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dal methi recipe

Get to know the dal methi recipe and prepare a tasty and healthy side dish. From rice to chapati, roti to dosa, nan to paratha, this dish has a good fit with a wide range of items.

Methi, also called by such names as menthya soppu, vendhaya keerai, menthi kura or fenugreek leaves, is said to be a vault of medicinal properties. So, let's add the dal methi recipe to the list of healthy recipes.

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3 Methi Leaves Health Benefits

Fenugreek (methi) leaves might have antidiabetic potential.1

Fresh fenugreek leaves may be a medicine for indigestion and flatulence.2

Methi leaves might be a treatment for menstrual disorders.3

Everyday cooking ingredients, and a few and simple steps, are a further incentive to know how to prepare dal methi.

Some of the ingredients in the methi dal recipe that not only boosts the nutritional value of this dish, but also its taste are the moong dal and tomato. If you wish you can also add toor dal. Some skip it, perhaps because of gas concerns. If that's not an issue, using toor dal will give an unique taste to methi dal.

To minimize the loss of nutrients in the fenugreek leaves, in the cooking process, cook them in a pressure cooker.4

Methi can also be fried in the seasoning. Frying reduces the bitterness, but is not recommended to preserve nutrients.

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Servings: 3-4


1. Methi leaves / mentikoora / vendhaya keerai / menthya soppu / fenugreek leaves, chopped to fill 1 cup
2. Moong dal / split green gram / hesaru bele / payar paripu 1/4 cup
3. Oil 1/4 teaspoon
4. Garlic 3-4 cloves
5. Onion, chopped, 1
6. Tomatoes, chopped, 1-2

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7. Turmeric, few pinches

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The blog post Benefits of Turmeric has more info on the medicinal properties of turmeric.

Other Ingredients:

1. Oil 2-3 teaspoons
2. Hing / asafoetida 2 pinches
3. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
4. Jeera / cumin 1/2 teaspoon
5. Curry leaves 1 sprig
6. Onion, finely chopped, 1
7. Chili powder 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

red chili powder
Make fresh red chili powder at home.
8. Dhania powder 1/2 teaspoon

dhania powder
Make fresh dhania powder at home.
9. Salt to taste
10. Coriander leaves, chopped, few sprigs

How to Prepare Dal Methi?

Pressure Cook:

1. Pick and clean methi leaves with tender stem.

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Refer to the section How to Pick and Clean Methi Leaves in the Methi Recipes page.

Chop the methi leaves. Cut coarsely.

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2. Add moong dal to pressure cooker.

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Wash the dal.

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Add about 3/4 cup of water.

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3. Add the oil, turmeric, garlic, onions and tomatoes.

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4. Add the methi leaves.

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Pressure cook for about 1 whistle or as desired.

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Sometimes the dal does not cook soft, because of the leaves. After the pressure subsides, check the dal. If it is not soft, cook for one more whistle.

Make the Dal Methi

1. Heat the oil till it becomes hot.

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2. Add hing.

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Add mustard.

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3. Add jeera when the mustard starts to splutter.

Fry till the jeera becomes light golden brown.

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4. Add the curry leaves and onion.

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Fry till the onion becomes light golden brown.

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5. Add the dhania and chili powder.

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Fry for a few seconds.

If the flame is high or seasoning is very hot, the powders will get burnt. In either case, add a few teaspoons of water, after adding the powder.
6. Add the cooked dal-methi mixture.

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Adjust the consistency by adding water.

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Add salt and mix.

Cover and simmer when the mixture starts to boil.

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Cook for about 5-6 minutes.

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7. Add coriander leaves. Mix.

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If the dal is watery, cook for some more time.
8. Dal methi is ready.

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TIPS Dal Methi Recipe
1. Use toor dal as a substitute for moong dal or use a combination of both the dals.
2. Use sprouted moong, in lieu of split green gram, to make this dish tastier and more nutritious.

Here is how to sprout mung.
3. Add one tablespoon of overnight-soaked kala chana in Step 3 of Pressure Cook, to make the dish tastier.