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Methi Dal Recipe

A plain and simple methi dal recipe made with toor dal.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 200 kcal


For Tenderizing Dal:

  • 1 cup toor dal/toovar dal/pigeon pea
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil

For The Tadka:

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon very finely chopped garlic/garlic paste lehsun ka paste
  • 3-4 vertically slit green chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • ½ bunch fresh fenugreek leaves methi leaves
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder


For Tenderizing Methi Dal:

  • Firstly, in a pressure cooker, add the toor dal, add turmeric powder, add water, add oil and pressure cook until dal gets tender or till 5-6 whistles on medium flame.
  • Reduce the steam, add salt, mash the dal and keep aside.

For the tadka with methi leaves:

  • In a small wok, add oil and heat it.
  • Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
  • Add the finely chopped garlic.
  • Add the slit green chillies and stir.
  • Add the curry leaves and let them crackle.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and saute well.
  • Add dried red chillies and stir well.
  • Now add the methi leaves and saute for a long time for about 7-8 minutes on low flame.
  • Add a pinch of salt and red chilli powder, saute well.
  • Transfer this whole tadka into the dal to make fenugreek or methi dal and mix it.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice, chutneys and pickle.


1.Any dal can be used in place of toor dal.
2.Adding oil while pressure cooking helps in quickly tenderizing the dal.
3.To get rid of methi's bitter taste, saute methi in the masala for a long time.
4.Do not add methi more than required else the taste of the dal may turn bitter at times.
5.Add chopped tomatoes too in the tadka if it is preferred.


Nutrition Facts
Methi Dal Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.