Day 19: Mix Dal

SaffronStays Thanedhar Estate, Shimla

21 days, 21 home chefs reveal their secret recipes.

Sometimes, some hot dal and fragrant rice is all you need. A fan of cricket, our in-home cook at SaffronStays Thanedhar Estate, Vipan hits a sixer with this simple mix dal recipe. 


  • 30 gms toor dal
  • 30 gms chana dal
  • 40 gms black dal
  • 1.5 cup water
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5-7 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp dal masala
  • 2 chopped tomatoes


  • Soak all the pulses for 30 minutes. Cook in a pressure cooker with water, salt and turmeric powder for 2 whistles.
  • In a skillet pan, add some oil, cumin seeds, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, chillies and ginger paste. Cook this on low flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add onions, dal masala and tomatoes and cook until the onions caramelise. Add this mix to the cooker and cook it for 7-8 minutes.
Mix Dal recipe

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