Fenugreek Flavored Lentil Curry – Dal Recipes


      This traditional Indian dish is often served over rice or roti . This recipe is the combination of  fenugreek leaves, toor dal and bengal gram dal. It is not only delicious, a good source of non-meat protein and it also has a number of health benefits. It taste absolutely delicious when you eat it with a tsp of ghee.


          1 Small Bunch of Fenugreek Leaves, Chopped

    To Pressure Cook

          1/4 Cup of Toor Dal
          1/4 Cup of  Bengal gram Dal
          1 Medium Size Tomato, Finely Chopped
          1 Green Chilly, Finely Chopped
          1/2 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
          1 Tsp of Oil
          1/2 Tsp of Salt
          2 Cups of Water
     To Temper

           3 Tsp of Oil
           1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
           1 Tsp of Urad dal
           1/2 Tsp of Cumin
           1 Red Chilly
           Pinch of Asafoetida
           Curry Leaves
           2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped


  • Soak both the dals in enough water for 1/2 hr. Drain the water and wash the dals in cold tap water. Keep this aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, add toor dal, bengal gram dal, turmeric powder, oil, salt, chopped tomato, green chilly and water, cook this for 5-6 whistles. Switch off the stove.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add red chillies (break it), mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin. After they sizzles, add a pinch of asafoetida, curry leaves and chopped garlic, fry for 1-2 mins.
  • Add chopped fenugreek, saute for 1 min.
  • Add the cooked dal to a pan, cook it for 2 mins. Check the salt and switch off the stove.
  • Hot Fenugreek flavored lentil curry is ready.


  • Serve this dal with Potato Peas Fry or Colocasia Fry 
  • You can follow the same recipe with spinach or any greens.
  • You can enrich the taste by adding 1tsp of ghee.
  • You can also add lemon juice while serving.

     Health Benefits of Dal and Greens

  • Lentils are high in fiber and protein, and low in fat. Eating lentils and other foods that are rich in soluble dietary fiber can help decrease high cholesterol 
  • A dish of basmati rice with moong dal combines carbohydrates, protein, fiber and fats for a healthy, balanced meal. The rice provides carbohydrates for quick-release energy.
  • Fenugreek Leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and good source of protein and Iron.

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  1. Amy says:

    Your Fenugreek Flavored Lentil Curry looks wonderful. What a great way to have some protein without the meat. 🙂 The color is beautiful too.

  2. Amelia says:

    Hi Gayathri, love your dal curry, look very inviting. Nice to eat with any rotis. Beautiful click..

    Have a great week ahead.

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