Mixed Dal

Preparation Time: 45-60 minutes
Kitchen Equipment: Pressure Cooker
Serves: 6-7


* 1/2 cup chana dal, (also known as yellow split peas)
(Note* all dals available in Health Food Stores or Indian grocery stores)
* 1/2 cup mung dal
* 1/4 cup toovar dal, (also known as red gram dal)
* 1 1/2 tsp. salt
* 10 curry leaves
* 2 medium potatoes, grated raw
* 1 cup grated raw pumpkin
* 1 onion, chopped
* 4 Tbsp. sunflower oil
* 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
* 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
* 1 onion, chopped
* 4 Tbsp. sunflower oil
* 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
* 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
* 1 pinch asafetida also known as hing
* 1 green chili
* 1 heaped tsp. sambhar masala - see basic recipes Masala
* 1/2 tsp. garam masala
* 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
* 1 heaped tsp. coriander powder
* 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
* 1 Tbsp. cilantro, fresh coriander leaves, washed and chopped


1. Mix the beans together and wash twice in cold water.
2. Drain well and place in a pressure cooker with fresh water, 1/2 tsp. salt and 5 of the curry leaves. Cook until tender, about 15 minutes, depending on your pressure cooker.
(Note: If you do not own a pressure cooker, you can prepare the beans by first washing them, then soaking in water overnight. Rinse, drain and simmer in a large pan with fresh water for about 1 hour.)
3. Shred the potato and pumpkin with a fine grater.
4. Peel and chop the onion. Place in a blender and grind to a liquid paste. Set aside.
5. In a blender, grind the cooked beans with 2 cups water.
6. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, stir in cumin, asafoetida, chili and the remaining 5 curry leaves.
7. Add onion paste and cook over low-medium heat until light brown.
8. Add sambhar masala, garam masala, turmeric and coriander powder. Stir well.
9. Add shredded pumpkin, potato and 1/2 cup water. Cover and let simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
10. Mix in the blended beans plus additional 1 1/2 cups water.
11. Season with lemon juice and 1 tsp. salt.
12. Simmer the dal for several minutes more.
13. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Health Benefits

This recipe for Mixed Dal is very tasty and it gives energy. It is also very nourishing due to its high protein and brings deep nourishment to the tissues (dhatu).