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mango dal recipe
mango dal recipe - lentil made using pigeon pea lentils/arhar dal, raw mangoes and drumsticks.
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mango dal recipe – i feel good to share recipes which i have grown up with. this mango dal is one of them. my mom’s recipe… would just love this sour dal with rice and some side veggie.

mango dal: raw mango dal recipe

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.

drumsticks are very healthy and you can add them to sambar or avial or make drumstick rasam, drumstick masala or drumstick curry.

raw mangoes and drumsticks

this mango dal is made with turvar 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 mango dal too 🙂

green mango dal

the 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 raw unripe mango recipes are mango picklegreen mango chutney, raw mango panna. aam ka achaar and raw mango salad.

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.

mango dal recipe below:

mango dal recipe
4.5 from 2 votes

mango dal recipe

mango dal recipe - lentil made using pigeon pea lentils/arhar dal, raw mangoes and drumsticks.
course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for pressure cooking dal:

  • 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 (haldi)
  • 1.5 to 1.75 cups water for pressure cooking dal

other ingredients for mango dal:

  • 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 mango dal:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai or sarson)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 to 3 small to medium sized garlic cloves, crushed lightly (lahsun)
  • 1 to 2 green chilies, chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 to 2 dry red chiles, halved and deseeded (sukhi lal mirch)
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

how to make mango dal recipe

pressuring cooking dal:

  1. pick and rinse the lentils couple of times in water.
  2. 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 mangoes:

  1. in a pan heat oil. add mustard seeds and let them splutter. then add cumin seeds and fry them till they get browned.

  2. add chopped onions. sauté the onions till they soften and turn translucent. 

  3. now add the crushed garlic, curry leaves, green chilies, red chilies and a pinch of asafoetida.
  4. 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. 

  5. add 1 to 1.25 cups water or as required. mix well. 
  6. 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 dal:

  1. 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. 

  2. finally add some freshly grated coconut to the dal. simmer for a minute or two.
  3. garnish the mango dal with chopped coriander leaves.
  4. serve mango dal with steamed rice.

  5. cover and cook till the drumsticks are tender and cooked well. the mangoes will also be cooked. 

recipe notes

1. you can also make this mango dal without onions and garlic. add some ginger instead to the dal.
2. also you can make the consistency of the mango dal as per your choice. add less water later for a thicker consistency and vice versa.

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i started 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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35 comments/reviews

  1. Thank you for the recipe, it turned out good. Do we need to add the turmeric? If so, when do I add it?

    • 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 mango 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 recipe

    • 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

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