Sattvic Tuesdays: Methi Dal / Lentils with fresh fenugreek leaves

Recipe: Tempered lentils cooked with tomato and garnished with methi/fenugreek leaves.

DSC01936      All across, I bet there will be more than 1000 ways of how to prepare a daal/lentil soup or curry, each one different with lentils, spices, tempering ingredients and all other additional ingredients that can go into preparing it. A little math, permutation and combination with the number of ingredients and you will get a large number…and that many ways one can make the curry !!! One of my friends asked if I use fresh methi leaves in curry, to which I nodded in a yes, but the most often and preferred way of including fenugreek leaves in our cooking is preparing it as a bhaji, a dry curry.
     This being sattvic recipe, meaning no onions, garlic and of course no non-veg ingredients in it, a perfect for any Hindu or Jain religious occasions and is vegan recipe too. I’ve combined two lentils, mung daal and masoor daal for the recipe. Once done garnish with some freshly chopped methi/fenugreek leaves.  So here’s the recipe for you’ll to try…

1/2 cup red lentils (masoor daal)
1/2 cup yellow lentil (mung daal)
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/8 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chilies, chopped
pinch of asafetida
pinch of turmeric
1/2 tomato, finely chopped
salt to taste
1 cup methi/fenugreek leaves, chopped

1. Wash the lentil and soak them in water for few minutes.
2. Heat oil in a deep vessel. Add mustard seeds, as they splutter add cumin seeds and green chilies. Add asafetida.
3. Immediately add the lentils, chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric and water as required. Close the lid and let it cook.
4. About 15 –20 minutes on medium flame, the curry will be cooked.
5. Add the chopped methi/fenugreek leaves and close the lid. Keep for another 2 –3 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and serve as a soup or with plain rice or roti.

Preparation Time: 25 – 30 mins

Note: One can also separately cook the lentils and then temper it.
Variation: Use curry leaves for tempering if not using fenugreek leaves in the dish.
                      You can also cook the leaves along with the lentils; or use kasoori methi for garnish.


Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Sharada
How are you? The engineers have the problem of applying Maths everywhere LOL..I am sure you must be doing determinant ,matrix, indeterminate form with 1000 options ..LOL...
I do use fresh Methi leaves in Dal...But your one is different..will try soon...it is great fresh methi season..
I will be travelling , so Merry Christmas and Happy New year in advance.
Have a nice day.
PS I like your comment at my Tikka blog ...

Priya Suresh said...

Thick and healthy methi dal looks absolutely delicious..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Never tried dal with fresh methi,quite interesting,would love to give a try.

SE said...

@Ushnishda...thanks for stoppinn by....can't help but apply maths everywhere :-)

Madhura Manoj said...

Dal looks superb, slurpppp...


divya said...

tats a mouthwatering platter...simply amazing

Hari Chandana P said...

very delicious recipe :)

Sunitha said...

Looks fabulous!

Unknown said...

wow, looks delicious and sooooooooooooo tempting and simple. Please do send it to my MLLA event.

Hayley said...

will try your version too..looks so yummy and tempting !

Namitha said...

Great combination of dals...love the color too :-)

Subhie Arun said...

grt combo of dal..nice version...

frst time..lov ur space..glad to follow u!

Soma said...

Happy new Year to you!!

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