Methi Mango Dal

Come spring/summer and don't we all like to enjoy mangoes in any form? We have been having a blast with mangoes at home. This week the mangoes (as a fruit) were just as sweet as honey which we very rarely get in our neck of the woods. 

This season, we made a small herb garden in our backyard with some Methi , Mint, Marjoram and Basil. Looking at the fresh methi leaves was so tempting that I grabbed the opportunity to cook this classic combination for a dal. 

The result is a lip smacking, aromatic dal which pleases your palate as well as your senses!! My older one exclaimed that it was the best tasting dal ever!! I couldn't disagree, could I?

Even if this happens to be a basic dal made almost weekly at home (during the mango season), I found that it is not so popular with many of our friends. So I thought I would showcase this dal as part of BM #29. 

Incidentally I found a methi tomato dal in a book by Mrs. Maithili Venkateswar Rao, with a note saying that mango can be substituted for tomato.

Ingredients - 

Fenugreek leaves/Methi leaves chopped 1 cup
Toor Dal (Kandi Pappu)  1 cup
Raw Mango peeled and diced 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)

Methi Mango Dal

Method Of Preparation -

Gently clean the leaves well.

In a pressure cooker boil Toor Dal. Boil chopped Raw mango  and methi leaves separately.

After the cooker cools down, heat a sauce pan and add oil and the seasoning. Wait until the mustard seeds splutter and the urad dal is brown. Saute the chopped green chillies for a couple seconds.

Add the boiled methi-mango and the cooked dal. Sprinkle turmeric and salt to taste.

Let the dal simmer for couple of minutes and serve over hot rice and ghee.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#29.

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 4-5


  1. Pavani Says:
  2. That is an interesting combination. I've made pappu with spinach and mango, but not with methi. Sounds yumm!!

  3. Mouthwatering! Addition of methi does enhance the flavor of the dal. My mom adds little methi to all dals. Yummy!

  4. Akila Says:
  5. Lovely dish... Always love the combo

  6. Bookmarking this recipe! love making it with raw mango. I also have some methi in my backyard, going to try it.

  7. wonderfully done looks fabulous

  8. Jayashree Says:
  9. I love the sound of your herb garden.....must be a treat to cook with herbs you've grown.

  10. Aromatic dal, methi gives an amazing flavor n mango adds that zing to the dal!!! Looks yum, and a must try!!! :)

  11. that would be a flavorful dal with methi leaves and mango

  12. Priya Suresh Says:
  13. Methi and mango,both are my favourite, dal looks comforting and flavourful.

  14. Sunanda Says:
  15. Love adding Adding Mango in cooking always.. Looks delicious..
    Sunandas Kitchen

  16. what an interesting out of the ordinary

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. methi and mango - wow terrific combo... sweet, sour, little bitter, little tangy - that is lip smacking... loved the first picture.. very nice..
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  19. wow..looks good..ya even I use lot of raw mango during daals..curries and even side dishes, it tastes very good.

  20. dsdsds Says:
  21. methi and mango.. such a healthy and flavorful combo.. no wonder your elder kid enjoyed it!

  22. Srivalli Says:
  23. Pictures are so delicious Harini...very nice..

  24. Suma Gandlur Says:
  25. Somehow this season we have not seen sunny weather continuously to grow veggies. And BTW you just transferred me to my MIL's kitchen for a while. The whole summer we would get to eat a mango dish each day. And mango and greens dal was done at least 2 - 3 times per week.
    Yummy dal.

  26. sushma Says:
  27. Dal looks delicious

  28. Unknown Says:
  29. On of the best combinations for dal pictures are making me drool..

  30. Unknown Says:
  31. Perfect dal to have bowl fuls. Love it

  32. Lovely combo...

  33. Unknown Says:
  34. Well 5000 years old dish
    Not new but
    In those days messaging by mouth to ear

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