Methi Dal

19 Jun

Menthi kura pappu/ Menthi pappu


Toor dal/ kandi pappu 2 cups
Fresh fenugreek leaves a bunch
Green chillies 8
Salt to taste


Mustard seeds 2 tsps
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Broken red chillies 4
Curry leaves 4
Garlic pods 10
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Pour 4 and half cups of water and cook washed dal for 2-3whistles in a pressure cooker.

Wash and coarsely chop fenugreek leaves.
Remove stems and cut green chillies into halves.
Peel and crush garlic pods.

In a deep pan, heat oil, add crushed garlic pods.
When they change color add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, broken red chillies, curry leaves and green chillies.
When seeds start to jump, add chopped fenugreek leaves and saute them for a minute or until they wilt.
Then add cooked dal and sufficient amount of salt.

Cook for 5-10min according to your dal preferences and serve with rice or chapati.

I use a good quantity of garlic for methi dal. You can reduce it if you wish.

7 Responses to “Methi Dal”

  1. Asha June 19, 2007 at 8:19 am #

    OOOH!!! That is thick,ooey gooey dal with Methi leaves.YUM!! Anusha,looks great and mouthwatering.Thanks for delicious recipe:)

  2. Dee June 19, 2007 at 6:18 pm #

    Raji, I have never tried using garlic till today in methi. I shud try it sometime.

  3. Coffee June 19, 2007 at 7:21 pm #

    OOOOOHHHH!!!!! How I love this dal!!!! And I make it just the same way. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reminding that I haven’t is a long time. πŸ™‚

  4. sia June 20, 2007 at 6:21 am #

    i make it quite often anu but with spinach. sometimes i throw fe mango pieces in brine to all extra flavour πŸ™‚ its my fav dal with chapati. love ur each n every pic and enjoying ur photography series in dinning hall πŸ˜›

  5. RUBY July 2, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    i like this dal.

  6. lubna July 6, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    daal is obviously good,but bowl is very beautiful.

  7. Tez January 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Raji, Can I put the fenugreek leaves in pressure cooker along with dal ? I make spinach dal that way…

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