Methi-Tomato Dal is a typical preparation at home. In summers, when Raw mangoes are available I substitute tomato with Mango. For us, Dal is a everyday dish and is kind of a must-have. It is also the main source of protein for us, vegetarians. 

In US, where we live, methi leaves are not always available. So we rely mostly on the frozen leaves. Needless to say, fresh methi leaves in dal is heaven on earth! I don't need to talk about the health benefits of methi leaves as it has been very well established and widely talked about. For a variety, try Methi-Tomato Dal with Masoor Dal. Trust me, it is worth a try!

Methi Tomato Dal with Masoor Dal

Methi Tomato Dal with Toor Dal

Ingredients - 

Fenugreek leaves/Methi leaves chopped 1.5 cups
Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu) / Masoor Dal 1 cup
Tomato chopped 1/2 cup
Salt as per taste
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies 6-7 (or as per taste)
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Jeera (Cumin seeds) 1 tsp, Hing couple pinches, 1 dried red chilli, curry leaves)
Lemon Juice 2 tsp or tamarind juice 2 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation - 

Gently clean the leaves well.

In a pressure cooker boil Toor Dal, tomatoes and methi leaves or Masoor Dal, tomatoes and methi leaves.

After the cooker cools down, heat a sauce pan and add oil and the seasoning. After the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal is brown add the boiled fenugreek leaves and the dal. 

Add chopped green chillies ,turmeric and salt. (If using tamarind juice now is the time to add) 

Let the dal simmer for couple of minutes and (Squeeze in the lemon juice now if not using tamarind juice) serve over hot rice and ghee.

Note - The methi leaves can be sauteed and boiled in the sauce pan along with the seasoning. But I prefer to pressure cook as it is faster and hassle free for me!

Sending this simple Dal to 'MLLA #30' hosted by Priya Mitharwal and initiated by Susan and also to 'Anyone Can Cookhosted by Umm Mymoonah.

Serves Approx 4 Adults

Preparation Time 35 min
Posted by Harini on Thursday, December 30, 2010


  1. veena Says:
  2. This is definitely a very healthy dal with the lovely methi flavor

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Wishing u a happy and prosperous new year to u and ur family..very comforting dal,just love it..

  5. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  6. Very comforting dhal, thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook.

  7. Unknown Says:
  8. No tomatoes??

  9. Harini R Says:
  10. @Unknown - Thanks for the observation, I edited the post.

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