Panchmel Dal (5 Lentil Dal)


  • 2 tbsp each of moong dal, chana dal, urad dal, masoor dal and toor dal
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • For the tadka –
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 dry red chilli, broken in half
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Method –

  1. Wash and soak all the lentils for about 30 minutes
  2. Boil the lentils with 600 ml water, 1 tsp salt and half of the turmeric powder
  3. Heat the ghee in a wok
  4. Add onion and cook until golden brown
  5. Add the remaining salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder and sauté for 1 minute
  6. Add the tomato and cook till soft
  7. Pour this mixture over the lentils and bring to boil
  8. Turn off the heat
  9. Add coriander leaves and lemon juice
  10. Heat the ghee for tempering and add all the ingredients
  11. When the garlic turns golden, add this tempering to the dal
  12. Cover for 2 minutes before serving

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