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gujarati khatti meethi dal recipe, sweet and sour dal recipe

gujarati khatti meethi dal is a staple in gujarati cuisine. it is a flavorful, sweet and sour dal.

4.17 from 6 votes
total time:
35minutes

gujarati khatti meethi dal recipe with step by step photos. in english the words ‘khatti’ means tangy or sour and ‘meethi’ means sweet. so this is an easy gujarati dal having sweet and sour taste and will be specially liked by folks who love myriad flavors and textures in one dish.

in this dal, addition of jaggery gives the sweet taste. kokum – garcinia indica  gives the sour taste and the addition of peanuts give some texture. overall, expect a flavorful dal with sweet and slightly sour flavors.

to get the right balance of sweetness and sourness in this dal is important. i have mentioned below the proportions of kokum and jaggery i had used. however, depending on the intensity of the sourness in the kokum, you can reduce the quantity. below is a pic of dried kokums.

kokum for khatti meethi dal recipe

in this gujarati dal, normally dried kokum is used as a souring agent. if you don’t have kokum then you can experiment with tamarind or lemon juice but the taste will be different.

for an authentic taste use dried kokums. i have also shared recipes of gujarati dal and surati dal, both are sweet and sour in taste. you can also check this maharashtrian amti dal which also has sweet and sour flavors.

khatti meethi dal is thin in consistency and does not include onion or garlic. for tempering i suggest to use ghee as it brings a really good flavor in the dal.

this gujarati khatti meethi dal is best had with steamed rice or jeera rice topped with a little bit of ghee. accompany a vegetable salad, pickle or yogurt and you get a satisfying meal.

you are looking for more dal recipes then do check tadka dal, dal fry, dal palak, methi dal and lasooni dal tadka recipe.

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gujarati khatti meethi dal recipe, sweet and sour dal recipe
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gujarati khatti meethi dal

gujarati khatti meethi dal is a staple in gujarati cuisine. it is a flavorful, sweet and sour dal.
course main course
cuisine gujarati, indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 35 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking dal:

  • ½ cup heaped arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi powder)
  • 1 green chili + ¾ inch ginger - crushed in a mortar pestle to a paste Or about 1 teaspoon ginger green chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts (moongphali)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups water to be added later
  • 2 tablespoons organic jaggery powder or grated jaggery
  • 3 to 4 dried kokums * check notes
  • salt as required

for tempering khatti meethi dal:

  • 1.5 tablespoons ghee
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (sabut jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon sabut methi (fenugreek seeds)
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 2 to 3 small dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch) OR 1 regular to large dry red chili - halved and deseeded
  • 3 to 4 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

how to make gujarati khatti meethi dal

cooking dal:

  1. first pick the dal for stones etc. then rinse the lentils thoroughly in running water 2 to 3 times.

  2. add the dal in a pressure cooker along with 2 to 2.5 cups water, turmeric, ginger-green chili paste and peanuts.

  3. pressure cook for 7 to 8 minutes on a medium flame till the dal has turned mushy and cooked very well.

  4. mash the dal with a wooden spoon. then add 1 to 1.5 cups water to the dal.

  5. add the jaggery powder, kokums and salt and simmer the dal for 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame.

tempering khatti meethi dal:

  1. for the tempering, heat the ghee in a small pan. crackle the mustard seeds first.

  2. then add the cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry till they are browned - just a few seconds.

  3. then add the curry leaves, red chilies, cloves, cinnamon and asafoetida.

  4. stir and fry for some seconds. pour this tempering on the simmering dal. mix and continue to simmer for 5 to 6 minutes more.

  5. you can garnish the dal with coriander leaves if you prefer.

