Feb 23, 2013

Panch Phoron Dal / Moong Lentils flavoured with Panch Phoron Spices

I hope you must have made yourself a jar of that lovely panch phoron spice mix which i posted yesterday. Now on to the question, what do you do with it, there are possibly more than thousand ways of using that spice mix. One of the famous way to use it up is in some lovely dals.

Add this spice mix to your regular dals and see how the humble dal turns into a spectacular meal within seconds. I am sharing with you a flavourful dal recipe which is made with the basic, moong lentils. 

This recipe is a kind of sweet, salty, sour dish. The sweetness comes from the jaggery. The sourness comes from the kokum, i added it because i bought a packet of that and was wondering what to do with that. you can easily substitute kokum with tamarind pulp. All these flavours tied together in this lovely dal to form a amazing recipe.

I made another recipe using the panch phoron spice mix, to go with this dal. I will be posting that in a couple of days. So stay tuned and let me know if you tried this.

I would love to hear your ways of using this lovely panch phoron spice.

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 35 to 40 mins
Serves : 4 to 5


Split Yellow Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu - 1/2 cup
Kokum / Kodampuli or Tamarind- 2 small pieces
Ginger Garlic - 1 tblspn minced finely
Turmeric powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Jaggery / Sugar  - 1 tblspn

For Tempering:
Ghee / Clarified Butter - 1 tblspn
Panch Phoron Spice Mix - 2 tblspn (Click here for recipe)
Asafoetida / Kaya Podi / Hing - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Green Chilli - 2 chopped finely
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Ginger Garlic - 1 tblspn minced


Take your moong dal and wash it well. Cover with water and let it soak for a good 30 mins.

Now add the soaked dal into a sauce pan and cover with water.

Add in turmeric, salt, kokum, ginger garlic and mix well.

Bring it to a boil and simmer the flame and cook it for 20 to 30 mins till the dal is completely cooked.

Now add in the jaggery or sugar and mix well.

Now make the tempering. Heat ghee and add in the panch phoron spice and let it saute for 30 sec.

Now add in assafoetida, onions, green chilli and curry leaves and give it a good stir.

Add in ginger and garlic and saute for around 3 mins till the onions turn golden brown.

Pour this tempering over the cooked dal and mix well.

Serve over rice.

Take all your ingredients
Panch Phoron Spice Mix( Click for recipe)
Very Intense Kokum
Soak your dal first..
Take them in a sauce pan and cover them with water
Add few kokum pieces in
Add half of the ginger garlic in
Add some salt and turmeric powder
bring everything to a boil
simmer and cook till the dal is cooked
Add some jaggery in
Now make the tempering..Heat ghee
Add in the panch phoron spices in
Add a pinch of hing
Now goes onions, green chillies and curry leaves
Add in the remaining half of the ginger and garlic
give it a good saute
till they turn golden
Pour the seasoning in
Mix well


  1. I have heard a lot about panch phoron, but never tried this. Looks yummmm..

  2. Delicious and comforting panch phoron dal. lovely preparation.

  3. wow... those spices r new fr me... seems to be so flavorful

  4. You rock! appreciate your patience in getting stepwise pics arthi!

  5. I was eager to know what is Panch Phoron. This looks good and I am sure it might have been awesome.

    Raksha's Kitchen

  6. Nice to know about the paanch phoren, thanks for sharing a lovely recipe.


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