How to make Srilankan Dal Curry - Dal cooked with coconut milk in the Sri Lankan way

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Split red lentils (masoor dal), Turmeric powder (हल्दी का पावडर)

Cuisine : Sri Lankan

Course : Dals and Kadhis

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Srilankan Dal Curry

It is a fact that Dals and Kadhis are comfort foods and they are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B and iron. Dals, especially are a major source of dietary fibre and proteins. Kadhis are a blend of yogurt and herbs which assist in efficient digestion. Every region has its locally grown herbs and spices as the key ingredients, thus a variety of kadhis are relished across the length and breadth of Indian subcontinent.

For more recipes related to Srilankan Dal Curry checkout Thikri Ki Dal, Sookhi Masoor Dal, Panchmel Dal. You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Dry Dal with Imli Leaves, Panchvarna Rasam, Sprouted Beans Kadhi, Makhanewali Kadhi.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Srilankan Dal Curry Recipe

  • Split red lentils (masoor dal) soaked and drained 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder ¼ tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Onion 1

  • Green chillies 2

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) ¼ teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Thick coconut milk ¼ cup

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Put red lentils, 2 cups water, turmeric powder and salt in a non-stick pan and mix well. Cover and cook till the lentils are done.

Step 2

Slice onion.

Step 3

Slit green chillies without cutting through and add to the pan.

Step 4

For tempering, heat coconut oil in another non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves and onion and sauté for ½ minute.

Step 5

Pour the tempering over the cooked lentils and mix well. Add coconut milk and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add lemon juice and mix well. Cover and cook for a minute.

Step 6

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.