A VERY yellow, protein packed, 3 lentil dal!


I have never really been a fan of traditional Gujarati dal. My dad finds this absolutely disturbing and I have also often been accused of not being a “true Patel”!
The truth is, dal is a rich source of protein for us vegetarians, and can be prepared in more ways than we know. I’m going to make it a point to find as many dal recipes as possible for us to incorporate as a protein in a balanced vegetarian diet.
So if you share my childhood disdain for dal, do not dispair and try this easy to make mixed yellow dal ,that you can prepare in no time!

Ingredients : (serves 4-6)

70g urad dal
70g split moong dal
70g toor dal

(to be honest, I just went with 3 yellowy looking dals;))

2 tsp ghee
1.5 tsp crushed green chilli
1 tsp crushed or grated ginger
2 star anise
1 small cinnamon stick
5-6 limbdi leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds (rye)
250 grams chopped tomatoes
2 star anise
1 small cinnamon stick
5-6 curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander
salt to taste


Wash the dals together at least twice. Cover with 4-5cm of water above the grain level and cook in a pressure cooker. Listen out for two whistles.

Heat the ghee over a gentle flame. Add the mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds are sizzling and beginning to pop, add the remaining spices. Cook for 2 minutes, or until you can smell the aroma!

Add the chopped tomato and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes. Add the dal from the pressure cooker, and simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes. Add salt to taste.

Remove from the heat and spinkle with chopped coriander. Serve HOT with warm parathas or rotli!

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