Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 15 mins

This is my trademark Dal recipe I am posting for a friend!!! The ingredients are really approximatations as I am a very instinctive cook. I add/ subtract/ vary quantities of ingredients all the time for the dal to turn out just a little different each time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the dal in the water it soaks in with the next 8 ingredients, in a vessel or pressure cooker till cooked (my pressure cooker takes 1 whistle to cook the dal) In the meanwhile keep the rest of the ingredients ready.
  2. When the dal is cooked heat a tblsp of oil in a kadai/ vessel Add the asafetida and the mustard, cumin and curry leaves in quick succession.
  3. Add the garlic as soon as the mustard splutters.
  4. Then add the onion slices and fry till light brown.
  5. Then add the stock cube and saute.
  6. When you get the aromas add the chopped tomato and then the spice powders.
  7. Add the cooked dal and stir to mix well.
  8. When heated through add the lime juice.
  9. (One tsp at a time Taste and add some more if you feel like it you can go beyond 2 tsp if your taste buds give you the go ahead) Garnish with coriander leaves (we really add a lot of these but I have only put and serve hot over rice).
  10. Try a dry meat dish as an accompaniment.


Most Helpful

This is now Dal As We Like It Too. Made as written and enjoyed by everyone in a group of eight. I got all the ingredients ready before starting which made production a breeze. Girl from Indian, thanks so very much for sharing this recipe.

Leggy Peggy February 04, 2013

Absolutely delicious. On par with my South Indian's mum's dal. The only modification I made was to reduce the amount of dal by 1/2 but keep the spices at the same quantity. I also put some chopped red pepper in a seperate bowl within the pressure cooker and added the cooked red pepper just before adding the cooked dal to the pan. I did miss out the green chillies as I wanted my kids to eat it but next time I will experiment by adding one green chilli.

ashwebster July 16, 2011

Absolutely excellent recipe!! Definitely the best dal i've ever made - had great flavour. Added in some shredded coconut in at the end & served with chapati. Thanks for posting (^-^)

Mellowpuff June 12, 2009

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