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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 recipe

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

Sweet and sour Gujarat dal made with split pigeon peas or tuvar dal.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Course Main Course
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 2


main ingredients

  • ¾ cup split pigeon peas (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 (rai)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 1-2 dried 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 heat.

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 dried red chilies. Fry for a few seconds but make sure not to 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 steamed rice or rotis along with a side vegetable dish.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Surati Dal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Sodium 601mg26%
Potassium 1090mg31%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 25g104%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 1383IU28%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 62mg310%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 125mg152%
Vitamin E 7mg47%
Vitamin K 15µg14%
Calcium 95mg10%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 979µg245%
Iron 7mg39%
Magnesium 126mg32%
Phosphorus 404mg40%
Zinc 4mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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