healthy raw mango drumstick dal in 30 minutes

Raw mango drumstick dal recipe – I feel good to share recipes which I have grown up with. This drumstick mango dal is one of them. My mom’s recipe… Would just love this sour dal with rice and some side veggie. Another similar recipe I have shared is this Drumstick dal.

The mangoes used are Unripe green raw mangoes. we also add some Drumsticks (moringa oleifera) to the dal. Don’t go by the light yellow color of the mangoes in the pic below. These mangoes were very sour.

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mango dal, raw mango dal recipe

Drumsticks are very healthy and you can add them to various recipes like avial or drumstick rasam or drumstick curry or drumstick sambar.

raw mangoes and drumsticks

This dal is made with tuvar dal or arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils). The dal is cooked first, then tempered and later simmered with raw mangoes and drumsticks. Lastly, freshly grated coconut is added to the dal. But this part is optional. I love coconut in any dal and so obviously I have added coconut to the dal too 🙂

green mango dal

The Drumsticks Mango dal goes very well with basmati rice. An excellent dish to be made in the summers when we have the availability of raw mangoes.

Apart from the sliced mango pieces, we also add the seeds. The seeds have flesh on them and when cooked the flesh becomes so soft. Its actually fun having the flesh from the seed…. The tartness and sourness of it is still retained after cooking.

So the result is a Dal which has the sourness of mangoes and a hint of sweetness from the drumsticks and coconut.

Few more dal recipes for you!

raw mango dal recipe

A small Tip from my mom while cooking arhar dal/pigeon pea lentils to make it more better and tasty: when pressure cooking add half of the onion with a pinch of asafoetida to the dal. This changes the flavor and taste of the dal remarkably. Later you could temper and prepare the dal any way you want.

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healthy raw mango drumstick dal

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This healthy and tasty lentil dish is made using pigeon pea lentils/arhar dal, raw mangoes and drumsticks.
mango dal recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for pressure cooking lentils

  • ½ cup arhar dal (husked and split pigeon peas)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped or thinly sliced onions
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1.5 to 1.75 cups water for pressure cooking dal

other ingredients

  • 2 small raw mangoes or 1 medium sized raw mango, sliced
  • 2 to 3 drumsticks, chopped in 3 to 4 inch pieces
  • 1 medium to large tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated coconut - optional
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water, for cooking mangoes and drumsticks or add as required
  • ½ to ⅔ cup water to be added to the dal later to get the consistency you want - optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, for garnish
  • salt as required

for tempering

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 to 3 small to medium sized garlic cloves, crushed lightly
  • 1 to 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 to 2 dry red chiles, halved and deseeded
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)


pressuring cooking lentils

  • Pick and rinse the lentils couple of times in water.
  • Pressure cook the lentils with water, chopped onions, a pinch of asafoetida and turmeric till the dal is cooked completely. Mash the dal and keep aside. 

cooking drumsticks and raw mangoes

  • In a pan heat oil. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add cumin seeds and fry them till they get browned.
  • Add chopped onions. Sauté the onions till they soften and turn translucent. 
  • Now add the crushed garlic, curry leaves, green chilies, red chilies and a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Fry till the raw aroma from garlic goes away or garlic turn light golden. Now add the tomatoes and sauté for a minute. Then add the chopped unripe mangoes and drumsticks. Add salt as per taste. 
  • Add 1 to 1.25 cups water or as required. Mix well. 
  • Do check in between when the drumsticks are cooking. If the water is less or dries up and the drumsticks are not yet cooked, then add some water and continue to cover and cook. 

making mango drumstick dal

  • When the drumsticks have cooked and tender, then add the mashed dal. Mix very well. Simmer till the entire dal comes to a boil. Stir at intervals. If dal looks thick, then add some water. 
  • Finally add some freshly grated coconut to the dal. Simmer for a minute or two.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve the dal with steamed rice.


  • You can also make this dal without onions and garlic. Add some ginger instead to the dal.
  • Also you can make the consistency of the dal as per your choice. Add less water later for a thicker consistency and vice versa.
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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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  1. Thank you for the recipe, it turned out good. Do we need to add the turmeric? If so, when do I add it?4 stars

    • Welcome Shachi. You can add turmeric while cooking the dal or when making the tempering.

  2. Photograph for explanation are very nice to understand the method. Thanks

    • welcome richad 🙂 and glad you liked the explanation.

  3. I found some drumsticks at my famous indian food store. This veggie is really not common in Germany. I bought some and decided to try the dal. I love nearly every kind of dal and this dal also tasted very good. We never get really ripe mangos here, so it wasn`t a problem to find raw mango. The only think which I was wondering, was the consistence of the drumsticks. I peeled the befor cooking and simmered with the dal about 25 min. But they were still hard and fibrous. Only the seeds and a little bit were soft. So I wasn’t able to bit the whole drumstick. Is that normal? Or is it because they were perhaps not fresh enough?
    Would be great if you could tell me bit more about them.
    Thanks and best regards from Germany

    • thanks for the feedback martin. drumsstick pods have to be tender. if they are tender, they get cooked very well. in india, we generally don’t purchase mature drumsticks as they become fibrous and harden up. the drumsticks you purchased were not fresh enough and tender. once cooked there is a buttery like texture inside. the seeds are also cooked. only the inner cooked pulp is eaten. the outer peels are not eaten as they are stringy. you have to eat it or rather suck the cooked flesh and juices from the drumsticks. you cannot chew it. what remains is the stringy outer peel and that is discarded. hope this helps. they are very healthy.

