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Everyone has a comfort food isnt it… The food you crave when u have nothing else to do, when u wee bit down… when may be your mood is not uptight or may be the health is not the best… For N its rasam-rice…. and for me its dal-roti… seriously when nothing works Dal-Roti does…

And hence I love experimenting with dal, mixing various dal’s together, adding some veggies to it… the variations give dal a face lift and make it an all new dish which is yummy and healthy too…

So when after marriage I first eat this dal which is the favorite of my mil too, I fell in love with it… a dal which has all my fav elements – dal, methi and palak… But unfortunately toor dal doesn’t suit me too much these days… gives me terrible gas so I came up with my own version of this dal which now everyone in the house enjoys totally………


  • A cup channa dal (use toor dal if u want to)
  • 2 bunches of fresh methi (fengureek)
  • 3 bunches of fresh palak (spinach)
  • 8-10 shallots or baby onions (I love their flavour and the crunch in the mouth they leave, however mil uses normal onions so feel free to use them if u don’t have baby onions)
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp channa dal
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp jeera seeds
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 2-3 dry red chillies
  • 1 medium sized tamarind ball
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp sambhar powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp corriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric


  • Wash and chop methi and palak leaves finely.
  • Boil together with dal, chopped tomato, slit green chillies, salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker
  • Let the steam escape.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard jeera seeds to it
  • After they turn brown and start spluttering add the urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves and dry red chillies.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes till the dal browns a little
  • Add onions to the same and fry them till golden brown
  • Add all dry masalas, fry for another minute
  • Add the dal, mash a bit along with the tamarind water.
  • Let it simmer for about 5 minutes or so
  • Serve hot with rotis or rice