Chawli Masoor Dal

An all-time favourite, this recipe combines chawli leaves with wholesome masoor dal and a flavourful masala paste to make a dish that surely wins the diner’s heart! Apart from the irresistible taste, there are many more reasons that make the Chawli Masoor Dal a must-have, especially during pregnancy.

Chawli is one of the richest sources of iron and vitamin A and ideal for pregnant women. The vitamin A together with the protein in the dal helps to maintain healthy skin and vision, while the iron keeps anemia at bay. We have added a dash of vitamin C rich lemon juice to improve the absorption of iron from the mouth-watering dal. Enjoy it with a bowl of rice or your favourite roti .

Chawli Masoor Dal

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Chawli Masoor Dal recipe - How to make Chawli Masoor Dal

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1/2 cup chopped chawli (cow pea) leaves
1/2 cup masoor dal (split red lentil) , washed and drained
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp lemon juice

To Be Ground Into A Smooth Paste (using 1/4 Cup Water)
1 tbsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp chopped ginger (adrak)
2 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces

  1. Combine the masoor dal, turmeric powder, salt and 1½ cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the chawli leaves, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the cooked masoor dal, prepared paste, a little salt and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Switch off the flame, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Serve hot.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy82 cal
Protein5.1 g
Carbohydrates12 g
Fiber2.3 g
Fat1.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium20.9 mg


Chawli Masoor Dal
 on 20 Oct 20 08:04 PM

The grinded masalas taste raw and unfinished.
Tarla Dalal
21 Oct 20 11:23 AM
   Thanks for the feedback. We will re-try and update the recipe.
Chawli Masoor Dal
 on 29 Jan 16 10:38 AM

masoor dal and chawli leaves a good combination.. to have a healthy dal.. less spicy and goes well with plain steamed rice.. Must try recipe..
Chawli Masoor Dal
 on 25 Nov 13 08:02 PM

I tried a variation using tur+masoor dal and no coconut milk. Tasted quite nice
Chawli Masoor Subzi
 on 08 Jul 12 06:34 AM

Great recipe. Liked it.