Jul 24, 2012

Sweet and Sour Dal / Khatti Meethi Dal / Toor Dal Cooked with Tamarind, Jaggery & Spices

While we were young my mother does her dal curry atleast 5 times a week.  We love to have dal with rice, ghee and papad..We will have it with some spicy chilli pachadi(I will post soon), since that curry was so bland, but the taste was so good. Nowadays I too cook lots of dals to make my family healthy..But my dals will be little spicier and has tons of flavours in it..

This is one of the dal which is packed with all types of taste in it..It has spiciness to it along with sourness and lets not forget  sweetness too..I made this a month back and it disappeared in no time..We had it with roti, but I am sure it will taste great with roti..

I hope you will love it and tell me if you try it..


Toor Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu - 1 cup
Tamarind paste - 1 tblspn
Jaggery / Sarkarai - 2 tblspn
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Ghee - 2 tblspn
Cinnamon / Pattai - 1 small stick
Cardamom / yelakai - 3 crushed
Cloves / Krambu - 3
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 2
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Coriander powder / Malli podi - 1 tblspn
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp


Wash dal in lots of water. Soak it for 30 mins. Now drain it and add it to a pot and cover it with water.

Cook the dal for 20-30 mins till it is completely cooked.

At this point you can adjust the water level.

Now add in tamarind,jaggery and salt. Mix well.

Now start by making the tadka. In another frying pan add ghee and heat it up.

Add all the ingrediants given in the tempering list in the given order and saute on low heat for a min.

Pour this seasoning over the dal and mix well.

Simmer this whole thing for 5 mins.

Serve over rice or roti.

Take all your ingrediants
Soak dal for 30 mins...
add it to a pot and cover it with water
cover and simmer till dal is cooked
now add tamarind
add jaggery
add salt
and mix well

Now make the tadka
add in all tempering ingrediants
along with asafoetida
coriander and turmeric
chilli and garam masala
mix well
pour this over the dal
and mix well


  1. never tried toor dal with jaggery.. sounds very interesting..

  2. khatti meethi dal looks really good

  3. yummy yummy dal..no one can say no to this...

  4. Best combo for rotis..... Evergreen dish...

  5. delicious and all time comfort food.. love it!

  6. Interesting recipe,comfort dal.

  7. Delicious and comfort dish,luks yum...

  8. Simply love the combination of dal and jaggery dear..looks gd:)

  9. I have been going through your blog silently since yesterday. I am a total Andhra food fan n I love your recipes. This is totally yumm. Khatti Meethi Daal. Mi have to make it for sure

  10. Lovely dish! I made it last week and served it with carrot & bean thoran. My husband who isn't too fond of tamarind in his food said this was the best way to use tamarind he ever saw. I think this dal curry might become a regular item in our meals.


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