Sour Dal Recipe

Recipe By Slurrp

Sour Dal is a tangy and flavorful lentil soup popular in Indian cuisine. Made with yellow lentils, tamarind pulp, and a blend of spices, this dish has a unique sour taste that is balanced with the earthy flavors of lentils. It is a comforting and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed as a main course or as a side dish with rice or bread.

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Sour Dal

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Ingredients for Sour Dal Recipe

  • 0.33 cup Yellow Lentils
  • 1 cup Water
  • 0.33 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • As required Salt To Taste
  • 0.67 tablespoon Oil
  • 0.33 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 0.33 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • pinch A Pinch Of Asafoetida
  • 0.33 Chopped Onion
  • 0.67 Chopped Tomatoes
  • 0.67 Green Chilies
  • 0.33 tablespoon Tamarind Pulp
  • 0.33 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 0.33 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 0.17 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • as needed Fresh Coriander Leaves For Garnish

Directions: Sour Dal Recipe

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.Rinse 1 cup of yellow lentils and soak them in water for 30 minutes.
  • STEP 2.In a pressure cooker, add the soaked lentils, 3 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and salt to taste.
  • STEP 3.Pressure cook the lentils for 3-4 whistles or until they are soft and mushy.
  • STEP 4.In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, and a pinch of asafoetida.
  • STEP 5.Once the seeds start to crackle, add 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped tomatoes, and 2 green chilies. Saute until the onions turn golden brown.
  • STEP 6.Add 1 tablespoon of tamarind pulp, 1 teaspoon of red chili powder, 1 teaspoon of coriander powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder. Mix well.
  • STEP 7.Add the cooked lentils to the pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • STEP 8.Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or bread.

Cooking Tips

  • Soaking the lentils helps in reducing the cooking time.
  • Adjust the amount of tamarind pulp and spices according to your taste preferences.
  • You can add vegetables like spinach or bottle gourd to make the dal more nutritious.

Storage and Serving

  • Sour Dal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat the dal on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
  • Serve the Sour Dal hot with steamed rice, naan, or roti.
calories per serving
< 1 g Fat1 g Protein5 g Carbs< 1 g FiberOther

Current Totals

  • Fat
    < 1g
  • Protein
  • Carbs
  • Fiber
    < 1g


  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fiber
    < 1g


  • Fat
    < 1g

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin E
    < 1mg
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
    < 1mg
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
    < 1mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp