Jul 25, 2011

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

Recipe adapted from Times of India, Times Life (04/03/2012)

A very tasty dal, goes well with Rotis / Rice / pulao …

Serves: 4


For dal:

100 g tur dal / moong dal (spit yellow dal)

100 g masoor dal (pink color dal)

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

10 cloves garlic, chopped

2 well ripe tomatoes, chopped

2 green chillies (2 big size or 3 small size), slit lengthwise

½ teaspoon oil

¾ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon thick tamarind paste


For dal:

Wash and soak dals in 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker for 1 hour. Add turmeric powder, chopped garlic, tomatoes, slit green chillies, salt to taste and oil and pressure cook for 20 minutes (Reduce the heat from high to medium after 3 whistles and cook for 15 minutes). Do not open the cooker. Allow the cooker to cool naturally.

Finally add 1 teaspoon tamarind paste (or ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon), mix well and boil on a low heat for 7 – 10 minutes.

For seasoning / tadka:

2 teaspoons oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)

4 curry leaves

1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves


Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or until fragrant on a low heat. Pour this tadka over dal and serve with rotis / rice ..

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal (2 nd recipe)

Serves: 2

You will need

For dal:

100 g turdal
1/2 turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon milk
250 ml water (2 1/2 cups)

For seasoning:

1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 onion, finely sliced
1 green chilli, slit lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon (15 g) garlic paste
1 1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste or 2 tablespoon tamarind juice
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Extra 50 ml hot water
2 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves


For dal:

Wash and soak tur dal in 2 1/2 cups water for one hour and mix with turmeric powder, oil and milk and pressure cook for 25 minutes or till done and soft (Reduce the heat after 2 nd whistle and cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Do not open the lid. Allow the cooker to cool naturally).

For seasoning:

In a wide pan, heat oil. Add cumin seeds and fry on a low heat for 1 minute.

Add sliced onion and fry till golden color and crisp. Add green chilli and saute well.

Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Stir well on a low heat for 1 - 2 minutes.

Add garlic paste and mix well.

Add boiled dal, tamarind paste / juice and salt to taste. Add extra 50 ml hot water if required.

Cover with a lid and cook on a low to medium heat for 12 - 15 minutes or until the dal slightly thickens / fragrant.

Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and serve with Rotis / Rice,

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