Khatti Dal Recipe Hyderabadi, Hyderabadi Khatti Daal

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal is a very popular dal recipe mainly made in hyderabad which is a tangy tamarind tomato dal and often accompanied with kebabs or koftas as side dishes…

It can be served with shami kabab, mutton kofta, potato fry, chicken fry andhra style, andhra fish fry, prawn fry, karela fry, bendakaya fry  etc…

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It is basically pressure cooked with yellow lentils/pigeon pea(Toor Dal) and tomatoes and then tangy tamarind pulp is added and the whole dal  or khatti dal is boiled with herbs and finally it is finished by giving an aromatic tadka.


‘Khatti’ is a term used in hindi or urdu for the english term ‘sour’ and hence called as khatti dal as the dal gives a slight tangy taste and is a soupy kind of dal.

Here in this recipe I am making the khatti dal using ‘toovar dal’ but it can also be replaced with ‘masoor dal’ and the recipe procedure to be followed is the same.

            Dal recipes are common in south india. South Indians prefer eating dals in their day to day life. Dal is basically a dish which is made with lentils of many types red, yellow and green.


These vegetarian dals are common in Indian households mostly in South India and North India. Dal is usually cooked and tempered but there are different variations to it which I will be sharing as I keep updating with recipes on my blogDal is usually an accompaniment mainly with rice or roti.

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Cooking different versions of dal with different lentils and giving a good tempering really gives out a good flavour. The consistency of the Dal varies with different daal making methods which I will be updating as I keep posting.

khatti dal recipe

              Hyderabadis do not eat dal everyday but whenever dal is made it is either a katli which is nothing but dal and leafy vegetables are mixed and cooked or a khatti dal which is made occasionally in hyderabadi households.

                   Dal is twisted as kaddu dalcha or mutton dalcha or katli and made usually and they are always eaten with some kebabs or papad or pickle.

How to make hyderabadi khatti dal recipe below with detailed instructions and video:

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Khatti Dal Recipe Hyderabadi, Hyderabadi Khatti Daal
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A tangy tomato tamarind khatti dal generally made in every Hyderabadi Muslim household and eaten along with rice and kababs...
Recipe type: Dal
Cuisine: Hyderabadi
Serves: 5-6
For pressure cooking the dal:
  • 1 cup Toor dal/toovar dal/pigeon pea(yellow lentils) washed
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 3-4 slit green chillies
  • 3-4 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 glass of water
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • one small lemon sized tamarind, extracted pulp
For boiling the dal:
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tsp roasted coriander seeds powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 2 slit green chillies
For tempering/tadka:
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds(jeera)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds(rai)
  • 1 medium size onion, finely sliced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 dried red chillies
  • 10-15 curry leaves
For pressure cooking the dal:
  1. Add toor dal in a pressure cooker, add water, turmeric powder, green chillies, chopped tomatoes and pressure cook on sim flame for around 15 minutes or until dal gets tender.
  2. After the dal is cooked, reduce the steam of the cooker, mash the dal into a thin fine paste.
  3. Add red chilli powder and mash it well.
  4. Add tamarind extracted pulp to the mashed dal , stir it well.
For boiling the dal:
  1. Add salt as per taste and add roasted coriander seeds powder.
  2. Add green chillies, add curry leaves, add fresh coriander leaves and bring it to a boil and keep aside.
For tempering/tadka:
  1. Heat oil in a tadka pan.
  2. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, let them begin to pop up.
  3. Add finely sliced onions and cook till they turn slightly pinkish.
  4. Add garlic cloves and stir well.
  5. Add dried red chillies , stir well for few seconds.
  6. Add curry leaves and allow them to crackle.
  7. Add the tempering to the dal.
  8. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
1.Dal can be soaked for a while inorder to get it tenderised/soft quickly. This dal recipe is good for winters as it is little watery and tangy.
2.In order to make it good for winters one can add black pepper powder while boiling as it gives us the warmth.
3.In order to cook the dal faster add a tsp of oil to tenderize it quickly.
4.Here, in this recipe I have added finely sliced onions and garlic cloves to enhance the flavor of tempering and to give aroma however, they can be skipped as they are not added in a traditional hyderabadi khatti dal.
5.Some Hyderabadi khatti dals are made by adding ginger garlic paste while tenderizing the dal and it is optional and can be preferred if one is willing to add.


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