Manchmel Dal Recipe

Manchmel Dal Recipe is the unique combination of several tasty Indian lentils. It is one of the most famous Punjabi dal that can easily goes with rice or roti. I have used Chana dal, masoor dal, moong dal and urad dal for making such a delicious Indian dal dish just for you.Manchmel Dal

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 cup Yellow Split Peas (channa dal)
  • 1 cup Yellow Mung Beans (moong dal)
  • 1 cup White Gram Beans (urad dal)
  • 1 cup Red Lentils (masar dal)
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-1/2 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 1 big onion thinly chopped
  • 4 tomatoes chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-5 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp cooking oil
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • Salt to taste

How to make Manchmel Dal :

  1. Clean all the lentils thoroughly in several changes of water.
  2. Place them in a deep pot / vessel with 6 cups of water, salt and half of turmeric powder.
  3. Bring the water to few boils and stir often to prevent the beans from sticking to the bottom of the pan or lumping together.
  4. Cook over medium heat, partially covered, for about 15 minutes.
  5. Simmer the flame and keep dal on low heat until you make the seasoning.
  6. Heat the oil in a big pan and saute the cumin seeds.
  7. Later fry the onion with cumin seeds until translucent.
  8. When the onions seems cooked, add ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  9. Saute altogether for few more minutes and then add tomatoes.
  10. Stir the mixture often by shaking the pan, until it looks slightly browned.
  11. After few stirring, add remaining ingredients and cook over moderate heat.
  12. Pour the prepared mixture into dal and stir very gently to mix.
  13. Garnish with good amount of chopped coriander and serve hot.


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