Khatti-Meethi Daal

Sweet and sour daal variety.

Recipe by Harsh Tripathi of Kanpur, IN

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 cup Arhar/tuar Daal
    • 1 tbsp. mint leaves finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp. broken jaggery
    • 3 tbsp. tamarind water
    • 3 green chillies
    • Few Curry leaves
    • 2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp dhania powder
    • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 2 pinch of asafetida/hing
    • salt and water.
    • 2 tbsp deshi ghee


    1. Wash and pressure cook dal in two cups water for few whistles.
    2.  Cool, remove, drain and keep aside both dal and water used for cooking.
    3. Remove two tbsp dal and keep aside. Beat the remaining dal with a hand whipper, adding the water that was kept aside.
    4. Crush green chilli and ginger together. Make a paste of all the dry powders in 1/4 cup water. keep aside.
    5. Heat ghee in a saucepan and add the seeds. Add ginger garlic and stir. Add asafoetida, mint, masala paste and stir for a minute.
    6. Add jaggery, tamarind water and stir. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add dal. Boil for 6-7 minutes. Check taste for salt and spiciness.Garnish with chopped coriander.
    7. Serve with hot steamed rice. Before serving, lace it with 1tsp deshi ghee.


    jean chaurasia

    Harsh, this was good and well liked by everyone. Thanks.