Gujarati Dal

Gujarati dal is somewhat unusual in that is tastes sweet. It's a perfect comfort food. My version of it is rather thick, but it's also common to have it with a soup like consistency - just increase the amount of water.

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Yield: 6 servings


  • 375g split pigeon peas (toor dal)
  • 900mL water (~900g)
  • 40mL sunflower oil (~36.4g)
  • 4 green chilli pepper (~12g)
  • 1small knob fresh ginger (~8g)
  • 2 tsp whole cumin seed (~4g)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric (~2.5g)
  • 1.5 tsp ground coriander seed (~3g)
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds (~9g)
  • 1 tsp asafoetida (~2g)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (~1g)
  • 5g salt
  • 4 medium tomatoes (~360g)
  • 30g unrefined caster sugar
  • 75g raw peanuts
  • 70mL lemon juice (~72.1g)


  1. Rinse the split peas and then add to a saucepan pan with 900mL water and bring to the boil - gently boil for 20 minutes or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, finely dice the chilli and peeled ginger and set aside.
  3. Measure out the spices, mustard seeds and salt and set aside.
  4. Peel and dice the tomatoes and set aside.
  5. Heat the oil in another pan - test the heat by adding a mustard seed, it should pop quickly if it's hot enough.
  6. Add the spice, mustard seeds and salt - stir for about 30 seconds.
  7. Add the diced chilli and ginger - stir for about 1 minute.
  8. Add the diced tomatoes and remove from the heat.
  9. Mash the split peas well in their cooking water, then add the contents of the oil/spice pan to the mashed split peas, along with the peanuts, sugar and lemon juice. Add additional water if you feel the dal is too thick.
  10. Stir well and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

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Special Diets

  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Gluten free


Per 100g Serving (315g)
Energy 512kJ 1618kJ
Energy 122kcal 386kcal
Fat 4.4g 14g
  of which saturates 0.59g 1.9g
Carbohydrates 15.9g 50.3g
  of which sugars 2.4g 7.4g
Fibre 3.7g 11.7g
Protein 5.7g 18g
Sodium 108mg 342mg
  as salt 0.28g 0.87g
Fruit/veg portions 0.25 0.78

Values are based on nutritional values of the ingredients, it doesn't allow for evaporation losses or changes caused by cooking. Figures are estimates only.