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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Panchmel Dal

For Dinner, I wanted to do something special, I was browsing for interesting dish to serve along with chappathi and came across this recipe by Tarla Dalal. I did some minor changes to fit our personal taste and it was a hit. Panchmel Dal, as the name suggests has five lentils. It is spicy and tangy gravy. 

Original recipe from Tarla Dalal

What are the ingredients needed?

Toor Dal, 1/3 cup
Channa Dal, 1/3 cup
Moong Dal, 1/3 cup
Urad dal, 1 Tablespoon
Whole moong, 2 tablespoon
Chilli powder, 2 teaspoons
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Garam masala, 1 teaspoon
Oil, 1 tablespoon
Ghee, 2 tablespoon
Slit Green chillies, 2 nos
Cloves, 5- 6 nos
Bay leaves, 2 nos
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida, a pinch
Amchur powder, 2 teaspoon
Tamarind extract, 2 teaspoon
Salt, to taste
Water as needed
Cilantro, to garnish (optional)

How it is made?
  1. Wash all the five dhals together and pressure cook them.
  2. Let the pressure release and mash them.
  3. Mix chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala with 3 tablespoons of water and set this masala mixture aside.
  4. Heat oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, add cumin seeds,green chillies, asafoetida, cloves and bay leaves and fry them for a minute or two.
  5. Then add the masala mixture and saute for another couple of minutes.
  6. Then add the mashed dhals, amchur powder, tamarind extract and salt to taste and mix them well. Add water to get the desired consistency and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Serve them hot with rotis or any Indian flat bread.

  • It is a spicy gravy. You can adjust the spice level to your taste.
  • Keep an eye on the gravy while it is simmering, it gets burnt at the bottom, so use heavy bottomed pan, keep stirring occasionally.


  1. divya, when r u back, i want a taste all the food items. your pictures are tempting. hope tara and tejas are enjoying

  2. Just can't go wrong with this dal

  3. Very interesting recipe Divya. Bookmarked

  4. wow delicious and comfort dal,luks yum...

  5. Such a super flavourful,thick and droolworthy dal,looks yummy.

  6. i love dal so much... it looks so yumm... drooling...

  7. fantastic daal..lovely blend of flavors:)

  8. That is a very comfort food... Yumm

  9. I always love to cook dal with a combination of dals, looks superb..

  10. Very delicious n nutritious dal, looks very inviting!

  11. Panchmel dal looks delicious. I make some time.

  12. Healthy and delicious dal

  13. liked using amchur for this. looks tasty and healthy too

  14. similar to the panchratna dal I made - looks delicious


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