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Sri Lankan Dhal Curry

Srilanka Dhal Curry is a staple dish and is very quick to make. This delicious dhal recipe made with masoor dal is popularly served along with nonveg or any rice or roti.
Course Main Dish - Gravies
Cuisine Srilankan
By Cook Method Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Occasion Everyday Meal
By Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Dish Type Gourmet Dals
Servings 4 people
Author Srivalli


For the Dal

  • 3/4 cup Masoor Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk Thick milk /First Milk
  • 2 cup Water or increase if needed

For Tempering

  • 1/2 cup Onion juliennes
  • 1/2 cup Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 to 4 Green Chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds / Methi Seeds
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves


Making the Dal

  • Wash the dal and changes of water two or three times.
  • In a pressure cooker, take the dal along with turmeric powder and pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • Once the pressure falls down, add the coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes.

For Tempering

  • Heat the oil in a nonstick pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds and when its start to splutter add the cumin seeds along with fenugreek seeds and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the curry leaves and greens chillies along with sliced onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • When onions turn colour add the chopped tomato and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the mixture over the cooked dal.
  • Serve hot with Srilankan Yellow Rice or choice of your bread.
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