Cook's Hideout: Darbaari Dal

February 03, 2011

Darbaari Dal

Name of this dal definitely sounds very royal and elegant. That’s what I thought when I saw this on Tarla Dalal’s weekly newsletter with Pressure Cooker recipes. My son loves dal and so I made it right away. What’s not to like about smooth, creamy and mildly spiced dal which goes well with both rice and rotis.
Darbari Dal

Masoor dal (Red lentils) – 1/3 cup
Moong dal – 1/3 cup
Toor dal (Kandi pappu) – 3tbsp
Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomatoes – 2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger + garlic paste – 1tsp
Kasoori Methi – 2tsp
Turmeric – pinch
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Coriander powder – 1tsp
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Yogurt – 2tbsp
Cream – 2tbsp
Salt – to taste

  • Rinse dals and soak them in water for about an hour.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds; once the seeds start to sputter, add kasoori methi and onions and cook until translucent. Add g+g paste and cook for another minute.
  • Next add the tomatoes and all the powders and salt; cook until tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Next add the soaked dals; mix well to coat them with the spices.
  • Add 2½ cups of hot water; close the lid and cook for 3 whistles on high. Lower the flame and cook for 1 more whistle.
  • Wait till the pressure releases, open the lid and stir in the yogurt and cream. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

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  1. The name is really catchy Pavani :) I've been making a lot of dal lately and this will be a nice change of taste with the kasoori methi. I am currently in the channa dal phase, will move on to the trio now :)

  2. Looks yum ..adding kasoori methi sounds gud..shall try it

  3. Three different dhals with cream and curd very unusual! Very rich dhal!

  4. I make dal panchmel combining 5 dals! this looks nice! kids get some nutrients this way:)

  5. Name itself sounds interesting..comforting dal..

  6. Yum, I can never have enough dal recipes. This looks delicious.

  7. What a lovely name, i will be trying it out as soon as i can buy some masoor dal. Thank you for the recipe.

  8. Pavani, this is a completely delicious, and healthy dal. We all know that dal contains proteins that are great to maintain excellent health, and you’ve hit the nail on the head, theoretically speaking. Good healthy dishes will keep off the food cravings, while at the same time helping you maintain your ideal weight and fight off the various obesity related diseases rampant today. For some expert tips and suggestions on healthy eating habits visit our blog at


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