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Here is a simple and delicious recipe for Khatti Daal submitted by one of our viewers, Gizzel Dsouza from India. The term “Khatti” means tangy or sour and this recipe uses tamarind to get the tart flavor. Masoor daal is another one of the few daals (beans) which does not require soaking so it goes from the stove to the table in little time. Try this recipe today!

Prep Time – 5 minutes
Cook Time – 25 minutes
Serves – 4


Masoor Daal (Orange Lentil) – 1 cup, washed
Water – 3 cups
Garlic – 1 tsp, minced
Ginger – 1 tsp, minced
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – to taste
Cilantro – 5 sprigs, chopped
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Tamarind Paste – 1 tsp or to taste
Salt – to taste

For the seasoning:

Oil – 1 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Whole Dried Red Chilies – 2 to 3
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig


1. In a pressure cooker, add Masoor Daal, Water, Turmeric Powder, Red Chili Powder, Ginger, Garlic, Cilantro and 1 sprig Curry Leaves.
2. Close cooker lid and pressure cook until 1 whistle sounds. Switch off stove.
3. Wait until the pressure has gone before opening the lid.
4. Add in Tamarind Paste and Salt – bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
5. In a small skillet, heat Oil.
6. Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
7. Add Cumin Seeds and allow them to sizzle.
8. Add broken Dry Red Chilies and Curry Leaves.
9. Mix the seasoning with the daal.
10. Mix well, cover and let the daal sit for few minutes.
11. Serve hot with rice or chapatti.

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