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Surati Dal


Surati Dal

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 2 to 4 people
  • Spice Level: Low

Authenticity Slice

Remember to keep the consistency of this dal thin. In case it thickens, pour in some boiled water and adjust the salt accordingly.

Trivia Tadka

Surati Dal is an arhar dal recipe that is popular in Gujarat, where it is much-loved for its sweet-and-sour taste. This unique taste comes from the addition of jaggery and lemon juice in the dal. Tomatoes also lend a lot of flavour to this dal, which is otherwise a no-onion, no-garlic preparation. Due to its thin consistency, it goes famously with rice.


  • Split pigeon peas (Arhar dal) (½ cup)
  • Tomato, finely chopped (2)
  • Green chillies (hari mirch), finely chopped (1)
  • MTR Haldi Turmeric Powder (½ tsp)
  • MTR Lal Mirch Red Chili Powder (½ tsp)
  • Peanuts, roasted (2 tbsp)
  • Curry leaves (kadipatta) (1 sprig)
  • Ginger (adrak), finely chopped (1-inch piece)
  • Jaggery (gud) (1½ tbsp)
  • Lemon juice (1 tbsp)
  • Salt (to taste )
  • Yellow mustard seeds (sarson) (½ tsp)
  • Asafoetida (hing) (a pinch)
  • Ghee (2 tbsp)
  • Dry red chillies (sabut lal mirch) (2)
  • Coriander leaves (hara dhania), finely chopped (2 tsp)


  • Thoroughly wash the dal and cook it with the tomatoes in 3 cups of water. Timing it to 3 whistles in the pressure cooker would ensure that the dal is completely cooked. 
  • Mash up the dal to form a smooth mixture.
  • Next, add in the peanuts, green chillies, kadipatta, the MTR Haldi Turmeric Powder, the MTR Lal Mirch Red Chili Powder, ginger, jaggery and salt and mix well. 
  • Bring the dal to a boil again and then let it simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.  
  • Heat ghee in a kadhai. Toss in the sarson and when they have started popping, add in the hing and sabut lal mirch. 
  • Keep sautéing for a few seconds and pour this tempering over the dal.
  • Keep stirring and continue to simmer the dal for a couple more minutes. 
  • Next, add in the lemon juice and stir. 
  • Garnish with hara dhania and serve hot with roti or rice. 

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