Jan 3, 2012

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal / Moong Dal Seasoned with Spices

Hope you had a awesome new year celebration. We celebrated this new year with a complete vegetarian feast…I made tomato kulambu, rasam, khatti dal, tawa baigan, valakai poriyal along with rice and papad..And lets not forget the desert, I made dal payasam with lots of cashews and raisans in it..And the meal was a total hit..I took pictures of everything and will post it soon one by one..

So I am starting with this simple hyderabadi dal which is so easy to make but delicious and healthy to eat..There are lots of flavourings going around this dish like garlic, ginger, curry leaves and all yummy stuffs..This dal gets its life by the seasoning which we put in last, try to make the seasoning with ghee which gives a awesome flavour to it..

So without any more delay off you go to the recipe..

Preparation Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Split Yellow Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu – 1 cup
Green Chilli – 1 chopped finely
Coriander Leaves  / Cilantro – 2 tblspn + for garnishing finely chopped
Ginger – 1 tblspn finely chopped
Garlic -1 tblspn finely chopped
Curry leaves -1 spring
Tamarind Paste –  1 tblspn or to taste
Turmeric Powder -1 tsp
Chilli powder -1 tsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering / Seasoning:
Oil or Ghee – 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku -1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam -1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli – 1
Curry leaves – 1 spring


Wash moong dal in lots of water untill all starch goes away from it. Let it soak for 15 mins.

Drain it and put it in a kadai. Add 4 cups of water, turmeric, green chilli, garlic, ginger, curry leaves, coriander leaves, chilli powder and mix well.

Bring this to a boil and let it simmer for 20 – 25 mins untill completely cooked and soft.

Now add tamarind, salt and mix well. Let it simmer for 5 mins.

Make seasoning by heating oil. Add mustard and cumin seeds and let it crackle. Add dry red chilli and curry leaves and mix well.

Pour this seasoning over the dal and mix well.

Garnish with lots of coriander leaves and mix well.

Serve this with rice..

Take all your ingrediants ( add dry red chilli too)
Take washed and soaked dal in a kadai
Cover with water
add chilli powder
turmeric powder
curry leaves
ginger & garlic
green chilli & coriander leaves
and mix well
bring this to boil
cover and simmer
untill dal is cooked
add tamarind
and mix well
make seasoning by heating oil
add mustard & cumin seeds
dry red chilli
and curry leaves
Pour the seasoning over the dal
and mix well
throw in lots of coriander leaves
and mix well
taste great with rice


  1. A great start to the new year! :) Love the brown vessel in which you've made the dal!
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

  2. Simply delicious and tempting looking khatti dal.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. authentic and traditional one. Nice clicks

  4. Wow Dal looks really delicious...Nicely written with appropriate pics..
    Will surely try this one..

    Happy Blogging n Enjoy Cooking.....

  5. The soup looks soulwarming and delicious!

  6. I bet this was such a refreshing dish.

  7. Happy New Year to you.Looks like you had an awesome feast with that lovely vegetarian meal!!

  8. Healthy Dal Preparation Dear.Happy and delish Newyear2012

  9. what a way to spice up a simple dal. it looks royal now.. can have anytime with steaming hot rice

  10. Aarthi, I'm so glad you found me, or I might not have found your fantastic blog! I am following you straight after I leave this comment! You have taken so much care over your lovely recipes and pictures I'm sure you will have success in your future career. From today, I'm going to look at your blog first before I cook anything Indian. I am honoured that you liked my little blog; I am quite new to blogging (just over 1 year) so I'm still learning. I look forward to reading all your posts, Sarojini :)

  11. Dal looks delicious it is always my comfort food. Wishing you and family a happy and prosperous New year.

  12. Such a beautiful soup...the garnishing is perfect! Perfect for our cold weather!

  13. Simple and delicious dhal,looks yummm....

  14. This looks soooo delicious! and you make it look so easy too!

  15. This looks delicious and I bet it IS great over rice! It sounds like your New Year's celebration was yummy!

  16. Really yummy dal, loved the step by step presentation and specially that earthen khadai

  17. dal goes very well with rice .. too yummy

  18. looks so delicious....Always your blog is a dangerous place for me,coz your food make me hungry!! :)

  19. Awesome start for new year with a feast... I love hyderabadi dal... thanks for sharing the recipe...

  20. Very healthy and delicious khatti dal.

  21. Delicious daal and lovely presentation...loved the daal and the vessel too much !!!

  22. Hi, glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find you again. I remember enjoying your recipes a while back and then could not find you any more. This dal looks "yummy"!

  23. Simple n delicious luking daal

  24. Hi arathi..thanks for dropping by. i just got back to blogginh , with a fresh one after ages of a gap..almost 3 yrs. nice to meet u..nice blog u have got~!!

  25. Super comforting,delicious dal..

  26. Happy New Year!!!
    Comfort food, authentic and delicious!

  27. hi aarthi, delicious looking dhall. i like dhall gravy with roti or paratha. have a wonderful 2012

  28. Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year...looks delicious and yummy dal...

  29. This looks like a wonderful comfort dish with a real robust flavour. A great dal recipe. Thanks.

  30. Yummy Dish and love the brown pot.Hey where did u get that?

  31. tasty and delicious dal..pics are so cool......

  32. Authentic dish really delcious n beautifully presented...

  33. I'm completely in love with your pot. Fits the delicious dal perfectly!

  34. all of your postings have so many gorgeous photos...I'm impressed!

  35. aarthi, i tried this recipe. Checkout the post in my blog. I have linked your blog as well. :-)

  36. lovely pictures and recipe..



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