A dal made from 5 lentils namely pigeon pea, split green lentil, red lentils, split bengal gram, split black gram
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Panchmel Dal| Panchratni

A delicious mixture of lentils that is simple to make but gives you your quota of protein in a bowl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Accompaniments, Bachelor Recipes, Brunch, Dinner, Festival Cooking, Healthy Foods, Side Dish
Cuisine: Rajasthani
Keyword: Everyday Food, Panchmel Dal, Panchratni, Side dish, Simple and healthy diet in old age
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 tbsp toor dal
  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 2 tbsp moong dal
  • 2 tbsp masoor dal
  • 1 tbsp urid dal peeled
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Jeera/cumin
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp haldi/turmeric
  • 1 tbsp dhania/ coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1 medium Tomato
  • 2-3 Green chillies chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/Asafoetida
  • Water
  • Salt as required
  • Finely chopped coriander for garnish


  • Wash and rinse all the dals in a big bowl.
  • Soak together for 1 hour in hot water.I soaked them in the pressure cooker I was planning to use to pressure cook the dal.
  • Add some water and cook in the pressure cooker for 4-5 whistles.(My rough method for water is when I stand my index finger on the dal the water should reach my finger joint dipped in water).
  • Let the pressure come down naturally.
  • Once the cooker is open use the ladle and mash the dal properly.
  • Add more water say about a cup and mix properly.
  • In a small kadhai/wok heat the ghee and oil.
  • Add hing, jeera seeds, garam masala.
  • The jeera will splutter immediately add to the dal in the cooker.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and salt to taste, add water to adjust the consistency.
  • Add salt and chopped green chillies, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  • Serve the Panchmel dal with roti, jeera rice or plain steamed rice.


To make Jeera Rice follow the link.