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Panchmel Dal – Blog hop anniversary/ Culinary hoppers/ North Indian Category


Hello Folks !!! 

Another blog hop from culinary hoppers is here again. This time blog hop is special because we are celebrating the anniversary of our blog hop . For this happy cheerful anniversary we have decided to bring North Indian and south Indian delicacies to celebrate our anniversary . In the north Indian category I am bringing a delicious dal variety called Panchmel Dal which is from Rajasthani Cuisine. The speciality of rajasthani cuisine is that all the dishes have a royal touch to it and the food varies from vegetarian to non vegetarian for example the famous Dal Baati churma (Lentil curry with ghee laden wheat balls with powdered sugar & wheat ), Laal Maas ( meat in red curry) , Safed Maas ( Meat in white curry), desserts like malpua ( fried pan cakes soaked in sugar syrup and topped with nuts ). I have a lot of fond memories of rajasthani food from my college days , my best friend and roomie Vidita was from Jaipur she used to make us drool by talking about her home food . During my second year of college we have made few things from this cuisine like laal maas, malpua , panchmel dal . If I have to talk about it then it’s going to be a pretty long essay about it and I will be drooling in front of my laptop 😉 . 

Panchmel dal is made of 5 different kinds of lentils , panch means five in hindi . This dal is a no onion no garlic recipe but trust me you would not miss it . Traditionally for panchmel dal it calls for moth bean , split green moong , split urad with skin on , toor dal and channa dal . But I have used Channa dal , whole green moong , split yellow moong , toor dal, split urad dal without skin. 

Recipe courtesy 

Veg recipes of India by Dassana Amit 

Do check her website for more delicious recipes

Now let’s read how to make this delicious recipe . 


Prep Time –  20 minutes plus soaking time 30 minutes 
Cooking Time – 15 minutes 
Serves- 5 to 6 
Author – Parvathy V Nair 



Channa Dal (Split bengal gram)- 1/4 cup 
Whole green moong- 1/4 cup 
Split yellow moong – 1/4 cup 
Toor dal (pigeon peas)- 1/4 cup 
Split urad dal without skin – 1/4 cup 
Ghee – 2 teaspoons 
Cloves- 2 nos 
Cardamom- 2 pods
Ginger – chopped one teaspoon 
Green chillies- chopped 2 
Asafoetida- 2 pinches 
Turmeric- 1/4 teaspoon
Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon 
Tomato – half of a medium sized chopped very well 
Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon 
Whole red chillies – 2 
Coriander leaves – chopped for garnish 
Salt – as needed 
Lemon juice – as needed 
Jaggery – a tiny piece (totally optional I added it for an extra taste 😉 ) 


1. Soak all the dals in hot water and keep it aside . 

2. While the dals are soaking chop ginger , green chillies and tomatoes 

3. Now pressure cook the dal till it is cooked, slightly mash it using a spoon after it is cooked 

4. In a pan add one teaspoon ghee to this add cardamom and cloves fry it for 30 seconds 

5. To this add ginger and green chillies , fry in medium heat for 1 minute . 

6. Now add asafoetida , turmeric powder , garam masala and tomatoes fry it for 20 seconds then add 2 tablespoons of water and cook till the tomatoes become mushy. 

7. Reduce the heat to low add the cooked dal to it and add enough water to thin it out according to your desire . Now add salt and let the dal come to a boil. 

8. Let’s make a tadka/ tempering now . In a small pan heat one teaspoon ghee , when the ghee is hot add cumin seeds and whole red chillies to it. 

9. Add this tempering to cooked dal , check for salt if required add more . 

10. Just before serving add chopped cilantro and lemon juice . serve with hot rice and ghee. 


This recipe has been created as a part of blog hop with Culinary Hoppers


Check other North Indian delicacies from us

Piyali’s Badami Paneer Pasanda 

Vani’s Bhatura with no yeast 

Anu’s Punjabi Chole Masala 

Padma’s Paneer Capsicum Stuffed Paratha

Swati’s Kale Aloo Pakodas 

Shobana’s Soy Chunk Pulav 

Jayashree’s Vegetable Croquettes 


16 thoughts on “Panchmel Dal – Blog hop anniversary/ Culinary hoppers/ North Indian Category

  1. looks soo inviting and comforting! beautifully made flavorsome dal. we love it as a family Parvathy. Now you’ve made me crave for some right now 🙂

  2. Awesomely presented ! This Panchmel Daal ia my favorite which My mother cooked…we called it Cute daal…I don’t know why…you made it perfectly Paro..loved it!

  3. this dal is one of the simple and yummy dishes i wish to add at least twice in a day. thank you for the recipe which would help to enhance the taste even more

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