Last updated on April 30th, 2019
Indian dal recipes collection for main course or side dish. Dal or lentils is the staple Indian food and cooked almost daily in all Indian homes. There are so many variations in dal recipes based on regional Indian cuisines. In this collection you will find delicious healthy dal recipes or lentil recipes you can cook as main course or side dish.
Which Dal Is Best For Indian Cooking?
dal means lentils in Hindi. In Tamil we call it paruppu. There are so many lentils cultivated and used in India in various recipes. Of all the types, four important dals widely used in India are
- arhar dal or toor dal or pigeon peas
- moong dal or green gram
- urad dal or black gram
- chana dal or Bengal gram. Masoor dal or pink lentils are used widely in north India.
While all the above mentioned dals are best for Indian cooking, you have to choose a particular dal based on the recipe you are making.
Which Dal Is Used For Dal Fry?
You can make dal fry with toor dal or moong dal. There are also many dal fry recipes with masoor dal or chana dal.
Which Dal Is Best For Sambar?
In south Indian dal is used mainly for making sambar and kootu. We also mix salted cooked dal with rice and ghee. For making sambar we use toor dal in most recipes. Some recipes like tiffin sambar call for moong dal.
How Do I Cook Dal Without A Pressure Cooker?
If you cook dal on a daily basis, a pressure cooker will be your best bet. It saves time and fuel. However if you want to cook directly on stove top without a cooker here are the instructions.
First of all pick and rinse the dal well. Next you will need more water for aged dal. I suggest you use 3/4 water for 1/2 cup dal.
Bring the water to a rapid boil and add salt. Adding salt helps in faster cooking. You can also add a pinch of turmeric powder to speed the cooking. Add the lentils to the boiling water and mix well. Cover and cook in medium flame till the dal gets completely cooked. It should turn soft and mushy. Be sure to use a deep and big vessel as lentils froth a lot while cooking.
After cooking you can strain if there is any excess water. I suggest start with 3/4 cup water and add more as you go to retain the nutrition. If you still have some excess lentil cooked water you can use it for making rasam or sambar. With all these tips, here are delicious and healthy dal recipes from north and south Indian cuisine.
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North Indian Dal Recipes
Dal Fry– delicious and quick to make restaurant style hearty and yummy dal fry with toor dal. Serve dal fry with jeera rice or rotis.
Moong dal fry– Another variation of dal fry made with moong dal.
Chana dal recipe– Healthy and flavorful dal recipe with bengal gram
Restaurant style dal tadka– one more delicious and healthy dal recipe with less oil.
Dhaba dal– robust, rustic and wholesome dal recipe as served in street side dhabas
Lasooni dal tadka– Flavorful and delicious garlic flavored dal.
Palak dal-Healthy dal recipe wit spinach leaves
Methi dal– fresh methi leaves and toor dal cooked into a healthy and hearty stew.
dal makhani– Traditional punjabi style black gram curry slow cooked with butter and Indian spices. Tastes best with rice.
Gujrati dal– An everyday staple sweet and sour dal recipe made in Gujrati homes with a combination of three lentils.
Moong dal chilla– Healthy and delicious crepe or chila made with whole green gram. Tastes best for breakfast wit sweet chutney
Moong dal halwa– Classic Rajastani sweet dish made wit split green gram.
South Indian Dal Recipes
Kadappa recipe– very healthy and tasty side dish recipe with moong dal and potatoes
Ashoka halwa– Tamil nadu style halwa recipe with moong dal.
Mamadikaya pappu– spicy, tangy and delicious mango dal as made in Andra pradhesh. Serve with rice and ghee.
Bisi bele bath– Karnataka style rice with lentils and veggies
Ven pongal– Healthy and hearty breakfast from Tamil cuisine with rice and lentils.