Mar 21, 2012

Gujarati Khatti Meethi Dal

Gujarati Khatti Meethi Dal

A delicious nutritious dal, goes well with rice / rotis !!

Serves: 3


For dal:

100 g (1/2 cup) tur dal or moong dal or channa dal or a mix of 3 dals (½ cup)

300 ml (2 ½ cup) water

½ teaspoon turmeric powder

½ teaspoon oil


Wash and soak dal (or a mix of 3 dals) in 300 ml (2 ½ cups) of water for half an hour and cook in a pressure cooker with ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon oil for 15 minutes (reduce the heat from high after 3 rd whistle and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes). Allow the cooker to cool naturally.

Other ingredients

1 ½ teaspoon green chilli – garlic paste (make a paste of 2 green chillies and ½ - inch piece ginger in a mixer)

1 teaspoon tamarind paste or 3 kokum (or to taste)

1 teaspoon jaggery (or to taste)

¾ teaspoon salt (or to taste)


In a wide bowl, boil again boiled dal with green chilli – ginger paste, tamarind paste, jaggery and salt. Cover with a lid and boil on a medium to low heat for 10 – 12 minutes or until slightly thickens. Switch off the heat.

For tadka / seasoning:

2 teaspoon ghee / oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

½ teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)

¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi)

2 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks (1 – inch in size)

2 dried red chilli, broken

1 green chilli, slit lengthwise

6 curry leaves

2 pinches hing (asafoetida)


Heat oil / ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add remaining ingredients and fry on a low heat for 3 – 5 minutes until fragrant. Pour this seasoning over khatti meethi dal and serve hot with rice or rotis.


Ms.Chitchat said...

Comfort food, loved your version.

Shobha said...

Love it !
Nothing better than dal chawal...