Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Methi Daal / White Lentils with Fenugreek leaves

Methi Daal .... Mash Ki Daal ( White Lentils ) & Methi ( Fenugreek leaves ) cooked in a tomato based curry.

Methi Daal ( White Lentils with Fenugreek leaves )

* Prep. Time : 15 minutes
* Cook Time : 45 - 50 minutes
* Serves : 4 - 6

Ingredients :
  • 125 gm. Daal Maash ( White lentil )
  • 250 gm. fresh fenugreek leaves ( Methi ), washed & roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. red chillies powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt ( or to taste )
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger, cut in very thin slices

Method :
  • Wash & soak the lentil in water for about half an hour.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. 
  • Add onion and fry on medium heat until it turns golden.
  • Add cumin seeds; fry for few seconds.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, red chillies powder, turmeric powder; fry for few seconds ( take care not to burn it ).
  • Add tomato, salt and ( 1/2 cup ) water.
  • Cover & cook on medium heat for 15 minutes until the tomatoes are softened & the water dries out.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture leaves oil.
  • Add the soaked lentil, fenugreek leaves & water ( use less water as fenugreek leaves will release their own water ); stir well.
  • Cover & cook on low heat until lentil is tender, but not mushy & the water is almost dry.
  • Add green chillies & ginger.
  • Serve with Chapati or Naan along with fresh salad.  

Sending this to My Legume Love Affair-36, an event created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook and this month hosted by Aqua of Served with love

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


  1. very healthy curry.........nd that tomato rose looks cute.........

  2. hmmm..nice garnishing :)
    i m sure the taste will be great too!!!
    thnx 4 sharing recipe

  3. Wat a healthy,nutritious and protein packed dal, awesome and delicious..

  4. Nice preparation Ambreen...I love methi daal..but have only eaten the gravy kind, this dry preparation looks too good.

  5. Wow!!! healthy. I must try this making some day.

  6. Dal looks delicious and healthy..will make a gr8 combo with hot parathas..
    Sunanda's Kitchen

  7. Very healthy and tasty looking daal. Awesome presentation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. Thank you Sameeja , Khadija, Priya , Raji, Zareena, Sunanda & Deepa for your wonderful comments. Thank you for being so encouraging :)

  9. Excellent presentation,yummy dal too..A new version to me.

  10. so healthy and delicious dal !! very interesting version !!

  11. Oh, this looks very tasty, and is also very healthy. Like your presentation Ambreen!

  12. Protein packed and healthy,delicious.

  13. Wowwww... sounds delicious and tempting.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. :)

  14. Thank you so much Julie, Sravani, Vimitha, Tanja, Suja & Divya for being so kind about my post :)

  15. A recipe I will try for sure! Thank you... Your blog is fantastic!

  16. Healthy recipe and delicious too!

  17. Looks like a healthy, flavorful dish and I love your pretty presentation!

  18. Healthy and delicious recipe.Lovely presentation.Love the rose
    South Indian Recipes

  19. Very healthy indeed.. That rose is one of my fav too..

  20. I could not locate what is white lentil! Is it split moong dhal?

    Its a healthy recipe for sure.

  21. Thanks a lot Eftychia, Sharada, Rumana, Faith, Madhu, Padhu, SouthIndianHome, Rinku & Mahi for liking it :)

    @ Mahi: No dear, it is not Moong. White lentil is split husked black gram. Also known as Urad(with the black skin removed) / Dhulli Mash ki dal or Mash ki Dal in Urdu. Hope this helps :)

  22. it Urad dhal?? I never used it in a regular side dish with Methi. We use it for making idly and vada!

    I used to wonder what would be that white lentil whenever I see your recipes.Thanks for clearing my doubt yar! :)

  23. Dear Mahi. I always get confused with the lentils. Glad it is clear to you, now. Hope you give it a try :)


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