Imli Dal ka Kofta

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Main Ingredients Split red lentils (masoor dal), Split Bengal grams (chana dal)
Cuisine Fusion
Course Main Course-Veg
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Select Taste
Level of Cooking Medium
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Imli Dal ka Kofta

  • 200 grams Split red lentils (masoor dal)
  • 200 grams Split Bengal grams (chana dal)
  • 150 grams Potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 50 grams Fresh coconut grated
  • 8-10 Black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 3 Green chillies
  • 3 teaspoons Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • a pinch Asafoetida
  • to taste Salt
  • for deep-frying Oil 2 tablespoons +
  • For Gravy
  • 150 grams Tamarind
  • 150 grams Jaggery
  • 150 grams Dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Black salt
  • 6-8 Curry leaves
  • 3 teaspoon Coriander leaves chopped
  • to taste Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Oil


  1. To make kofta, wash lentils and soak for an hour. Drain out the excess water from the lentils and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add sauté coconut till lightly browned.
  3. Grind coconut, cumin, black peppercorns and lentils till coarse.
  4. Add turmeric powder, boiled potatoes, red chilli powder, green chillies, asafoetida, coriander, salt in the lentil mixture. Mix well.
  5. Make small balls of the mixture and deep fry till crisp and brown and keep aside.
  6. To make gravy, add tamarind, jaggery, dates and required water and cook on a low heat till everything comes together. Remove the scums from the mixture. Drain and keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and sauté for a minute. Add this tempering to the tamarind mixture.
  8. Add required water to it and cook for 5-10 minutes till gravy consistency.
  9. Add black salt, salt, red chilli powder. Add the koftas and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.