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Gujarati Tuver Dal/Yellow Lentils Soup

Updated: May 9, 2021


Sometimes simple food makes the most impact. I have grown up eating dal with every lunch meal. Full of healthy proteins and easy to make this has been my go to lentil recipe. I have been asked from my American friends to share my recipes for dal so here it is.⁠

Also, if you think that Gujarati dal is very sweet and there's no other taste to it- then my friend- let me open your mind. Gujarati dal is a balance of all the taste buds- the sweetness of Jaggery, the bitterness of Fenugreek/Methi seeds, Sourness of lemon and saltiness of salt makes it a perfectly balanced meal. You can have it as a soup or mix it with rice to make a complete meal.

The recipe for Gujarati dal is very unique as it is a combination of sweet, sour and spicy taste. I love to add boiled peanuts in my dal which adds the crunchy taste and earthiness of peanuts to the dal. ⁠You can totally omit peanuts if you are allergic.


for pressure cooking:⁠

▢½ cup toor dal/yellow lentils (soaked 30 minutes)⁠

▢½ tomato (finely chopped)⁠

▢1 tbsp lemon juice or tamarind paste⁠

▢¼ tsp turmeric⁠

▢½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder⁠

▢½ tsp roasted coriander powder⁠

▢½ tsp roasted cumin powder⁠

▢¼ tsp garam masala⁠ (optional)

▢1 chilli (slit)⁠

▢1 tsp ginger paste⁠/ 1 tsp crushed/chopped ginger

▢1 tsp salt⁠

▢1 tsp jaggery / gud/ sugar- optional⁠ (I love my Gujarati Dal slightly sweet and sour)

▢1 tsp oil⁠

▢2 cup water⁠

▢2 tbsp peanuts⁠

other ingredients:⁠

▢1½ cup water⁠

▢2 tbsp coriander/cilantro (finely chopped)⁠

for tempering:⁠

▢1 tsp ghee / clarified butter⁠

▢1 tsp mustard⁠

▢½ tsp cumin / jeera⁠

▢¼ tsp methi / fenugreek seeds⁠

▢2 dried red chilli- optional⁠

▢few curry leaves- optional⁠


In a pressure cooker take ingredients listed for pressure cooking and pressure cook for 5 whistles.⁠

Alternatively, you can boil the lentils along with peanuts for 20-30 minutes or until the lentils are mushy.⁠

Once boiling is done. Whisk the dal until it turns creamy and smooth; add 1½ cup water or as required; mix well adjusting consistency as you prefer.⁠

Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the flavors are well absorbed.⁠

Prepare the tempering and pour over dal. Taste for salt and lemon. Adjust accordingly.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.⁠

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