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Methi dal recipe with step by step photos – delicious, healthy and simple dal made with fresh fenugreek leaves, pigeon pea lentils, spices and herbs. A vegan dish.

methi dal recipe

Here is One more way of combining methi with dal. since dal is a staple at home so I make variety of dal/lentils, so that we don’t get bored with them. Sometimes I also add greens like spinach, fenugreek and amaranth to the yellow dal.

In the recipe I have used tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils), but you can also make this dal methi with moong lentils and chana dal (bengal gram/split chickpea) also. You can also use a combination of two to three lentils.

The slight bitterness of the fenugreek leaves gets balanced with the subtle sweetness of the pigeon pea lentils (arhar dal). If the fenugreek you get is too bitter, then just sprinkle some salt and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. Squeeze the leaves and then rinse them in water. Then add these leaves to the tempering.

I feel this is a good way to include greens in your diet and make your simple dal or curry more nutritious and healthy.

You can serve dal Methi with rice, roti or chappati along with raita, salad, masala papad and some pickle.

How to make methi dal

Cooking lentils

1. Pick, rinse 1 cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or pigeon pea lentils) a couple of times.

arhar dal for methi dal fry recipe

2. Add the rinsed lentils + ½ tsp turmeric powder + 2.5 cups water in the pressure cooker.

dal for methi dal fry recipe

3. Pressure cook the lentils for 8 to 10 whistles or more till the lentils are cooked thoroughly and softened. when the pressure settles down naturally in the cooker, open the lid. Mash the lentils lightly and keep aside.

making methi dal fry recipe

4. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. You can also use ghee instead of oil. add 1 tsp cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.

making methi dal fry recipe

5. Then add 1 small to medium-sized onion (finely chopped), ½ inch ginger (finely chopped), 5 to 6 garlic (finely chopped or crushed) and 2 to 3 green chilies (slit or sliced).

making methi dal fry recipe

6. Next add 1 to 2 dry red chilies. saute everything till the onions become translucent.

making methi dal fry recipe

7. Then add 1 small to medium-sized tomato (finely chopped).

tomatoes for methi dal recipe

8. Stir very well.

making methi dal fry recipe

9. Add ½ tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). Stir and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.

spices to make methi dal recipe

10. Then add 1 cup tightly packed fresh fenugreek or methi leaves (chopped).

making methi dal fry recipe

11. Mix very well.

making methi dal fry recipe

12. Saute the whole mixture, till the fenugreek leaves wilt and you see oil releasing from the sides of the pan.

making methi dal fry recipe

13. Then add the cooked arhar dal.

cooked dal for methi dal recipe

14. Add 1 to 1.25 cups water. You can add less or more water as per the consistency you want in the methi dal. If you want a thick dal, then skip adding water and just mix the dal with the rest of the tempering mixture.

water for methi dal fry recipe

15. Then add salt as required.

making methi dal fry recipe

16. Stir very well and simmer the dal for 7 to 8 minutes.

making methi dal fry recipe

17. Lastly add ½ tsp garam masala powder and mix well again.

making methi dal fry recipe

18. Serve methi dal With some steamed rice or soft chapatis.

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Methi Dal

4.87 from 15 votes
This dal methi is a delicious, healthy and simple dal made with fresh fenugreek leaves and pigeon pea lentils.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Cuisine Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for pressure cooking lentils

  • 1 cup arhar dal (tuhar dal or pigeon pea lentils) or 200 grams arhar dal
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking the lentils
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

for tempering methi dal

  • 3 tablespoon oil or ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small to medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger - finely chopped
  • 5 to 6 garlic - finely chopped or crushed
  • 2 to 3 green chilies - slit
  • 1 to 2 dry red chilies - deseeded and broken
  • 1 small to medium tomato, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh fenugreek or methi leaves - chopped
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water to be added later
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • salt as required

Instructions

pressure cooking lentils

  • Pick, rinse 1 cup arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils) a couple of times.
  • Add the rinsed lentils + ½ tsp turmeric powder + 2.5 cups water in the pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook the lentils for 8 to 10 whistles or more till the lentils are cooked thoroughly and softened.
  • When the pressure settles down naturally in the cooker, open the lid. Mash the lentils lightly and keep aside.

making methi dal

  • In a small frying pan, heat oil. Saute the cumin seeds, till they crackle.
  • Then add onions, garlic, ginger, red chilies and green chilies.
  • Saute for a couple of minutes till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, asafoetida, red chili powder and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped methi leaves. Saute till the methi leaves wilt and oil leaves the sides of the mixture,
  • Pour this mixture in the dal or add the cooked dal to this tempering mixture.
  • Add water and salt as required.
  • Stir very well and simmer the dal for 7 to 8 minutes more.
  • Lastly add garam masala powder and stir well.
  • Serve dal methi steaming hot with steamed rice.

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  1. I have been making dal fry using kasturi methi since ages and it tastes like heaven. Once you taste dal fry having kasturi methi in it, you won’t ever like to have a simple dal fry. At my home, dal fry is something that is always made with kasturi methi.. otherwise it’s not eaten by anyone.5 stars

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