Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal

Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal

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Kottu Dal is a comforting dal recipe made of masoor dal, tempered traditionally and mixed with coconut milk. The coconut milk is what gives this famous Sri Lankan dal a soothing flavour, while a dash of lemon juice added before serving gives a tangy twist to it.

Soak the dal for half an hour before cooking in order to get the correct consistency and texture.

This dish can be enjoyed with plain Rice . For a complete meal combo serve along with Rotis , Subzis and some Kachumber .

Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal recipe - How to make Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal

Soaking time:  30 minutes   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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3/4 cup masoor dal (split red lentil) soaked for 30 minutes and drained
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 tbsp lemon juice

  1. Combine the dal, turmeric powder and little salt along with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Whisk the dal using a whisk and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and chilli powder and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  5. Add the cooked dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the coconut milk, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Switch off the flame, add the lemon juice, mix well and serve hot.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy309 cal
Protein8.6 g
Carbohydrates21.4 g
Fiber7.4 g
Fat21 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A144.4 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B31.1 mg
Vitamin C1.8 mg
Folic Acid14.3 mcg
Calcium25.5 mg
Iron2.7 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium0 mg
Potassium10.1 mg
Zinc0.9 mg


Kottu Dal, Sri Lankan Dal
 on 05 Jun 20 12:22 AM

The dal turned out delicious! It was simple and very flavorful. Highly recommend it.
Kottu (Sri Lankan Dal)
 on 02 Jan 16 05:05 PM

Kottu. .. smooth dal.. with..coconut milk.. which gives a nice creamy taste.. All in my family has loved this dal.. really worth trying...
Kottu (Sri Lankan Dal)
 on 13 Sep 12 10:23 AM

Masoor dal cooked with coconut milk makes a lovely dal. My 10 year daughter had 3 cups of this dal.