Jan 17, 2013

Panch Dal / Five Lentil Stew


  • 1/4 cup Channa dal
  • 1/4 cup Urad Dal
  • 1/4 cup Masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup Toor dal
  • 1/4 cup Mung dal
  • 5 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp aamchur powder/ dry mango powder
  • 1 tbsp oil or 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 large onion, chopped, finely
  • 1 tbsp garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp saunf / fennel seeds
  • 2-3 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)


  • Wash and soak all dals in a 1 cup warm water for at least an hour. Drain and keep aside.
  • Add 4 cups warm water and cook soaked dals in a pressure cooker for 15 to 20 minutes, over medium flame, till the dals are cooked.
  • Heat the oil or ghee in a pan, add bay leaf, cumin seeds and fennel seeds allow the seeds to crackle.
  • Add the onions and crushed garlic and cook till they are golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, cinnamon powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add garam masala and aamchur powder then add the cooked dals and salt and allow the dal to come to a boil.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.


  1. perfect,i liked it much ,but i think we should put more water to be eaten with rice.

    1. Thank You for your feedback...
      yes that's absolutely right if you want to eat this dal with rice then you have to add more water...or you can make very soft rice by adding more water than usually we use.