trevti dal recipe, how to make gujarati trevti dal

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trevti dal

trevti dal is a tangy and mildly spiced dal made with three types of lentils.

4.75 from 4 votes
total time:
85minutes

trevti dal recipe with step by step photos – home style gujarati dal made with a combination of three dals or lentils – chana dal (bengal gram), moong dal (mung lentils) and arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils).

trevti dal recipe

since dal is a staple at home, i try to make different varieties of dal. this trevti dal is from the gujarati cuisine and is a no onion no garlic recipe.

in india there are many ways a simple dal is cooked. like trevti dal, there is also pancharatna dal which is made with 5 different lentils. like all dal recipes, trevti dal is also easy to prepare and like all gujarati recipes, this dal is also delicious.

few more gujarati dal recipes posted on the blog are khatti meethi dal, surati dal and gujarati dal recipe.

serve trevti dal hot with some steamed rice or soft chapatis or phulkas.

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trevti dal

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time:1 hr
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:1 hr 25 mins
trevti dal is a tangy and mildly spiced dal made with three types of lentils.
trevti dal
Course:main course
Cuisine:gujarati,indian
Servings:4

INGREDIENTS FOR trevti dal

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for pressure cooking the lentils

  • 1/3 cup chana dal (husked and split bengal gram)
  • 1/3 cup moong dal (husked and split mung beans)
  • 1/3 cup arhar dal (tuvar dal or husked and split pigeon peas)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking

other ingredients for trevti dal

  • ½ inch ginger + 1 green chili - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle or 1 teaspoon ginger-green chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 small tomato, chopped - about 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 or 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice or add as required
  • 1 cup of water to be added later
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE trevti dal

pressure cooking the lentils

  • take 1/3 cup each of chana dal, moong dal and arhar dal in a bowl or pan.
  • rinse all the three lentils well in water and then soak them in enough water for 1 hour.
  • drain the lentils.
  • take the lentils in a pressure cooker. add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
  • pour 2.5 cups water.
  • stir and then pressure cook the dals for 8 to 9 whistles till they are softened and cooked thoroughly.
  • lightly mash the dal with a spoon and keep aside.

tempering and making trevti dal

  • heat 2 tbsp oil in a small pan.
  • add the following spices - 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 small to medium tej patta and 3 cloves.
  • stir and fry the spices till the cumin seeds splutter and all the spices become aromatic. fry on a low flame so that the spices do not get burnt.
  • then add a generous pinch of asafoetida and 1 or 2 dry red chilies.
  • fry till the red chilies change their color.
  • add 1 tsp ginger green chili paste.
  • stir and saute for about 15 to 20 seconds.
  • then add 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes and stir well.
  • add 1/2 tsp red chili powder. stir and saute the tomatoes till they soften.
  • once the tomatoes are softened, pour the entire tempering mixture along with the oil in the cooked dal.
  • stir well and add 1 cup water.
  • season with salt.
  • stir and keep the pressure cooker on the stove top and bring to a simmer. do stir at intervals so that the lentils don't stick to the bottom of the cooker. simmer for 6 to 7 minutes on a low to medium flame.
  • then add 1 tsp lime juice.
  • now add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir again and switch off the flame.
  • serve trevti dal hot with some steamed rice or soft chapatis or phulkas.

RECIPE TIPS

for cooking lentils in a pot:
add the soaked lentils along with 3 to 3.5 cups water in a pot. add a few drops of oil along with the 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. stir well. cover the pot and cook the lentils till they are softened completely. if the water becomes less, then add some more hot water.
substitutions:
moong dal - masoor dal or moth dal
red chili powder - cayenne pepper
oil - ghee
lime juice - 2 to 3 kokum
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preparation to make trevti dal recipe

cooking lentils

1. take ⅓ cup each of chana dal (bengal gram), moong dal (mung lentils) and arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils) in a bowl or pan. you could even substitute moong dal with masoor dal (orange lentils).

dals for trevti dal recipe

2. rinse all the three lentils well in water and then soak them in enough water for 1 hour.

rinsing dals for trevti dal recipe

3. drain the lentils.

dals for trevti dal recipe

4. take the lentils in a pressure cooker. add ½ tsp turmeric powder. do check the notes section of the recipe details below, on how to cook the lentils in a pot.

