Recipe: Lentils and sprouted fenugreek seeds curry !!
Using fenugreek seeds in our cooking was not our forte as we just used it in making dosas or a special puri that was made just once a year for some religious event. But this changed when I was a paying guest with a family. I learnt a lot of Tamil dishes while in Pune! Aunty used to make good use of fenugreek seeds in her cooking and we enjoyed some of the typical dishes that she made. Since then its has been of my favorite spices, used in variety of dishes.
Methi dal is very famous recipe in which fenugreek greens are used. But if you are unable to get the greens, the sprouted seeds will serve the purpose. Unlike the greens these sprouts don't have too much of the bittery taste. I had prepared this dal/curry, combining toor dal and the sprouted fenugreek seeds. The curry had a nice aroma and methi flavor. This goes well with steaming white rice or just have it as a soup ! This goes to the Yasmeen’s Health Nut Challenge-4 and to CWS-Fenugreek Seeds hosted by me and started by Priya.
1/2 cup toor dal(pigeon peas)
1/8 cup methi seeds( sprouted 1/4 cup )
1 medium size tomato, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/8 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chili powder or according to taste
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
pinch of asafetida
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
1 strand of curry leaves
minced garlic (optional)
Pre Prep: Soak the methi seeds in water for 5 – 6 hours. Then drain the water. Keep these seeds in closed container and rinse with cold water after 8 – 12 hours. The sprouts will be ready in 24 – 36 hours.
1. Cook toor dal, methi sprouts, chopped tomato, onions with enough water in a pressure cooker or vessel(will take lot of time)
2. Once cooked, heat oil in a deep vessel. Add mustard seeds, as they splutter, add asafetida and curry leaves.
3. Add the cooked dal, salt, turmeric, chili powder and bring it to boil. Let it simmer for couple of minutes. Take off from heat.
4. Serve with rice or just have it as a soup !!
Preparation Time: 25 - 30 mins
Serves: 2 - 4
Nice click...Dal curry looks super yummy!!!!
Sprouted Methi seeds is interesting, dal looks yum.
The Daal looks yumm and healthy!
They look so good and very healthy too.
Never tried sprouted methi seeds,lovely healthy curry...
I can't say that I've ever really used fenugreek seeds in cooking either but thanks for giving me all of these new ideas! I can't wait to experiment with them.
Dal looks fantastic SE...will be posting my version of dal with bottlegourd with a spice powder prepared with fenugreek seeds soon..
Never tried sprouted methi seeds..looks wonderful..Also loved the sprouts click :-)
Daal looks perfect and delicious..:))
I guess this wud go well with steamed rice!
healthy and appetising curry with a nice click.
wow dal luks perfect....nice way of using fenugreek seeds...awesome recipe
Never sprouted the methi sounds too delicious this dish!
Looks light and comforting!
Sprouting the methi makes it even more healthier. I am so sure SE that the daal will taste good.
Nice healthy dish!!.. looks perfect!.. thank you for the recipe:)
Never sprouted methi seeds before, but its a great idea! I'll surely try it soon.. may be for your event itself :)
sounds delicious..love the click..
Hey this is very new !! Never heard or sprouted the methi seeds, nice will look for this soon !
Hey just saw a post on sprouting methi at somoo's blog and here u are with a wonderful healthy recipe with it!Thanks dear.
HEalthy dal...looks so colorful
Thats very healthy and would be perfect with hot white rice...i usually do dal palak,have to use methi and see how it turns out to be..thanks for the recipe
Healthy and delicious dal curry...
Comforting dal, Mom makes it like this but slightly different!!! I was gonna make some during the next couple days to comfort my soul from snow... Nice pics!!!
Sprouted methi SE? That is something I have'nt tried, it looks good. And it is a tamil dish? Thanks for sharing.
thanks everyone for stopping by..
@ruchika...hey I don't know if it belongs to tamil cuisine, but the first time I had it was with a Tamilian family in Pune..but not sure abt the original, since aunty(she was born and brought up in Pune) always had hindi names for the tamil dishes !!
hi dear, thanks for sharing this one, as I'm always looking for more ways to use methi dana in my cooking....gonna soak some today itself.....
Oh SE, thanks. It looks delish. Though I am from TN, even I dont know many tamil dishes and I was hungrily reading your post and kept thinking, wow, she knows secret dishes that I dont :)
Let me know if you want me to feature the seeds event on my side bar. My entry is coming soon.
Very healthy dhal using sprouted seeds, usually I prepare this by adding in rice or podi. Will post it soon for your event :)
So interesting! Looks great.
Using sprouted methi seeds in dhal is such a neat and healthy idea ! The dhal looks yum, looking forward to trying this one out soon :-)
You know I have yet to use fenugreek! This dal looks so good and I especially love its bright color!
thanks for dropping by. Will try the dal next time I make the sprouts...
sprouted methi..something new to me..it looks so nice and the dal looks so tempting..
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