Panchmel Dal

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"Panchmel" means the mix of five. Panchmel Dal is a Rajasthani (Western India) preparation. This dal is traditionally made with the five very commonly used lentils in India and is served with a special bread - Baati. Often A special dessert Churma also accompanies Dal and Baati. So on our readers' speical request let us make this wonderful traditional Rajasthani dish Panchmel dal......

lentils for panchmel dal

(serves 4)

  • Arhar dal 1/8 cup
  • Masoor dal 1/8 cup
  • Moong split 1/8 cup
  • Urad dal 1/8 cup
  • Bengal gram lentils (chane ki Dal) little more then 1/8 cups
  • Salt 1¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp

For Seasoning 

  • Tomato 1 medium
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida 2 pinch
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Cloves 6-8
  • Whole dried red chilies 2
  • Red chili powder ½ tsp
  • Garam masala ½tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Dry mango powder ( amchoor/ khatai) ½ tsp
  • Desi ghee 2-3 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves 2 tbsp

For Searving

  • Ghee as per taste

You need about 30-35 grams of each dal

To serve

Method of preparation

  1. Clean and wash all the lentils. Soak the lentils in 3 cups of water for about an hour.
lentils for panchmel dal
  1. Add salt and turmeric powder in the lentils and boil the lentils until they get tender. (You can take 2-3 whistles in the pressure cooker on medium heat).
  2. After the dal has boiled, check the consistency and add more water if required.
lentils for panchmel dal
boiled lentils

For Seasoning 

  1. Wash and finely chop the tomato.
lentils for panchmel dal
  1. Heat the ghee. Add cumin seeds. When seeds crackle, add asafoetida, red chilies, bay leves, and cloves . Fry for about a minute. Now add chopped tomato, coriander powder, and red chili powder, fry until masala leaves the ghee. Takes 2-3 minutes.
  2. Now add garam masala, and amchoor powder. Mix well.
lentils for panchmel dal
  1. Add the seasoning onto the Dal. Mix well and cook the lentils for a few minutes. Turn off the heat.
lentils for panchmel dal

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves . Delicious Rajasthani Panchmel dal is ready to serve with with crisp baati.

 dal, baati, churma

Some Tips/ Suggestions : 

You can also serve this dal with roti and rice.

Pour some ghee on top of the panchmel dal if you do not mind the extra calories!

Some other lentils and beans