    Love all your recipes and the way you detail them. Made this dal today. It is very easy to prepare and tastes really good… Thank you so much!!! All loved at home 🙂 You are doing an awesome job!

  4. Oh, can you please do some more kids lunch box recipes? With 2 school going 5 year olds, its always a challenge to think up something that tastes good, looks pretty, is healthy, doesn’t get soggy/dry by meal time..the list is never ending!

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    • Thanks NM for your kind words. a lot of thought has gone into design of the website to give it a serene look. we make sure that the person who is reading the recipes feels at ease while reading. so we had tried our best to select best font, colors, layout and avoid distractions like pop ups. good to know that all this work we have done makes a difference in reading. because we hardly get any comment on design format and layout. so it feels good to know that all these things do make a difference.

      • I second you, NM. The website design is indeed very soothing and the navigation is extremely simply too. I absolutely love ur recipes and your recipes are the most trusted ones for me, after my mom’s ☺️☺️

        Thanks for all the efforts and for making cooking such a delight 🙂5 stars

  6. I love your website! I often use your recipes to try new dishes, tried making this dal today, followed the instructions step by step, and it turned out wonderful and so aromatic! Thank you so much for the great recipes 🙂5 stars

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