cooking dals for trevti dal recipe

5. pour 2.5 cups water.

water for trevti dal recipe

6. stir and then pressure cook the dals for 8 to 9 whistles till they are softened and cooked thoroughly. if the lentils are not softened completely, then pressure cook for some more whistles.

cooking dals for trevti dal recipe

7. lightly mash the dal with a spoon and keep aside.

mashing dals for trevti dal recipe

making trevti dal

8. heat 2 tbsp oil in a small pan.

oil for trevti dal recipe

9. add the following spices – ½ tsp cumin seeds, 1 small to medium tej patta and 3 cloves.

spices for trevti dal recipe

10. stir and fry the spices till the cumin seeds splutter and all the spices become aromatic. fry on a low flame so that the spices do not get burnt.

tempering for trevti dal recipe

11. then add a generous pinch of asafoetida and 1 or 2 dry red chilies. fry till the red chilies change their color. a few seconds.

tadka for trevti dal recipe

12. add 1 tsp ginger green chili paste. stir and saute for about 15 to 20 seconds.

tadka for gujarati trevti dal recipe

13. then add ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for gujarati trevti dal recipe

14. stir well.

tadka for gujarati trevti dal recipe

15. add ½ tsp red chili powder.

chilli for gujarati trevti dal recipe

16. stir and saute the tomatoes till they soften.

tomatoes for gujarati trevti dal recipe

17. once the tomatoes are softened, pour the entire tempering mixture along with the oil in the cooked dal.

tomatoes for gujarati trevti dal recipe

18. stir well and add 1 cup water.

water for gujarati trevti dal recipe

19. season with salt.

salt for gujarati trevti dal recipe

20. stir and keep the pressure cooker on the stove top and bring to a simmer. do stir at intervals so that the lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the cooker. simmer for 7 to 8 minutes on a low to medium flame.

cooking gujarati trevti dal recipe

21. then add 1 tsp lime juice.

adding lime juice

22. now add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir again and switch off the flame.

coriander for trevti dal recipe

23. serve trevti dal hot with some steamed rice or soft chapatis or phulkas.

trevti dal


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13 comments/reviews

  1. Hey,
    The recipe looks very interesting and very different from the regular dals. However, I’m wondering all the 3 dals have a different consistency and require different time frames for cooking then how do we cook them together at one go. I tried to pressure cook the 3 together but the moong dal simply disappeared and what was left was a thick yellow dal mixture. Can’t decide which one’s which?

    • in this recipe the dals are cooked to such a consistency, that they all become and look one. the 3 dals have different cooking timings. so you have to cook all of them for more time till all of them are really cooked well.

  2. > 5. pour 2.5 cups water.
    18. stir well and add 1 cup water.

    Hello.

    If it is necessary more water, why not to take more water at a stage of the cooking of the dals?

    • the water added initially that is 2.5 cups is for pressure cooking the dals. more water can be added at this step, but in a pressure cooker, the water spills out while the whistles happen. thats why the water is added at two different steps.

  3. I tried this recipe.It was very tasty.I also want to thank Amit ji…. All your recipes are awesome.I daily make something new and everybody in my home likes it.God bless you.

  4. Hello and thank you for going to the trouble of sharing your recipes.
    I haven’t attempted the above dal recipe – I am still searching through all your recipes. Last night I followed your Aloo Gobi recipe – and it was simply fantastic – really one of the most authentic and delicious I have ever cooked.
    You have created an excellent website here – very knowledgeable, nicely laid out and easy to follow with good background information about the dishes.
    This is by far the best site I have found for Indian recipes – looking forward to trying more of them.
    Thank You

  5. I am delighted my search for Indian food recipes have led me here. The photos and descriptions and the availability of multiple Indian cuisines are wonderful. Due to my wife and my own dietary restrictions due to ethics, health and digestive issues this journey a challenging one indeed. I have renewed hope of being able to find mild, dairy-free, meatless meals that intrigue and delight. Thank you!

    • welcome dennis. glad to know that you liked the website. we try to publish recipes from different regions, taste and types like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, no-onion no garlic and so on. most indian recipes can easily be veganized. we hope the website helps you and makes your cooking journey easier, pleasant and healthy.

  6. hi dassana, i tried this dal & it was wonderful. only thing is that i didnt have lemon so i used amchoor instead. thanks for the wonderful recipes

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