October 14, 2008

Subzi Dal (Mixed Vegetables In A Yellow Lentil Gravy)

Printable version here.

I saw this Subzi Dal featured in some magazine quite a while back. I have an idea I must have come across it while waiting to see the doctor or dentist or some such place because I never did write it down. All I remember is the name and that it was made with cooked lentils and some vegetables, and it seemed to me a perfect idea to combine both in one dish instead of cooking the two separately.

So using the idea, I have come up with my own recipe for this using ingredients and quantities to suit our tastes. While I have used yellow lentils (tuvar dal) here this can also be made with split moong lentils (moong dal) or split puy lentils (masoor dal).

So whenever I need cook up something wholesome but quickly for dinner, to serve along with chappathis, this tends to be one of my choices. I usually cook dal in a slightly larger quantity than required, and then freeze the rest in 3 or 4 single use portions. This way I usually always have dal to use.


1 ½ cups cooked yellow lentils (tuvar dal)

1 ½ cups mixed vegetables

(cauliflower florets, thinly sliced green beans, finely diced carrots,

green peas, sweet corn)

1 big onion, thinly sliced

1” piece ginger, cut into julienne

1 tomato, chopped into small pieces (optional)

1½ tsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp aniseed/ saunf (optional)

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

¼ tsp asafetida powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

2 green chillies, slit lengthwise

1 tsp powdered jaggery (optional)

1 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


Steam cook or microwave the mixed vegetables at 100% for about 4 minutes, till they’re just cooked and still firm. Mash the yellow lentil well and keep both aside.

In a pan, heat the oil and add the cumin, aniseed/ saunf (if using) and fenugreek seeds. Stir a couple of times and add the asafetida powder. Stir once (do not allow to burn) and add the ginger julienne and sliced onion. Sauté till the onion is soft.

Add the steamed vegetables and the mashed lentils. Add a cup (or a little more if you think you need to) of water, the turmeric powder, green chillies, tomatoes (if using, I didn’t) and the salt. Mix well and bring to a boil. Then simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes till the vegetable-lentil mixture is well blended and a bit thick in consistency. If you are using jaggery, then add it at this point.

Take the dal off the heat. Add the lemon juice, mix well and garnish with the chopped coriander. Serve warm with chappathis, parathas, naan or rice.

This Subzi Dal is my submission for Yellow and Orange which is the theme for October at The Heart Of The Matter.

Now to a couple of other blog related matters. Thank you very much Curry Leaf, for thinking my blog to be cool and giving it the Butterfly Award.

Rachel and I have Italy in our Ovens this time with Apricot Pistachio Biscotti. Do step across and take a look.


Curry Leaf said...

Healthy dish with rotis as well as rice.Looks good.

Ivy said...

Lovely dish with all those ingredients, sounds very healthy.

Divya Vikram said...

Nice idea of combining the veggies and dhall..

Lore said...

Those yellow lentils give such a nice colour to the gravy. YUM-O!

Priyanka said...

Dal looks delicious....great pic

Sagari said...

very healthy dhal

Bharti said...

A nice nutritious one pot dish!

Red Chillies said...

This is a neat idea and I like this since there is no need to make Daal and Subzi separately. Bookmarked this.

Rosie said...

Your dal looks delicious :)

Rosie x

Sunshinemom said...

This looks like a hearty accompaniment alright:)

sra said...

Like the touch of aniseed in the dal! May leave out the jaggery, tho'

Nags said...

add some tamarind paste too and this pretty much sums up how i make my sambar. i try to add multiple vegetables to make it more wholesome :)

Ilva said...

Thanks a lot, this such a bright and sunny entry for the Hotm! And I just know that it will taste really good!

Malini Satish said...

Hi, I discovered your blog through another blog. I love that you concentrate on vegetarian Indian cuisine and I am planning to try out the dal.

Keep posting.


PG said...

looks yummy! my comfort food! I make itr a lot with channa daal. lovely veg-daal combination

Aparna said...

Yes this dal os very good more so considering its a short-cut!
This recipe is also very adaptable as you can change amounts or leave out or add ingredients according to your choice.

Anu said...

looks like it is a very good recipe..i will try it.....