March 4, 2015

Methi Masala Dal | Methi based gravy for Rice

There are some dishes you detest at first taste, and then they grow on you. Today's is one such which I literally hated it for the first couple of times, till gradually grew on me. Like yesterday's post on Methi Matar Malai, this too was accepted when I made some changes to the original recipe and served it to the kiddos and family. It goes well with steamed rice.

I made it with some potato dry curry and pickle, and it was lip smacking good. As with Methi Matar Malai, addition of onion is totally optional, but we liked it with them. Make these for a sunday brunch as we did and you have a healthy smile on ur family's lips. Sending this to BM#50 under Fenugreek leaves series

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 3
Methi Masala Dal - a lentil based vegan curry with fenugreek leaves, toor dal (split pigeon pea)
Serving suggestions : Hot steamed rice, Potato Curry, pickle

  • Methi / fenugreek leaves - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Onions - 1 medium
  • Tomato - 1/2 medium
  • Ginger - garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 1 or 2
  • Methi seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania (dry coriander) powder - 1 tsp
  1. Wash, pick, sort and chop fenugreek finely. Pressure cook these leaves with toor dal for 3 whistles with a pinch of turmeric , tomato, onion and green chillies till done. Mash them up a bit once this is cooked.
  2. In a pan, transfer this above mixture, add salt and other dry spice powders. let it simmer.  Once done, make a tadka (tempering) with jeera, cumin, mustard seeds and methi seeds (whole). Once done, pour the tempering on the dal and serve immediately with rice and pickle and dry curry 


  1. Another interesting dal. Addition of methi must add a nice flavor to the dal.

  2. That sounds to be a very flavouful delicious daal.

  3. Omg, wat a comforting dal, just makes me hungry.

  4. I like the combo of the daal and methi, makes it nice and healthy.

  5. this is such a popular and well loved dal! So many people making it for the marathon! looks great!

  6. this is such a popular and well loved dal! So many people making it for the marathon! looks great!

  7. I love methi dal, very healthy and such comfort food..

  8. The platter looks so inviting esp the dal and potato!

  9. One of our family fav! Love it.

  10. Methi dal is one of my favorites. I love it in all forms. :)

  11. This is one of my favorite dals.. Very comforting dish.


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