Gujarati Khatti Meethi Daal

People often ask me how do you manage your time or find time to do blogging since you are a working professional  and trust me I do work in office :D with no access to social networking site and a highly secured environment :P . To make things worse, my Samsung S duos also hangs every now and then forcing me to remove all APP so I can atleast use it for its most basic function

To answer the above question, I will use a quote which I read few days back and I believe holds true for all. If you have a passion for something you will always find the energy and will do it no matter what come may in your life.So if your passion is sleeping, you can doze off even on a Diwali Eve..

Yesterday I saw a very stirring story in Crime Patrol Dastak in Sony Channel who became the victim of Arabi Kalyanam . It was her passion for to become a graduate which helped her come out of the pitfall she was deceitfully put to and had the courage to fight for herself. In a country like India, even a basic necessity can be luxury for many.  Today that girl is studying and will soon complete her graduation.

You can read her story here if you wish to.

Each day each morning we get up, we should thank the Lord for giving us an opportunity to see another day and feel its beauty. That itself is a miracle. Because not many have that privilege. I live in Pune and since past few days, we are continuously reading the news which is quiet disheartening to hear that the numbers rising every day.

So friends, live each day and enjoy each moment. Because life is precious. Do what you want to do, work on your passions because it is never too late to start what you have always wanted to do.

Past few days, I have been getting requests from my friends to post some Vegetarian Recipes. I do agree my blog floats with many non-vegetarian recipes. But since this is the month of Shravan I will refrain from posting non vegetarian recipes. And I believe the visitors of this blog are always right. So a simple Gujarai Khatti Meethi Daal for all of you.

What You Need:

1/3rd cup Channa Daal Soaked in water for 2 hours

Peanuts Handful (optional)

1/3rd cup Red Masoor Daal

1/3rd cup Moong Daal

2 tbsp ghee or clarified butter

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp fenugreel seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

10 curry leaves

1 tbsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tbsp green chili + coriander leaves paste

Juice of 1 lemon (Original Recipe recommended Tamarind which I have recently become allergic to)

1 tbsp jaggery

1 tsp turmeric powder

3 to 4 dry red kashmiri chili broken into half

Salt to taste



Steps To Make:

Cook all 3 lentils together in a pressure cooker for 15 minutes on medium flame  along with 3 cups of water. If using peanuts, cook along with lentils.

Heat Ghee or Clarified butter in a pan.

Add curry leaves, broken red chilies, and Asafetida.

Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fenugreek leaves.

As it starts spluttering, add green chili paste and ginger garlic paste.

Add turmeric powder and cooked dall to it.

Add salt, jaggery and lemon juice.

Increase the flame and cook for 10 minutes.

Server with rice or roti and your favorite curry.


  1. Dal is staple in our kitchens, this looks interesting Soma..Yummy'

    Kairali sisters

  2. anything that is sweet i am there ... i never knew dal can be cooked sweet ... love it ..

  3. Comforting dhall, love this appealing.

  4. Interesting recipe, Soma..Looks tasty too..

  5. Very comforting dal, looks fabulous..

  6. I'll drink the dal up! It's tasty!

  7. this is such a comforting dal. Nice variation by adding sugar


    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. Simple and delicious, can have it anyday with rice..

  9. dal is my favorite.Loved the addition of jaggery.Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Sweet dal is very interesting, should be a very comforting food:)

  11. Daal is our family fav. we love gujarati daal with dry sabji or stuffed vegetables....adding suran you can make more aromatic daal..we call it lagan ni daal...means wedding daal!!

  12. nice version of dal curry.. loved it. very simple u r right for a dal lover like me its a nice treat.. good one soma

  13. New preparation of preparing daal. Looks wonderful and yummy.

  14. Hey......this is interesting.....Never though i would be reading you blog someday!!!!!