Dill Dal

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Dill Dal

Dill leaves come from the healthy green vegetables family, but are not as popular as the other greens because of the strong pungent smell.  I have already put up dill rice, green rice, dill sweet idlies, spicy idlies and today, I would like to put up dill in toor / tuvar dal which has a great taste. Also, the masalas make this North Karnataka dish an intoxicating combo with rice or roti.

What you need to have:

1. Toor Dal – 1/2 cup

2. Chopped Dill greens – 1 and 1/2 cup

3. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

4. Chopped onions – 1/2 cup

5. Chopped tomatoes – 1/2 cup (optional)

6. Chilli powder – 1 Teaspoon

7. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

8. Dhania-Jeera powder – 1 Teaspoon

9. Chopped Green chilli – 2-3

10. Garlic pods – 6-8

11. Chopped coriander leaves – 2 Tablespoons

12. Salt – as per taste

13. Cooking oil – 2 Tablespoons

Toor dal & chopped dill leaves

Ingredients of seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and finely chop the dill leaves, peeled onions fine, green chillies, peeled garlic, and washed cilantro. Also chop tomatoes(optional) and keep these aside separately as shown above in image-1 and 2.

2. Cook toor dal in the cooker as usual till smooth and is as shown in the image below.

Cooked toor dal

3. Place a skillet with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil on medium flame. When heated, add mustard seeds to it.  Let the seeds splutter, then add chopped green chillies and garlic and fry for a while.

Frying the seasoning

4. When done, add chopped tomatoes.  When it gets mushed up, add chopped onions and required quantity of salt to it and fry till done. Now add chilli powder, dhania-jeera powder and turmeric powder and just give a stir.

Seasoning being fried

5. Add chopped dill from step-1 and cook  on simmering the flame till done

Chopped dill being cooked

6. Add cooked dal from step-2 and mix well.

Cooked dal being added to the seasoning

7. Add required quantity of water to it and bring to a boil.  Check for salt.  Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice and also with roti/chapati.

Ready to serve Dill Dal

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

8 thoughts on “Dill Dal

    Shriannalakshmi said:
    November 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Wonderful and easy recipe. Tried your recipe today, came out well.Thanks for guiding us.

    Pavani said:
    November 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I never used dill in a dal dish. Will give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Apu said:
    November 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Love this dal – I love adding Dill to dals!!

    deepa said:
    November 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

    i would like to try this today im going to use dill leaves for the first time

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Deepa,

      If you are using for the first time , you may feel it to be a little strange because of the pungent aroma of the greens, but gradually you will surely like it. It is very good from the point of view of health.

    Shubhada said:
    April 7, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Recipe sounds good, but lot of mistakes, needs to be edited. Ingredients do not mention onion and all of a sudden chopped tomatoes comes, but they do not seem to be used in the recipe

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Shubhada,

      Thanx a lot for your comments and having dropped by my blog as well. Let me also thank you for pointing out the mistakes which sometimes happen by mistake. I have edited the recipe and reconciled the same and posted it. Once again thanx a lot.

    Ritesh Sharma said:
    December 28, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    The recipe sounds very unique and interesting. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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