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Lemon Dal

| March 13, 2013 Comment

lemon dal

Lemon Dal is what you may want to make if you or your kids are craving something sour and spicy as well as nutritious. Made with toor dal (red gram) and lemon or lime juice, this is a simple South Indian lentil dish that tastes great with rice and roti.

Servings: 4
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup toor dal (red gram)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 tsp of lemon or lime juice

For Seasoning

  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp hing (asafoetida powder)
  • 2 1/2 tsp urad dal (split black gram)
  • 1 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • 3-4 green chillies, slit and halved
  • 1-2 red chillies, broken into pieces,
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 4-5 curry leaves


  1. Cook the dal in the pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and a little turmeric powder for about 5-6 whistles.
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan. Add hing and urad dal. As the dal starts to brown,
  3. add the mustard seeds, green chillies, and red chillies.
  4. When the mustard starts to pop and the chillies start to brown a bit, add the red chilli powder and curry leaves. Fry for a couple of seconds.
  5. Pour the dal in. Add salt and mix the dal with the seasoning.
  6. Let the dal come to a boil, and let it cool.
  7. When the dal is cool, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  8. Serve the lemon dal with hot rice and ghee.

Cooking Tip

Be sure to cool the dal before adding the lemon juice; if you add it when it’s hot, the dal will taste bitter.

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