Saturday, December 11, 2021


 This is a very healthy dal preparation with the addition of moringa leaves in South Indian style. Moringa leaves have a great nutritional properties and should be added to our diet in some form or the other.

Toor dal ......... 3/4 cup
Moringa leaves .... 1 cup
Tamarind ............. lemon sized (soak in water)
Turmeric powder ... 1/2 tsp
Salt ............... to taste

Ingredients for roasting:
Raw rice .... 1 tbsp
Red chillies .. 1 or 2
Cumin seeds .... 1/2 tbsp
Coriander seeds . 1 tbsp
Grated coconut .... 3 tbsps

Ingredients for tempering:
Cumin seeds ......... 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds ...... 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves ....... few
Asafoetida ......... 2 pinches
Oil ................... 1 tbsp
Sambar powder .... 1 tsp (optional)

1. Soak dal for 2-3 hours.
2. Dry roast the raw rice, red chillies, cumin and coriander seeds first, push them aside and add grated coconut.
3. When the moisture of the coconut is gone mix everything together and roast them a bit until they give out a nice aroma.
4. Cool the mixture and grind adding little water as required.
5. Pressure cook toor dal with little salt and turmeric powder.
6. In a pan take one cup of water and boil the moringa leaves adding little salt and turmeric powder.
7. After 4-5 minutes stir in the ground masala paste and tamarind water as per your taste. 
8. Cook them for a minute or two and add the boiled dal without mashing it. 
9. Give it a gentle stir and check the salt. 
10. Now in a small pan fry the tempering ingredients, switch off the flame and add sambar powder.
11. Stir it into the prepared dal. The texture of dal will thicken on keeping. So adjust it accordingly.
12. Serve it with plain rice, any poriyal and appalams.

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  1. Moringa is one of my favourite green. So, no doubt the dal will be too. I don't get fresh ones often, is it OK to use dried ones?

    1. Dried ones may not taste the same as they loose the flavour when we dry them.

  2. What a wonderful way to use fresh moringa leaves in a dal. Back in Mombasa we get moringa leaves in abundance. Will try out this recipe when I'm back there. Nice thick dal with rice is comfort food.

  3. Love this thick comforting moringa dal. I can easily source some moringa from a friend so will definitely call on them. This moringa dal is a must make it is different from what I make. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Archana. It really is healthy. Do check out my other moringa recipes too when you get the moringa greens.


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