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Mar 5, 2013

Hariyali Dal / Greens & Lentils Curry

Today's recipe is easy and healthy, comfort side dish made using Dal/Moong dal and Greens combo. Hariyali means "Green" or Green colored, so Hariyali Dal means dal curry with greens n green color. I saw this recipe in a cookery show long back and had tried this many time and now its one of our family fav side dish. This curry goes well with both rice n rotis. I slightly tweaked the recipe to my taste, very healthy n nutritious side dish. For this recipe i used both Spinach and Methi Leaves and also Cilantro for Greens and Moongdal. But its traditionally made using masoor dal. This is so easy to make very healthy n filling Side dish.

  1. Moongdal    1/2 cup or less
  2. Spinach        1 and 1/2 cup roughly chopped( i used one full bunch)
  3. Methi Leaves       1/2 cup
  4. Cilantro/Coriander leaves     1/2 cup
  5. Ginger    2" piece(julienne) 
  6. Garlic     2 fat cloves(finely chopped)
  7. Curry leaves     1 sprig
  8. Onion     1 medium(finely chopped)
  9. Tomato   1 no.(chopped)
  10. Red chilli powder     1 tsp
  11. Coriander powder    2 tsp
  12. Cumin Powder      1/2 tsp
  13. Turmeric powder    1/4 tsp
  14. Amchur/Dried Mango powder     1/4 tsp
  15. Garam Masala Powder    1/4 tsp
  16. Salt to taste
To Temper
  1. Oil      2-3 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds    1/2 tsp
  4. Fennel seeds    1/4 tsp
  5. Hing    1/4 tsp
  • First wash and cook dal with enough water, add pinch of turmeric powder to the dal n cook till its soft n cooked but not mushy.
  • Once done drain excess water(u can add it to the curry later) and keep aside.
  • Wash and chop spinach roughly and microwave it for 2 minutes, then cool and grind it along with fresh cilantro n pinch of sugar in a blender to a smooth paste n keep aside.
  • Wash n pluck methi leaves n keep aside.
  • Now heat oil in a kadai/skillet, add the tempering ingredients, first add mustard seeds wait till it splutter then add other ing one by one.
  • And then add ginger n garlic stir n add onions and curry leaves and saute till onion turns soft n pink followed by tomatoes saute it till it turns soft n mushy.
  • After that add masala powders except amchur n garam masala powder, stir fry for a minute.
  • Now add fresh methi leaves stir well and add ground cilantro-spinach paste and combine well.
  • And add cooked dal with water, enough salt and bring it to boil.
  • Once it starts boiling add amchur n garam masala powder, mix well and simmer for another two minutes.
  • That's it..Tasty n healthy Hariyali Dal ready. Serve with rice or rotis.

Instead of moongdal u can also use any desired dal - tuvar dal, channa dal, masoor dal etc.
this time i have used more spinach that's y it looks full green n dal is less if u want use only half bunch or 3/4 of the bunch.
adjust spices to your taste.
adding sugar to the greens will help to maintain the green color.
And also do not boil the curry for long time, just one boil is enough.

Sending this recipe to Priya's Cooking with Seeds - Dal event.


  1. Something so different from the usual menu...thanks for posting

  2. Healthy and delicious dhal. The color looks very appealing too. Beautiful pictures!!

  3. Totally drooling here !!! This looks amazing :)

  4. healthy and yummy dal .. tempting me :)

  5. Dal and roti, a perfect meal...This one is healthy and delicious

  6. Lovely dal with the goodness of greens...Looks wonderful

  7. Yummy daal! Love the different combo you used.

  8. A good way to disguise the greens :) a healthy dal rich in nutrition!

  9. thats a new one for me.. i've never seen such appealing dal in my life!! nyc clicks too!!can't wait to try this out

  10. Nice and aromatic preparation...No need to make separate veg dish if this dal is there for rice.

  11. this is loaded with goodness...bookmarked!!! :)

  12. Very beautiful green and I am sure it's delicious!

  13. Such a delicious and healthy side dish.. love the color.. thanks for sharing :)

  14. Very healthy dhal for rice or rotis. will try soon

  15. yummy clicks sis:)healthy and wonderful recipe:)super

  16. Different and delicious, luvd the color and nice clicks.

  17. Nice variation with greens and dal, sure must be tasting great. Lovely presentation and picutres!

  18. Dal is comfort, and this looks SO good!

  19. new recipe dear...wil try this the color and texture

  20. That's an nutrition punch it...

  21. So flavorful n yummy dal, sounds very healthy...

  22. Such a colourful and different dal from the usual one, full of healthy stuffs in it,am loving this dal Sangee,thanks for sending to CWS.

  23. what a lovely preparation...healthy dal!!

  24. Delicious dal, lovely color..

  25. cant take off my eyes from your clicks dear.. excellent presentation..

  26. loaded with good ness ... i really like dteh addition of methi

  27. Wow this looks very healthy n fresh nice clicks sangee

  28. I have not tried methi leaves with this combination; I make with spinach and use a different tempering and usually make it during the summers! Very tempting and delicious looking!

  29. Healthy and yummy dhal...Nice color..

  30. Yummy Dal Sangeetha... healthy too.Nice blog. HAppy tofollow you dear...

  31. Healthy n delicious curry, eye pleasing presentation Sangee...

  32. Absolutely love this recipe. Almost like a one pot meal with dal and veggies together, just add rice or roti, and one. Please do send it to my "Healthy Me & Healthy Us" event. Please do read the event rules :)

  33. Got nice color, lovely presentation


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