Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal

Known traditionally as the trevati dal, this is a protein-rich combination of chana, toovar and green moong dals prepared in an authentic indian style, with aromatic spices and powders, onions, tomatoes, ginger, chillies, et al. This is something you can cook every day, as it is neither rich nor fat-laden. Have this dal as part of your breakfast or lunch menu, and you are sure to have enough energy to face the rest of the day confidently and cheerfully. Using green moong dal ensures you get a lot more dietary fibre and b-complex vitamins too. You can omit the onion, ginger and garlic to make a jain version too.

Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal

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Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal recipe - How to make Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     6Makes 6 servings
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  1. Clean, wash and soak the dals in water about 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine the soaked dals, salt and 2 ½ cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf, red chillies and asafoetida and fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add the onions, green chillies, garlic and ginger and fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, chilli powder and turmeric powder and stir well, cooking till the oil separates from the masala.
  7. Add the dals and 1 cup of water, lemon juice and salt and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve hot garnished with the chopped coriander.

Handy tip :

    Handy tip :
  1. To make a "jain" trevati dal, omit the onions, ginger and garlic and proceed as per the recipe.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy229 cal
Protein11.4 g
Carbohydrates31.3 g
Fiber5.7 g
Fat6.5 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium23.4 mg


Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal
 on 13 Mar 19 09:54 PM

This is a fantastic recipe and easy to make. It brings back lots of great memories from trips to Nepal, Pakistan and India. The whole family enjoy it, a good squeeze of lemon juice with coriander to serve and goes down well with a naan or rice. It freezes well too, I always make a massive pot full and manage to store between 6-8 freezer bags full in the freezer. 10/10! :)
Tarla Dalal
14 Mar 19 08:27 AM
   That sounds amazing. Happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and share with us your feedback. Happy Cooking!
Chana, Toovar and Green Moong Dal
 on 06 Feb 15 01:47 PM

this recipe tastes really nice. awesome