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23 September, 2012

Triveni Dal

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“Dal (also spelled Dahl or Daal,
or Dhal) is a preparation of pulses (dried lentils, peas or beans)
which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the
thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian, Nepali, Pakistani,
Sri Lankan, West Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. It is regularly
eaten with rice and vegetables in southern India, and with both rice and roti (wheat-based
flat bread) throughout northern India and Pakistan. Dal is a
ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little
or no meat.
It provides an excellent source of protein for the Indian
subcontinent, particularly for those adopting vegetarian diets or diets which
do not contain much meat. Dal is typically around 25% protein by weight, giving
it comparable protein content to meats. Dal is also high in carbohydrates
whilst being virtually fat free. Dal is also rich in the B vitamins thiamine
and folic acid as well as several minerals, notably iron and zinc.”
These words that I have copied from Wikipedia indicate how
important dal is in our vegetarian meal.
 I make it a point to
make dal everyday but the fact remains that I generally make it only in one
particular way day in and out so that becomes boring and then it is rejected at
the table.
So for this BM I choose dal as my theme. At least then I will try a newer variety that is the general

The girls are happy with rasam and sambhar day in and out husband
and FIL will want something sans the masala. To try and find the acceptable
mean point is not easy especially with the vocal teen and about to enter teens
This particular dal had no takers, not on day 1.  The next day in the evening after we came back
shopping at almost dinner time I heated the dal in the microwave and my elder
daughter came to help me. As she opened the microwave there was a waft of the
most beautiful smell, the aroma of a delicious dal.
Immediately the dal had so many takers that I was short of
rice. J
This is no particular recipe just what I made after reading
so many dal recipes here in the blogosphere. It’s just what was appreciated at
home. Dals, like most Indian foods are very forgiving make it to suit your palate.
 I make a mixture of 3 dals which is very very rarely
acceptable and infact no one realized that the dal was a mix of 3 dals and not
just toor dal.
 Triveni Dal


1/3 cup moong dal (yellow)
1/3 cup toor dal
1/3 cup masoor dal
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tomatoes
1 ½ tsp sambhar masala
¼ tsp amchur
1-2 bits of kokum (optional)
Black salt
Salt (if needed)
Red chilies
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp Jeera
¼ cup milk


1.  Wash and
pressure cook the dal with ½ onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
2.  Meanwhile
chop the remaining onion fine, tomatoes.
3.  Heat
the ghee and fry the garlic and red chilies set aside.
4.  In same
the hot ghee splutter the jeera add the onions and stir fry till translucent.
5.  Add the
tomatoes and cook covered till the tomatoes turn mushy. Add a tblsp or 2 of
water if needed.
6.  Add the
cooked dal and 3 cups water and milk.
7.  Add the
sambhar masala, black salt, amchur, salt & kokum if using. Bring to boil.
8.  Check
the seasoning and the thickness of the dal.
9.  Serve
hot with rice or rotis.


 This dal tastes better, much better the next day.
For Vegan dal omit the milk but I feel coconut milk will taste good.


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19 thoughts on : Triveni Dal

  • September 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Looks so flavorful and delicious!!

  • September 24, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I can definitely taste this and would know that it might have turned out wonderfully delicious….nice recipe, il iked the name you have given to the dal

  • September 24, 2012 at 5:18 am

    never had dal with milk before – must be very nice and creamy

  • September 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I do something similar too …looks yum

  • September 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Dals are hubby's favorite and i am always on the look out for variations…this one sounds yum..will try soon

  • September 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I can see why it was a hit at home..The ingredients look so flavorful..Must try this way soon 🙂 How is your back prob now?
    Prathima Rao
    Parts Corner

  • September 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

    never tried making this but definitely a comforting dish. looks very creamy.

  • September 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Comforting food definitely,inviting.

  • September 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Dal is so easy to make, yet tastes so delicious!

  • September 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    healthy dish. will try soon

  • September 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    We have a Sindhi dal similar to this one but we use chana dal instead of masoor dal.

  • October 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    hi archana,
    triveni daal was interesting. i went through it….yes u guessed right because of it's name.

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