Thursday, August 12, 2010

Methi / Fenugreek Dal

Some in my house will not eat anything bitter, where in i just go for it. Methi with it's characteristic bitterness, when cooked with dal /lentil will reduce the bitterness and balance the taste. Adding coconut oil enhanced the flavors to this simple dish.


1 cup - Toor dal
1 tsp - Red chili powder 
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
Salt to taste


1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp - Hing powder
1 big - Roma tomato
6 big - Shallots, chopped
5 big - garlic, crushed & chopped
1 bunch - Fenugreek / methi leaves


1 ) Pluck the methi leaves off the stem, rinse and clean well in water. Drain off the water

2 ) Cook dal in enough water with red chili powder, turmeric powder and little coconut oil.Once the dal is cooked add salt to taste and take off the stove.

3 ) Now heat a kadai /wok, add coconut oil for seasoning. When the oil heats up add mustard seeds and let the mustard seeds splutter. Then add hing, shallots and fry till light brown in color, then add garlic fry for a minute. Then add tomato and fry till tomato is well fried. Then add the methi leaves and fry till the leaves wilt on medium flame.

4 ) Now pour in the cooked dal to the kadai. Stir and mix, adjust salt to taste. Simmer and cook for a minute. Take off the stove and serve.

Serve with rice or roti.


Satya said...

love methi dal ...looks delicious


Gulmohar said...

I love fact started loving :-) Coconut oil in idea !

Suman Singh said...

dal is such a comfort food to me..adding methi leaves made it more healthier..looks yummie! said...

Looks great pravs and I am sure tastes as good.

Nitha said...

Delicious gravy..

Mishmash ! said...

hey :)I liked ur second shot a lot :)
I make this too, and love it but with the addition of one more ingredient...a couple of spoons of coconut milk just before turning off the stove...that way it again mellows the bitterness of the fenugreek leaves,,,try cheythu nokkunno? :)

PranisKitchen said...

thats a very healthy one.. good combo

Pravs said...

Satya : Thanks :)

Gulmohar : I wanted to keralize the dal with coconut oil, lol..:) But definitely coconut oil gives a good flavor to dal.

Suman : Do try my way of making it :)

Kothiyavunu : Yes it does.. and easy to make too :)

Nitha : Thanks :)

Mishmash : Cloudy days out here.. not getting a good shot. Happy you like the second pic :) Great idea to add coconut milk towards the end. Will try it out for sure :)

Praniskitchen : Thanks :)

Sushma Mallya said...

I have not used methi this way, heard of dal palak but not this one..looks yum,love the colour pravs...

Saju said...

Just found your blog. Love it.

Ragini Miranda's Kitchen said...

I love the slightly bitter taste of fenugreek .Great recipe!

aipi said...

I love greens in my daal, spl methi..looks delicious..lovely recipe!!
First time here, loving your marked your chilli mango recipe..:)
will b visiting often, do drop in at my space sometime .
take care

Sarah Naveen said...

I love this combo!!! looks simply delicious..

Suja Sugathan said...

Yummy the bitterness of methi..sure must have tasted great.