Five Lentil Dal

This is a mixture of all dals/lentils.  You may use any five you like.

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Serves: 4-6
Recipe Type: Jain, Vegan, High Protein. Gluten Free


1/4 Cup Chana Dal
1/4 Cup Split Green Mung Dal
1/4 Cup Tuvar Dal or Split Pigeon Peas
1/4 Cup Urad Dal or Split Matepa Beans
1/4 Cup Split Masur Dal, red in color
2    TBsp Clear Butter or Oil (for Vegan)
2    Medium Tomatoes, cut
4-6 Cups Water or as needed
Salt to taste
1    Tsp Turmeric
2    TBsp Coriander & Cumin Powder
2-3 Cloves
2-3 Sticks Cinnamon Sticks
1    Small Ginger, shredded or Paste
1    Small Green Chili, chopped
Few Leaves Curry (optional)
1    TBsp Lemon Juice
1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
1/4 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 Cup Onion
2    Cloves Garlic


  1. Mix all of the Dals.
  2. Rinse all of the dals thoroughly 3-4 times. 
  3. Soak for at least one hour.
  4. If you cook with a pressure cooker, time it for two whistles otherwise bring to a boil and let it cook for ten minutes until dals are tender and cooked.
  5. Heat the oil or ghee in a separate pan. Add Cinnamon stick, cloves and cumin seeds.
  6. Let it sizzle it for few seconds. Add onion, garlic, spices and then tomatoes.
  7. Add all of the spices, add boiled dal.
  8. Add lemon juice and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently so it does not stick to the bottom on very low heat.  (This dal has a tendency to stick to the bottom of the pan)
  9. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  10. Enjoy!
  • Less water is needed if a pressure cooker is used. 
  • Use 1 cup of lentils for every 2 cups of water. 
  • If you add water, make sure it is hot water.
  • This dal is very famous in state of Gujarat, India.
  • Easy and tasty preparation for wholesome Protein.
Nutrition Facts are for Entire Recipe.
Divide by 4-6 for Single Serving

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