Gujarati dal recipe – how to make gujarathi dal recipe

Gujarati dal – a simple, delicious and sweet n sour dal recipe prepared with toor dal, jaggery, peanuts, ginger and mild spices is a very comforting dal which goes very well with rice.  Tomatoes added to it gives a tangy and sour taste and jaggery gives the sweet taste.  Instead of tomatoes you can also use kokam.

This Gujarathi dal is a no onion no garlic recipe and is little thin in consistency and best served with steamed rice or jeera rice.  Tempering or seasoning with ghee gives a good flavour to the dal.   The ideal balance of sweet and  sour taste is required for the success of this recipe.  A healthy and comforting dal, this dal is a staple food in all Gujarati homes.  Do try this dal for a break from the routine and enjoy with steamed rice or jeera rice.

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Prep Time :  20 mins

Cook Time : 20 mins

Servings :  2-3  persons

Indian cuisine


Tur dal or tuvar dal (pigeon peas) – 3/4 cup

Ghee or oil – 3 tablespoons

A pinch of asafoetida or hing

Mustard seeds or rai -1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi dana – 1/4 teaspoon

Green chillies – 3 ( chopped finely)

Ginger or adrak – 1 inch sized (chopped finely or grated)

Tomato – 1 (medium sized chopped finely)

Peanuts – 1/4 cup

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Grated or powdered jaggery – 2 tablespoons

Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing

Salt to taste


Wash and soak the toor dal for half an hour. Add turmeric powder to it and pressure cook the toor dal and peanuts with sufficient water,  for upto 4 whistles or till cooked.  (Keep the peanuts in a separate vessel and pressure cook both toor dal and peanuts simultaneously)

Once cooled down, with the help of a blender,  blend the dal with little water,  to a medium consistency or desired consistency.  Keep it aside.

Heat ghee in a pan on a medium flame.  Add mustard seeds and allow it splutter.  Once the seeds stops spluttering, add jeera and methi seeds and stir fry till they turn golden brown.

Add green chillies, grated ginger and saute for 25-30 seconds  on a low flame.


Add chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes become soft.  Now add the boiled peanuts and blended dal and mix. well.


Add red chilli powder, jaggery and salt and stir well.  Simmer the dal on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.  If required, here you can add little water and adjust the consistency of the dal.  The khatti meethi (sweet and sour) dal is now ready to be served.


Garnish the dal with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice and phulka.



Instead of tomatoes, you can also add lemon juice at the end, after switching off the flame.  Tomatoes or lemon juice – gives a  tangy taste to the dal and balances the sweetness of the jaggery.

Soak the toor dal for half an hour, as it reduces the cooking time.

You can also garnish the dal with grated coconut alongwith chopped coriander leaves.

Cooking the dal with ghee gives a great flavour.

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