surati dal

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

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surati dal

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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surati dal

5 from 13 votes
Sweet & sour Gujarat surti dal.
gujarati surati dal recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:main course
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


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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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to 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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35 comments/reviews

  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

    • 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.

  2. hi,
    Please add some more Gujarati recipes into this. Even waiting for your new edition including: 1. Indian style lasagna, 2. Sizzlers, 3. Burritos, 4. Enchiladas, 5. Mexican hot pot, 6. Quesadilla, 7. Thai curry, etc.5 stars

    • sure khyati. i have taken into note all the recipes you have mentioned. i have already added 3 types of thai curry recipes.

  3. This dish makes me so happy! It has all what makes indian food preparation so fascinating – with little make an enormously tasty meal.5 stars

    • glad to hear this thankyou johannes 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing…………5 stars

  5. Dear Dassana, thank you, thank you, thank you for such a delicious surti dal recipe. I made it yesterday & we all had a hearty meal. We all loved it. Yuuummmmmmmm.5 stars

    • welcome parviz. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on surati dal.

  6. Tried it today and really loved it. Thank You!!!5 stars

    • welcome savitha

  7. Hi Dassana,
    Nice recipe, but u forgot to mention how much turmeric powder to use in the main ingredients. Also can imli be used instead of lime?

    • yes sheriar, imli can be added instead of lime. you can also add kokum, if you can get these. i will update the quantity of turmeric. thanks for letting me know.

  8. This was wonderful. Tried it for the 1st time & truly loved it. I think we should soak the raw peanuts in water for a while so that it cooks fast.

    • thanks sandra. yes i agree, soaking peanuts will definitely help in cooking faster and can be done.

  9. This was great!5 stars

  10. Thank you so much for giving us knowledge of these recipes , thank you

    • thanks smita

  11. Hi Dassana, Have you tried making this without the sugar/jaggery? We do not like our savoury dishes to be sweet, so I was wondering if the sweetness is important to this dish (apart from it being a Gujarati dish!). I am deciding between the channa dal fry and this one. Thanks!

    • nandita, sweetness does add a lot of taste in this dal. but if you don’t like then you can skip adding sugar.

  12. it’s taste very yummy…..
    Gujarati dish is not complete without dal….5 stars

  13. came back to rate this dal dassana…. deserves 5 stars…5 stars

    • thanks renu 🙂

  14. Hi dassana..
    this recipe is a must try fo rme as my hubby is a dal fan.. as usual ur clicks are great and makes the food all the more tempting… love the new look of your blog too:)

    • thanks renu. do make the surati dal.

      • i made this dal yesterday and we all loved it.loved the peanuts in it.. a very simple yet delicious recipe.. Thank you 🙂

        • thanks renu for the feedback. i always wonder why don’t you add the url of your blog when you comment???

  15. Best Recipe. very yummy. thanx a lot

    • thanks kamaljit.

  16. This is so true that we never think of posting these everyday recipes. But they vary so much from home to home and person to person that it is amazing to know what can be done with them. Amazing pics as usual! 🙂

  17. One of my favorite food is gujrati, Gujrati thali. This dal looks so warm and comforting and I know all in my family would love it. Going to try this out soon and will let you know how it turned out.

  18. The best foods, at the ones cooked and consumed on the daily basis. Love the simplicity of this dal 🙂

  19. Deliciously prepared dal..looks yumm and loved the new look of your space…Its beautiful…

  20. every day i fall in love with ur pictures 🙂 amazing 🙂 dal is our all time favourite !

  21. yummy ….awesome clcikcs!