Once again from the great book of  '660 curries' by Raghavan Iyer, here is a unique, tasty, creamy and rich and healthy gravy which tastes great both with Rice or Roti. We were simply bowled over by the unique taste, texture and blend of flavors. My happiest moment was when both my little ones ate multiple servings (though smaller !!)

So for Day 2 of this marathon, this protein packed Dal Kurma will be it. Check here to know what my fellow marathoners are upto!

Dal Kurma

Ingredients -

Whole Masoor Dal (Red Lentils) 1/2 cup
Whole Moong Dal (Whole green gram) 1/2 cup (I used yellow moong dal instead)
Ginger Paste 1 Tbsp
Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Cardamom 5-6 pods
Cinnamon 4-5 inch piece
Almonds, blanched 1/4 cup
Raw Cashews 1/4 cup
Whipped cream 2 Tbsp
Green Chillies 2-3 (or as needed)
Onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Salt as needed
Oil / Ghee 2 Tbsp

Notes - The original recipe called for 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Since I had whipped cream I just used a couple tablespoons of it and yet it was very rich!

660 curries

Method Of Preparation -

Pick any stones, wash the dals 2-3 times and pressure cook the dals adding the ginger paste, garlic paste, cardamom pods, turmeric and cinnamon adding sufficient water.

Blend the blanched almonds, cashews, green chilllies to a smooth paste.

In a heated saucepan, saute the finely chopped onions until they are crisp. Add 1/2 cup of water and the nutty paste. Wash the blender with water to get all the remnants of the nuts :)

Dal Kurma

If preferred, remove and discard the cardamom and cinnamon sticks from the boiled dal. Add the dal to the simmering mixture.

Add salt and coriander leaves and stir continuously for about 2-3 min. Remove from fire and serve hot with Rice / Roti / Naan.

Sending this to 'Proteinicious' by Sobha, 'My Legume Love Affair' by SusanLets Cook: Subzis for Rotis of Tickling Palates.

Preparation Time 45 min 
Serves 5-6 
Posted by Harini on Sunday, July 17, 2011


  1. Shobha Says:
  2. Sounds interesting...

  3. Dal kurma looks so delicious and inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Suma Gandlur Says:
  5. Interesting dal. As the name suggests, the spice - nut combo would work for vegetables too.

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. yummy, creamy and healthy too...

  8. Aarthi Says:
  9. this looks so inviting

  10. Vardhini Says:
  11. New one .. looks yummy.

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  12. delicious and surely unique recipe..

  13. Cilantro Says:
  14. Nice creamy kurma. Looks delicious and no wonder your kids liked them. Name sounds interesting too.

  15. jayasree Says:
  16. I usually make kurma with vegggies. And with dal sounds interesting.

  17. Kurryleaves Says:
  18. looks delicious...cant wait to try it

  19. Dal looks so rich with the nuts and cream...

  20. Srivalli Says:
  21. Very bright and inviting Harini, will surely try this sometime..name sounds catchy!

  22. Jayashree Says:
  23. I've been reading so much about this book and its recipes.....must get myself a copy soon.

  24. Suman Singh Says:
  25. Dal kurma looks rich, creamy and delicious..

  26. rich and yummy looking dal

    MEC - Potato Feast

  27. divya Says:
  28. Healthy and tasty dal kurma..Looks great!

  29. Susan Says:
  30. A lovely, lovely creamy dish from one of my favorite Indian cookbooks. You can really get lost in all those recipes. I could get lost in this bowl of dal.

    Thanks, Harini, for sharing with MLLA.

  31. Kalyani Says:
  32. sounds interesting :-)

    New Event: Indian Mithai Mela ending 8th Aug
    Ongoing Event : Dish it out- Mushroom and Onions – all this July

  33. Kalyani Says:
  34. Must try !

    New Event: Indian Mithai Mela ending 8th Aug
    Ongoing Event : Dish it out- Mushroom and Onions – all this July

  35. Rekha shoban Says:
  36. sounds gud....interesting!

  37. jayanthi Says:
  38. Wonderful recipie! I had mixed sprouts and added all the ingredients instead of dal. The result was awesome! The guests who had come home...all men- feasted on it and asked me how it was made as they had never tasted something like this before! Thanks Harini for sharing this recipie

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