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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

Trevti Dal

4.75 from 4 votes
Trevti dal is a tangy and mildly spiced dal made with three types of lentils.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins

Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

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
  • 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking

other ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Notes

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

  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?

    1. 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?

    1. 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.

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