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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Methi Dal Recipe-Methi Dal Fry with Fresh Methi-Fenugreek Leaves

Methi dal or fenugreek leaves (vendhaya keerai) dal is a very delicious dish made with fresh methi leaves, dal and spices. Whenever methi is in season, I make this dal.  Methi dal goes well with chapati, phulkas, parathas, steamed rice and jeera pulao. Today we will learn how to make this simple yet very delicious methi dal following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Methi Dal-Methi dal fry

Methi Dal

Methi Dal

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 3
 Recipe CategoryDal-Side Dish
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Fresh Fenugreek leaves/methi - 2 cups
   Tur dal - 1/2 cup
   Onion - 1
   Garlic - 4 cloves
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Green chilli - 2
   Tomato - 1
   Salt as required

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 1 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Ghee - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Red chilli - 1
   Hing/asafoetida - a generous pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For the Top Up Seasoning

   Ghee - 1 1/2 tsp
   Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
   Garlic - 4 cloves
   Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Slivered ginger - 3-4 ginger strips


Pick and clean methi leaves. Rinse it 3 times in plenty of water as it contains dirt and mud. This is the only difficult part in this recipes. Once cleaned and rinsed, chop it roughly (if needed) and keep it aside.

Pressure cook tur dal with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder for 3 whistles. I normally soak tur dal in hot water for 15-20 minutes before cooking as it reduces the cooking time and dal also gets cooked to a mush. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker, mash the dal well and keep it aside.

Finely chop onions, green chilli and ginger.


Heat oil + ghee in a pan/kadai, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli and hing. When cumin seeds sizzles, add finely chopped garlic, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for a few seconds.

fenugreek leaves dal

Add finely chopped onions and saute stirring continuously on medium heat until onions turn light brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process. 

easy methi dal

Add chopped tomatoes, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and little more salt.

Cook until tomatoes becomes mushy and leaves out oil.

How to make methi dal

Add the methi leaves and cook until it wilts.

Methi Dal Fry with Fresh Methi-Fenugreek Leaves

Add the mashed dal and around 1/2 cup of water.

methi dal fry recipe

Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between to prevent the dal from getting burnt. Check for salt by tasting it. Add if required.

Now we will do the top up seasoning which will take the dish to a different level. This is optional but I love it.

Heat ghee, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add finely chopped garlic and saute until garlic turns a little brown. Turn off the heat and add chilli powder. Mix well and pour the tadka over the dal.

Methi Dal Recipe

Delicious and flavorful methi dal is ready. Serve it with plain steamed rice, jeera pulao, parathas, phulkas or chapatis.

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