Dal tadka is a simple yellow lentil preparation common in every Indian household. In this recipe, fresh fenugreek leaves add a delicious and aromatic touch to the everyday lentil curry.
I am visiting my parents in Panchkula. 7 months ago they moved from
Every day we go into the garden, pick up fresh produce for the day and then decide the meals for the day. For last 5 days, I’ve been kneading fresh fenugreek in
This methi dal
Ingredients (and substitutes) for making methi dal fry (yellow lentil curry with fresh fenugreek)
- Yellow pigeon pea lentils (
arharor toordal): Dal fry is usually made with fast cooking yellow arhardal. You can also use yellow moong lentils or red lentils ( lalmasoor).
- Fresh Fenugreek leaves are the key to the recipe but you can also use dried fenugreek leaves or
kasoorimethi when fresh fenugreek is not in season.
- Spices & Seasoning: Asafoetida (
hing), cumin, salt, pepper, and turmeric. A little jaggery and a dash of lime juice.
- Other vegetables/ aromatics: Green chili, ginger, garlic, onion, and tomato. Some fresh coriander for garnish.
- I’ve cooked this methi dal in mustard oil. You can also use ghee (clarified butter) or any other cooking oil of your choice.
Dals or lentils constitute an important source of protein and healthy calories in a vegan and vegetarian diet. This is a simple recipe to include leafy green vegetables in your diet by adding them to curries. If you like this recipe, please take a moment to rate it below and/or leave your feedback in the comments. It will really encourage me!
Methi Dal Tadka | Yellow lentil curry with fresh fenugreek
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- 1 cup toor dal split pigeon peas lentil*, washed and soaked for at least 15 mins
- 2 cups fresh fenugreek leaves washed and chopped
- 2 tbsp mustard oil or use ghee or any other cooking oil
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 cloves garlic or use 3-4 stalks of garlic greens
- 1 inch fresh ginger root chopped
- 1 green chili chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 tomatoes puréed
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp red pepper powder
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp jaggery powder
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- Put a pressure cooker on heat. Drain the soaked dal and add to the cooker with 2½ cups water, 1 tsp oil, salt and turmeric. Close and pressure cook the dal for 2 whistles. Remove from heat but open only after all the steam has escaped on its own. Toor dal cooks very quickly.**
- Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai or wok. When the oil starts to smoke, reduce heat and add asafoetida, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, and green chillies. Mix and sauté for a minute.
- Add the chopped onions. Mix and sauté for 4-5 minutes till the onions start to turn soft.
- Add tomato purée and all the spices. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Add fresh fenugreek leaves and cook for another 2 minutes.***
- Add the cooked dal and jaggery. Give everything a good mix and cook covered for another 2 mins.
- Remove from heat, add lime juice. Taste and adjust seasoning for salt, pepper, and lime.
- *I have used split pigeon peas lentil in this recipe but methi dal can also be made with yellow moong dal (split green gram) or chana dal (Bengal gram/ split chickpeas).
- **We normally cook our dals in pressure cooker but you can also cook them covered in a stock pot till soft and mushy.
- ***If you are using dried fenugreek leaves, add them in the end after the cooked dal and cook for just a minute. Nutritional Information is approximate information for 1 of 4 servings.
More Lentil Recipes
Lentils are a versatile ingredient in an Indian kitchen. From breakfast pancakes to dessert puddings, lentils are used to make all kinds of dishes. Click on my lentil recipe collection for more inspiration like:
- Vegan Lentil Pancakes a.k.a. Dal Chilla
- Steamed Lentil and Rice Cake a.k.a. Idli
- Lentil Salad
- Lentil Curry
- Lentil Pudding / Moong Dal Halwa
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