Gujarati Dal #GujaratiFood101

For about 26 years of my life, I have lived with the fear of Gujarati Dal.  I always thought that it is sweet and pale and full of  complex flavors. The restaurants where I had it a couple of times didnt help me get rid of it.

Soon after I got engaged in Feb 2011, my mother in law made me taste the most beautiful home made Gujarati Dal. It was spicy, sweet, salty and sour. It is a masterpiece.

Here it is for you to tantalize the taste buds.

You shall need:

1 cup… Tuvar Dal [Soaked for 30 min]

1.5 Cup… Water

1 Tbsp…Ghee

1 Tsp.. Jeera

Salt to taste

1.5 Tsp… Sambhar masala [You MUST beg someone to get it for you from Gujarat] However if you dont have this, use red chilly powder. [this is not the sambar masala from the south india. This one is used in Gujarat to make Achaars as well]

1 Tsp… Turmeric Powder

1/2… Medium size tomato chipped finely

Juice of half a lemon

Coriander [Optional]

Scant fistful Peanuts [Optional]


  • Boil the soaked dal with turmeric, peanuts [Optional] and salt for 2 whistles on full flame and one whistle on medium flame.

  • In a pan, heat ghee, add jeera
  • Add the boiled dal to it.

  • Use hand blender to mash the dal a bit.
  • Add the tomatoes and let it boil on a slow flame.

  • Stir occasionally.
  • Add jaggery.
  • Once the froth on the dal is gone, it is ready to be served.
  • Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
  • Taste to adjust the salt, Jaggery and lemon if need be.

  • Serve with Rice or Bhakri.




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