Gujarati Dal

Gujarati dal, a traditional recipe, tuvar dal/pigeon peas cooked with sweet, spicy and tangy flavors, a perfect accompaniment with rice/roti.

Dal is an absolute favorite of many Indian household. And mine is no different. My elder one, is a happy kid, if i serve him Rice & Dal everyday.

Having said that, you can get easily bored when you eat the same thing again and again. But, with the varieties of dal available in Indian cuisine, you can make a different dal recipe everyday without repeating it.

Like this Chana dal, a simple recipe of gram dal cooked and tempered with spices or like this Dal Lucknowi, also called the nawabi dal for its richness that comes from the milk.

Gujarati dal

This tuvar dal recipe is inspired from Sukham Ayu cookbook by Jigyasa Giri & Pratibha Jain. Even though i have the book, I haven’t followed the recipe exactly. But, kept the flavor profile the same.

The cookbook is a treasure of Indian recipes. It has lots of information about ayurveda. It talks about the health benefits of cooking the traditional way. My favorite section in the book, is the variety of soups.

How to serve the dal?

The gujarati dal has a perfect consistency, it is not too thick nor thin. It pairs perfectly with rice or with roti/phulkas. I would recommend serving this gujarati dal with steaming hot rice, dry subzi and some pickle for a comforting meal.

Gujarati Dal

Gujarati dal, a traditional recipe of tuvar dal/pigeon peas with sweet, spicy and tangy flavors, a perfect accompaniment with rice/roti.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gujarati dal recipe, How to cook mashed toor dal, How to make dal for lunch, Indian dal recipe, Khatti meeti dal recipe, Rice accompaniment recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Pressure cooker
  • Sauce pan


  • 1 cup split red gram/pigeon peas tuvar dal
  • 4-5 pieces dry soft kokum/tamarind pulp i have used tamarind pulp
  • 4-5 pieces drumstick
  • 4-5 pieces elephant yam i didnt use
  • 1 tbsp groundnut
  • ½ tsp red chili powder see notes
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp jaggery or to taste
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish
  • fresh ginger julienes for garnish


  • 2 tsp ghee/oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds/ kadugu
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds/ jeera
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 4-5 nos red chilies
  • 2 nos green cardamom
  • 2 nis clove
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Wash and soak tuvar dal for 20 minutes. Pressure cook it with turmeric powder, adding twice the amount of water until soft. Keep aside until use.
  • When the dal is cooking, prepare the vegetables you are using for the dal. I had only drumstick, you can add mixed vegetables too. Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup water and extract juice.
  • Heat a kadai with oil given under tempering, splutter mustard seeds,add hing, cumin seeds, fenugreek, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf.
  • Next add the drumstick to the tempering and the tamarind extract. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the drumstick is a half cooked.
  • To this add the cooked toor dal, 1 cup water, groundnuts, red chili and coriander powder and salt. I have equal amounts of red chilies and coriander seeds pulsed together, i have used this in the recipe
  • Let the dal come to a boil and the drumsticks get fully cooked. This might take around another 15- 20 minutes. Once the vegetables are done. Add jaggery to the dal.
  • After 2-3 minutes, garnish with fresh coriander leaves, ginger juliennes, garam masala and take it off the heat.
  • Serve the dal with steaming hot rice for a comforting meal


  • This gujarati dal can be made with vegetables or without vegetables. i had some drumsticks in my fridge, so used the same in the recipe.
  • The recipe  inspired from the Sukham Ayu Cookbook. Though i havent followed the recipe to the T, i have kept the flavor profile similar.
  • The original recipe uses green chilies, since i was making for my kiddos lunch i omitted green chilies and have used 1/2 tsp red chili powder instead.

I served this dal with jeera milagu rasam, cabbage-carrot subzi and vegetable saagu.

Indian thali with dal, rice

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Khatti meeti dal

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  • Cholar dal, a bengali style chana dal, cooked with whole spices
  • Lachko, pressure cooked toor dal mashed and tempered with spices