Sunday 28 April 2013

Methi Dal Recipe/ Vendhaya Keerai Paruppu Kadaiyal/Vendhaya Keerai Kadaiyal with step by step photos

We all know greens are always good for our health. Each and every keerai(greens) has distinct taste and health benefits. It is usually very hard to get our kids to eat the greens. One easy and simple way to get them to eat the methi leaves is to add it with dal and make it tastier. It serves the dual purpose, we get the protein and other benefits of methi leaves. Not only with dal, methi leaves can be prepared in numerous way like methi paratha, methi with aloo, methi with chicken which I am likely to post in the future. Check out other South Indian Sambar and Dal varieties here.

For now here’s how to make methi dal with step by step photos…
Thoor dal/Thuvaram Paruppu
¾  cup
Methi leaves/Vendhaya keerai
One big bunch
1 finely chopped
Green chillies
2 slit length wise
2 finely chopped
Ginger & garlic paste
2 tsp
Red chilli powder or Sambar powder
½ tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
One pinch
Lemon juice
1 tsp
As needed
1 tsp
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Curry leaves
Preparation Time: 15 minutes                         Recipe Category: Main Course
Cooking Time: 25 minutes                                Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Wash the dal and soak it for about 3o min for fast cooking. Now add 2 cups of water, turmeric powder, asafoetida and cook in pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Keep it aside.

Clean, wash and chop the methi/vedhayakeerai leaves and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds after it splutters add cumin seeds, curry leaves and sauté for 15 sec. Now add the finely chopped onions and green chillies, sauté until the onions turn golden brown.

Add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy followed by the ginger & garlic paste. Now sauté until the raw smell vanishes. Add the methi leaves and sauté for about a min.

Add the cooked dal, salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and let it come to boil. Simmer and cook for another 5 -7 minutes.

Switch off the stove, add the lemon juice and mix it well. Adjust the lemon juice according to your taste.


The red chilli powder can be skipped and instead add more green chillies or use dry red chillies (2) when tempering.

The lemon juice can be replaced with thick tamarind extract of about 1 tsp.

Yummy and delicious methi dal is ready to served. Serve it roti, chapati or with white rice.

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  1. i am a methi freak. so going to try this , yummy dal.

  2. super scrumptious dhal, bowl of hot rice would suffice.

  3. It's so delicious.. I tried the same once. I loved it so much. Thanks a lot for a wonderful receipe

    1. Thank you very Durga for trying methi dal, Iam happy that you liked it very much. Please keep coming back and keep trying different recipes....

  4. hi priya this is mohana thank u for the vendhaya keerai recipie it works out very well

  5. hi priya thank for the recipe it s came out well

    1. Thank you so much Mohana for trying the vendhaya keerai, I am so happy it came out well and excited that you stopped by to let me know. keep coming back....

  6. I tried this and it came out awesome


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