How to make Methiwali Dal -

A masoor dal preparation with an abundant flavour of methi leaves

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Split red lentil (masoor dal) , Fenugreek leaves (methi)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

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Methiwali Dal

Methiwali Dal Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Methiwali Dal Recipe

  • Split red lentil (masoor dal) 3/4 cup

  • Fenugreek leaves (methi) 1 bunch

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Onions 2 medium

  • Green chillies 2

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Garlic 6-8 cloves

  • Whole dry red chillies 2

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Pick, wash and boil dal with salt and turmeric powder in five cups of water.

Step 2

Clean, wash and chop fenugreek leaves. Peel, wash and chop onions finely.

Step 3

Remove stems, wash, deseed and finely chop green chillies. Peel, wash and chop ginger and garlic.

Step 4

Remove stems of red chillies. Heat oil in a kadai. Add whole red chillies and cumin seeds. When cumin seeds begin to change colour, add onions and green chillies.

Step 5

Cook till onions are soft and translucent.

Step 6

Add ginger and garlic, cook for half a minute. Add the boiled dal.

Step 7

Bring to a boil and add chopped fenugreek leaves. Simmer for two minutes and serve hot.

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