Methi Dal

Jun 2020



  1. Boil the dry toor dal with 2 cups water and the turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the dal is nearly falling apart (about an hour).
  2. Pour off and reserve any cooking liquid from the dal.
  3. Heat the oil or ghee. Drop a few mustard seeds into the cold pan; once they hiss and pop, put in the remaining mustard seeds, cover, and turn the heat down.
  4. When the popping subsides and the oil is fragrant, add chili and curry leaves. When the oil stops foaming and you can smell the curry leaves, add the garlic and onions. Cook until the onions are translucent and the garlic is slightly browned but not burned.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft. Add the chopped methi and cook until wilted.
  6. Add 1.5c of cooked dal and thin with cooking liquid to reach your desired consistency. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a few minutes to bring the flavors together. Add salt to taste, then sprinkle chopped cilantro on top.