  6. serve the gujarati khatti meethi dal with steamed rice or jeera rice.

recipe notes

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 khatti meethi dal recipe:

cooking dal:

1. first pick ½ cup heaped arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils) for stones etc. then rinse the lentils thoroughly in running water 2 to 3 times. drain all water and keep aside.

khatti meethi dal recipe

2. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making khatti meethi dal.

khatti meethi dal recipe

3. add the arhar dal in a pressure cooker. also add 2 to 2.5 cups water, ½ teaspoon turmeric (haldi), 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste and 2 tablespoons peanuts (moongphali).

khatti meethi dal recipe

4. pressure cook for 7 to 8 minutes on a medium flame till the dal has turned mushy and cooked very well. when pressure falls down on its own, remove the lid.

khatti meethi dal recipe

5. mash the dal with a wooden spoon. then add 1 to 1.5 cups water to the dal and mix well. add water as required.

khatti meethi dal recipe

6. add 2 tablespoon jaggery powder (or grated jaggery), 3 to 4 dried kokums and salt as required.

khatti meethi dal recipe

7. simmer the dal for 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame. keep stirring at intervals when the dal is simmering.

khatti meethi dal recipe

tempering khatti meethi dal:

8. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for the tempering.

khatti meethi dal recipe

9. heat 1.5 tablespoons ghee in a small pan.

khatti meethi dal recipe

10. crackle ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) first.

khatti meethi dal recipe

11. then add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) and ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana).

khatti meethi dal recipe

12. fry for 2 to 3 seconds till they are browned.

khatti meethi dal recipe

13. then add 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta), 2 to 3 small dry red chilies, 3 to 4 cloves (lavang), 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini) and 1 pinch asafoetida (hing).

khatti meethi dal recipe

14. stir and fry for a few seconds till the red chilies change color.

khatti meethi dal recipe

15. pour this tempering on the simmering dal. be careful as the dal splutters. mix and then continue to simmer the dal for 5 to 6 minutes more. once done, then before serving khatti meethi dal, you can garnish the dal with coriander leaves if you prefer.

khatti meethi dal recipe

16. serve the gujarati khatti meethi dal with steamed rice or jeera rice or saffron rice or butter rice or garam masala rice.

khatti meethi dal recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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18 comments/reviews

  1. khatti Mithi Gujarati Dal. Thanks a million for the recipe. The dal came out just perfect. Your suggestion about Kokum was most helpful. I added Kothmari (Dhaniya patti) too. I was pleasantly surprised by my own preparation. My rating would be highest. In Gujarat They say, jeni dal bagadi enio Diwas Bagadyo. (Jisaki Dal bigadi usaka divas bigada)

    • thank you much dr madhusudan jhaveri. dhaniya patta can be added. i liked the phrase. first time came to know that such a phrase exists in gujarati language. thanks again.

  2. Being a Gujarati I wasn’t knowing the perfect khatti meethi daal recipe. Tried this daal yesterday and it was awesome. Thanks a lot Dassana for adding new daal to my day to day cooking !

    • thanks a lot nehal. your feedback means a lot for me as it coming from a gujarati foodie. thanks again.

  3. Hi thanks a lot for developing a website which has all recipe with pics n steps u make cooking easy I tried ur receipe for rajma n it turned out fabulous specially for someone who wants to cook but doesn’t hv guidance of elders it’s a boon thanks a lot keep posting receipts u r simply great

    • thanks a lot ishika and also thanks for sharing the feedback on rajma recipe.

  4. Can we use amchur powder in absence of kokam.or lemon

    • yes you can use amchur powder.

  5. Hi Dassana, I cooked this dal with lemon juice and one small tomato. It was absolutely lip smacking. My husband especially liked the peanuts and jaggery in the dal. Thank you so much for yet another fabulous yet simple recipe!

    Best regards
    Z

    • welcome. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  6. Hii….What is the english name for kokums? Is it asvailable in South India? BTW your recepie sounds intresting!

    • thanks poornima. there is no english name. in india we call it kokum only. the botanical name is garcinia indica. yes it should be available in south india.

    • Hi Poornima.. Kokum is called Kodampuli in Malayalam, and is usually used in many fish recipes..

  7. I made gujrati khati meethi dal i was awesome same like hotel jaise

    • thanks kausar for sharing positive feedback on dal.

  8. I like gujarathi any items

  9. I had once had this dal at a Gujarati friend’s house and I really liked the sweet sour combo though my husband didn’t. I am glad to grab this recipe of yours and try it sometime when he would be travelling 😉

  10. Awesome dal….Nice click…

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