Spicy Dal Recipe

Spicy Dal
Spicy Dal

Spicy Dal is a popular Indian dal dish, cooked in a combination of yellow moong dal and chana dal, flavored with ghee and whole spices. This special Dal recipe can easily go with steamed rice, roti or pulao.

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Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups moong dal
  • 1/2 cup chana dal
  • 3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp shah jeera
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 2-3 peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • Chaat masala to sprinkle
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee /oil

How to make Spicy Moong Dal :

  1. Rinse dals and boil in a pressure cooker with 4 whistles.
  2. Check out the boiled dal, it must be soft and water should be almost evaporated.
  3. Melt the ghee in a pan and add whole spices like bay leaves, cumin seeds and all other spices.
  4. Saute for few seconds and then add green chillies, ginger and garlic.
  5. Stir for a minute and immediately remove from heat.
  6. Now you can either pour dal in stir-fried spices, or pour spices into dal.
  7. Turn the gas on and cook dal on low flame.
  8. Add salt to taste and mix the remaining ingredients as well.
  9. Let it simmer until the consistency of dal is slightly thick.
  10. Serve hot with rice or roti.


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