Methi dal , Dal fry with fresh methi

methi dal recipe

Methi Dal is a simple dal fry recipe made with fresh methi leaves.  Methi is also known as Vendhaya keerai in Tamil. Though this is North Indian recipe, in Tamil you can call it Vendhaya keerai Paruppu, a literal translation. Methi leaves is packed with nutrients and has numerous health benefits. Though methi leaves taste slightly bitter,  they have a unique aroma which make them desirable. There are numerous recipes that can be tried with these tasty greens like sambar, stir fry, thepla, paratha, pulao etc.,

We get fresh methi  leaves from the nearby Indian store at least once a month. This time when we got it, I made methi thepla and with the left over methi I made methi dal the next day.  This methi dal is made with toor dal (tuvar dal or pigeon peas). This dal fry is flavourful because of the methi leaves. I found it very comforting and delicious. My kids loved it too. This can be served with rice or roti. 

methi dal fry recipe

methi dal, dal fry with fresh methi leaves, methiwali dal

First step is to pressure cook toor dal. In the mean time, clean and wash methi leaves. Then in a pan, heat oil add cumin seeds, then add onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies and fry till onions turn translucent. Then tomatoes are added along with turmeric powder and chilli powder and cooked till they turn mushy. Methi leaves are then added and cooked for 2-3 minutes.  Next cooked toor dal is added along with required water and salt. This is mixed well and the dal is brought to boil and simmered for couple of minutes and the heat is turned off. Finally lemon juice is added and mixed well. Now methi dal is ready to be served.

methi dal recipe

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methi dal, dal fry with fresh methi leaves, methiwali dal


Methi Dal

This is a simple and flavourful dal fry made with Toor dal and fresh methi leaves. This healthy dal is vegan and is served with rice or roti.
Category : Main dish – Gravy
Recipe Developed, Cooked and Clicked by :
Published : August 22, 2016
Prep time : 15 mins; Cook time : 15 mins; Total time : 30 mins
Yield : 6 servings


Ingredients :

  • Toor Dal : 1 Cup
  • Methi Leaves : 1 1/2 Cup
  • Oil : 2 Teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Onion : 1 no.
  • Garlic : 6-7 cloves
  • Ginger : 1 inch long
  • Green Chillies : 2 nos.
  • Tomatoes : 2 medium sized
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Chilli Powder : 1 Teaspoon
  • Salt : to taste
  • Lemon Juice : 1 lemon (about 4 tablespoons)

Instructions :

  1. Pressure cook toor dal and mash them well.
  2. In the meantime, do all the preparation work – clean and wash methi leaves, then chop onions and tomatoes and finely mince ginger and garlic.
  3. In a pan, heat oil add cumin seeds, then add chopped onions, minced ginger and garlic along with green chillies and fry till onions turn translucent.
  4. Then add tomatoes, turmeric powder and chilli powder and cook till tomatoes turn mushy.
  5. Now add the methi leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Next add cooked and mashed toor dal along with required water (about 1- 1 1/2 cups) and salt. Mix well and bring it to boil. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat.
  7. Now add the lemon juice, mix well and serve it warm.

Notes :

  • You can add 1 teaspoon of garam masala to enhance the flavour of dal. In that case, adjust the chilli powder.
  • Instead of toor dal, you can add moong dal too. Or you can use a combination of both.


methi dal

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5 Comments

  1. wow that is one flavorful dal 🙂 would love to finish with sudu suda rice some ghee drizzled on it and some poricha appalam on side ..

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