      • yes, thanks a lot for your answer. You confirmed my assumption!

  4. Its very good recipe .its a mouthwatering recipe5 stars

    • thanks mehataj

  5. Hi dassana…. !!

    Nice recipe,,,,,!! Will def try dis out as i have raw mango as well as drumsticks with me….! Could u please help me with one more thing… Do u have any recipes which can be had in pregnancy,,,, am askin u dis bcs am pregnant rite now and i don feel like eating a lot of things,,, i get upset even at the sight or smell of the dishes which once used to be my favourite 🙁 So i just wanna try something new dat is safe to be taken in pregnancy,,, 🙂

    • hi ramya, i am not the right person to suggest you anything as far as food is concerned. i can only suggest you to consult your doctor or a nutritionist to help you with getting info about foods that can be had during pregnancy and also with a diet plan.

  6. That plate looks fabulous and so comforting! I had mango dal for the first time since coming to the US and now I make it very often. Love the taste!
    Looking forward to the blogging tips on your other blog.

    • thanks poornima. dal & rice is a comforting meal for me anytime.

  7. Oooooh yummy!! I loooove sour mangoes with salt and all other sour ‘kais’. 🙂

  8. Yeh, addition of drum sticks was never tried by my wife. It should certainly enhance the flavour and the Drum stick would mellow down the sourness of the green mango.

  9. Oh Delicious. I have made mango dal and I have made drumstick ( Vegan drumstick not chicken or turkey :)) ) dal, but I have never made them together!! As always beautiful pictures!!

    • thanks ansh

  10. Addition of drusmtick is new 2 me..Would love 2 know more abt food blogging..waiting for ur posts..:)

  11. That looks mouthwatering! Making this asap 🙂

  12. Congrats on the new site…am sure it will be useful for us. Mango dhal looks very flavourful perfect with rice

    • thanks sharmilee…. hopping to your space now.

  13. this is a very common item among the Andras and the karnataka people. As mangoes are grown in abundance the Mango dal, right from thr village folks [ more so they] and the city denizens use mango dal in abundance. Mango, in all its forms are used in avariety of recipes, apart from the Mango pickles used in a hundred varieties.
    Welcome to ” green Mango dal” No one can deny its delicious and lingering taste.

    • thanks ram for sharing the info. i was not aware about this. i know mango are used in a so many recipes from pickles, to drinks to sweets 🙂

  14. the drumsticks comment cracked me up:) the daal looks so flavorful with the tangy mango! no raw ones here.. but i can as well use the regular ones, coz half the time they taste super sour:)

    • Hahaha I know exactly what you mean Richa! When we lived in the US, none of the ‘ripe’ mangos there ever hit the spot.

  15. Would love this daal. We make a mango daal too but there is no drumstick added to it. I found a new way to use the plenty of drumsticks from my garden now, I anyways add them to all my daals these days.
    One more thing I notice that most SI cooks add the mangoes with skin while in our parts it’s peeled mango. May be the varieties of mangoes are different , as we had some raw mango slices cut like combs in Pondicherry last year and those had edible skin, we saw others eating them whole n followed the act 🙂
    I feel it would make my daal a lil bitter, the raw mangoes we get here..

    • i too add drumsticks to all my dals… the mango peels here are not hard and bitter. they are sour and tender in fact. i have had the raw mangoes in delhi and they the peels were a bit bitter and astringent to taste. its better to then peel the mango and add to the dal.

  16. Hmm, this is the daal I didn’t like as a kid. As an adult, this is priceless, especially, the one Mom makes. However, fresh drumsticks are not available at the Indian grocers all the time. I have tried the frozen ones and they tend to have more bitter overtones.

    • the food which moms make are always priceless 🙂 you could make this dal without drumsticks too.

  17. When we say “drumsticks,” we mean the leg of a turkey or chicken. You clearly don’t mean this here — I’ll have to look it up. I like things made with green mango, though.

    • i know about the chicken drumsticks. i assume that my readers will know that, what i mean are the drumsticks veggie. i will link with wikipedia info on drumsticks. btw the drumsticks is in the second pic with the sliced mangoes.

      • Perfect. Dassana. I saw them in the photo, but I still didn’t know what they were. Now I do. The link was really helpful.

        • thanks sharyn.

  18. dal looks fabulous and delicious. so yumm

  19. Great post Dassana my mom also adds hing, onion and some turmeric with salt while boiling dal. Moms are always great