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Gujarati surati dal recipe – i often make Gujarati dal at home. It is one of the simplest and yet flavorful dal. A vegan recipe.

surati 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:

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 on the blog.

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gujarati surati dal recipe

surati dal

5 from 14 votes
Sweet & sour Gujarat surti dal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Course: Main Course



main ingredients

  • ¾ cup pigeon pea lentils (tuvar dal or arhar dal)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon unroasted raw peanuts
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 or 1.5 tablespoon jaggery or sugar
  • ½ or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt as required

for tempering surati dal

  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 1-2 dry red chilies


making surati dal

  • 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.
  • With a whisk or with a wooden spoon, mash the lentils to a smooth mixture.
  • Add the peanuts, green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, red chili powder, ginger & jaggery and salt to the dal.
  • Bring the whole dal to a boil and then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • If the consistency of the dal becomes thick, then add some water. Switch off the flame.

for tempering surati dal

  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan. 
  • Add the mustard seeds and when they pop, add the asafoetida.
  • Lastly add the red chilies. Fry for a few seconds but don't burn.
  • Quickly pour this tempering along with the oil in the dal.
  • Stir and continue to simmer the dal for a couple of minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and stir. Check the seasonings.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve the hot surati dal with rotis or rice along with a side vegetable dish.


  • As per your spice preferences, you can adjust the red chili powder, red chilies and green chilies in the surati dal.
  • The consistency of the surati dal is usually thin, but you can make a medium consistency one.

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  1. Tried this for the first time today and it turned out really delicious.. Loved the sweet sour taste with peanuts added to it…Tried so many dals from your blog and each of them has been so good and distinct in taste.5 stars

    1. thank you winnie. peanuts are the most important element in this surati dal recipe. they taste so good in this dal. thanks you also for sharing your reviews on the other dal recipes from the blog. happy cooking.

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