Spicy Dal

Recipe by usha of dubai, AE

A south indian speciality and a great company for idlis

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 cup tuvar dal
    • 1 cup veggies like drumstick, red pumpkin, onions, potato, brinjal etc (diced)
    • salt to taste
    • 2 tsp tamarind paste
    • 1 tomato
    • 1 piece jaggery

    Grind together

    • 1 tbsp chana dal
    • 1 tbsp dhania seeds
    • 4 red chillis
    • 1 cup coconut
    • 1 tsp methi seeds
    • 1 tsp jeera
    • 1 ping hing powder

    for tempering:

    • 1 tsp oil (preferably sesame or til oil)
    • 1 tsp rai or mustard seeds
    • 1 tsp methi seeds
    • a few curry leaves
    • a few coriander leaves for garnish


    1. Wash and soak tuvar dal in water for 1hour
    2. Meanwhile fry chana dal, coriander seeds, chillis, methi seeds jeera seeds and hing powder in 1 tsp of oil. Add coconut and tomato and grind to a very fine paste. you can use water.
    3. in a cooker, heat one tsp of sesame oil, and add rai seeds, methidana, curry leaves and veggies (cut into big pieces or else they will get mashed.
    4. Add tamarind paste, water soaked dal, salt to taste, jaggery and the ground paste and mix well.
    5. Allow it to reach boiling point and check for seasonings. Add enough water for dal to cook and cook for two whistles.
    6. Garnish with coriander leaves and your sambhar is ready to serve
    7. You can completely omit coconut (to avoid saturated fats) and it still tastes yummy.




    hi madhabi, jaggery is nothing but gur.its used to give sambhar a mild sweet taste.


    What is Jaggery