Gujarati Dal

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Sweet, tangy, and spicy, Gujarati Dal is comfort food at its best. Use my easy recipe to make it.

Here are some more dal recipes: Dal Makhani, Cholar Dal, Malwa Dal, Dal Palak, and Panchmel Dal.

Gujarati dal served in a bowl.
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About Gujarati Dal

I grew up eating dal every day for lunch. Most days, it was a basic Toor Dal, but Mom used to make some variations once or twice a week.

She had a bound book of recipe pages collected from magazines over many years. One of those pages contained the recipe for Gujarati Dal, and with a few alterations to suit our taste buds, she had her own recipe, which I recently learned from her.

Gujarati Dal is very different from the lentil recipes of UP and Bihar. It is sweet, tangy, and spicy all at once. Although it is also made using toor dal, the taste is very different from that of North Indian toor dal. It is also much thinner than the North Indian version.

Each Gujarati home has a different way of making this dal, but the final flavor is generally the same.

Serve it with rice or roti and a dry sabji for your everyday Indian-style meals.

What is the right consistency of Gujarati dal?

This dal is thinner than the North Indian-style dal we eat at home.

Let the dal sit in a bowl for 30 minutes to check its consistency. If the water starts to float on top and dal settles beneath, it’s correct. However, there are no rules. If you like your dal thick, keep it thick 🙂

Ingredients

To Cook The Dal

You will need toor dal, raw peanuts, tomatoes, dried kokum, green chilies, turmeric powder, salt, and ginger.

I used Indian green chilies, but you can use any variety that is easily available. You can also adjust the chilies to your taste.

To Add To The Ready Dal

You will need coriander powder, red chili powder, jaggery, lime juice, and cilantro.

Use organic dark-colored jaggery as the light one has chemicals added to it to lighten its color.

For The Tempering

Temper the dal with ghee, asafetida, fenugreek seeds, brown mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilies, cloves (laung), cinnamon (dalchini), and curry leaves.

How To Make Gujarati Style Dal

Cook The Dal

Wash 1 cup toor dal and soak in water for 30 minutes.

Soaked toor dal.

Drain the water and add the dal to an instant pot with the following ingredients.

  • 2 tablespoon raw peanuts
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 dried kokum
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

Add 3 cups of water and stir to combine. Close the lid of the instant pot.

Peanuts, tomatoes, kokum, green chilies, turmeric powder, salt and ginger added to an instant pot. Water also added to the pot.

Set the valve to the sealing position.

Press PRESSURE COOK and press the timer for 10 minutes at high pressure.

Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

Move the valve to the venting and release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.

Whisk the cooked dal nicely using a wire whisk.

Note – To cook the dal in a pressure cooker, cook for 1 whistle on high heat, then reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid.

Cooked dal.
Whisked dal.

Mix The Dal With Spices

Press the SAUTE button on the instant pot.

Add more water to adjust the consistency of the dal. Gujarati-style dal is supposed to be thin like milk.

Add ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, 1 teaspoon grated jaggery, and 2 tablespoon lime juice and mix well. Bring the dal to a boil.

Coriander powder, red chili powder, jaggery and lime juice added to the cooked dal. Some more water also added.

Note – If cooking in a pressure cooker, cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

Check for salt and lime juice and add more if needed.

Ready Gujarati dal.

Temper The Dal

Heat 2 tablespoon ghee in a small pan over medium-high heat.

Once the ghee is hot, add the following ingredients and let them crackle for 5-6 seconds

  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
Asafetida, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and cumin seeds added to hot ghee in a pan.

Add 2-3 dry red chili, 2-3 cloves, 1-inch piece of cinnamon stick, and 10-12 curry leaves, and fry for 3-4 seconds.

Dry red chilies, cloves, cinnamon and curry leaves added to the pan.

Pour the tempering over the cooked dal and mix well.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Tempering poured over ready Gujarati dal. Dal garnished with chopped cilantro.

Pro Tips By Neha

Some people add dates in place of jaggery to sweeten the dal. You can try it too.

This dal has no onion and no garlic, so for people who refrain from eating these ingredients, it’s a good option for them to try. To make it Jain-friendly, skip adding ginger and peanuts as well.

Some of my friends told me that they add some dhana jeeru powder and garam masala powder to the dal for a taste change.

Sweet, tangy, and spicy, Gujarati Dal is comfort food at its best. Use my easy recipe to make it.
4 from 5 votes

Gujarati Dal Recipe

Sweet, tangy, and spicy, Gujarati Dal is comfort food at its best. Use my easy recipe to make it.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Soaking Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

To Cook The Dal

  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 2 tablespoons raw peanuts
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 pieces dried kokum
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

To Add To The Ready Dal

  • ½ coriander powder
  • ½ red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)

For The Tempering

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • ½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dry red chilies
  • 2-3 cloves (laung)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 10-12 curry leaves
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Instructions 

Cook The Dal

  • Wash toor dal and soak in water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water and add the dal to an instant pot with peanuts, tomatoes, kokum, green chilies, turmeric powder, salt, and ginger.
  • Add 3 cups of water and stir to combine. Close the lid of the instant pot.
  • Set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Press PRESSURE COOK and press the timer for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Move the valve to the venting and release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
  • Whisk the cooked dal nicely using a wire whisk.
  • Note – To cook the dal in a pressure cooker, cook for 1 whistle on high heat, then reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid.

Mix The Dal With Spices

  • Press the SAUTE button on the instant pot.
  • Add more water to adjust the consistency of the dal. Gujarati-style dal is supposed to be thin like milk.
  • Add coriander powder, red chili powder, jaggery, and lime juice and mix well. Bring the dal to a boil.
  • Note – If cooking in a pressure cooker, cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • Check for salt and lime juice and add more if needed.

Temper The Dal

  • Heat ghee in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the ghee is hot, add asafetida, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds, and let them crackle for 5-6 seconds
  • Add dry red chili, cloves, cinnamon stick, and curry leaves, and fry for 3-4 seconds.
  • Pour the tempering over the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 55mg, Potassium: 587mg, Fiber: 15g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 380IU, Vitamin C: 40.1mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 4.6mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Dal is an everyday recipe in Indian kitchen. The way you presented this recipe is very good even any one cooking Dal for the first time can do it. Thumbs Up.

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it turned out well. The sweetness did not overpower the taste of the spices as it so often does. Thank you 🙂