Recipe for Healthy Veggie Dal

Dal (cooked pulse) forms the main and most common constituent of our (Indians) daily meal. It is eaten in every day life. But don’t you think it becomes so monotonous to eat same kind of stuff everyday with no change; just boiling pulses in water with salt and turmeric tastes so boring. Though Dals are important for our diet but why don’t we try to give a twist to its flavor adding some flavorsome ingredients and make it healthier with vegetables. Hence, I am here with a kind of Dal which is more delicious and healthier in terms of nutrients. I have blended it with some spices and vegetables. Vegetables used are Cabbage and capsicum. And spices or other ingredients, I have mentioned in recipe.

When I told my mom that I am going to cook Healthy Veggie dal, she insisted me to highlight its health benefits, so I proceeded like this-

As we all know Pulses are our body building food: good source of protein and rich supplier of calcium. They also lower blood cholesterol level and blood sugar level increased post meal in Diabetics. Sprouted pulses are more nutritious as they are rich source of vitamins of B group like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, ascorbic acid. They also lower blood pressure level.

Mixing with cabbage and capsicum dal becomes more healthy because capsicum lowers cholesterol level too along with it acts as antioxidants as it has vitamin A and vitamin C in high levels and good for heart too.

Cabbage is fibrous and has rich source of roughage, thus provides good metabolism.

I think after knowing these many health benefits, you will surely go for making this delicious healthy veggie dal. Let’s go to make its recipe-

Healthy Veggie Dal
Healthy Veggie Dal


Time Taken- For Preparation- 4-5 hours

                       For Cooking- 40 min


Category- Main Course


Split red lentils (Masoor Dal) – 1 large tbsp

Split green gram (Moong Dal) – 1 large tbsp

Split Bengal gram (Chana Dal) – 1large tbsp

Tomatoes- 4 (chopped)

Red chilly Powder-1tsp

Turmeric Powder- 3/4tsp

Cabbage-1/4 (chopped)

Capsicum-1 (long sliced)

Cumin Seeds- 1tsp

Ginger-garlic paste- 1tbsp

Cashew nuts-7-8 (soaked)/ almonds (optional)

Fresh Coconut- 1/4th of whole

Coriander seeds/freshly ground- 1 large tsp

Dry Red chillies- 2

Dry Fenugreek leaves- 1 large tsp

Fresh cream-1/2cup

Olive Oil- 1 tbsp


Green Coriander leaves to garnish

For tampering-

Mustard Seeds (rye/Sarson)-1small tsp

Dry red chilli-2 broken

Curry leaves-4-5


Steps to Follow

  1. Soak all three pulses for 4-5 hours and soak cashew nuts for 30 min.Soaked Pulses (Dals)
  2. When pulses and cashew nuts get soaked, chop cabbage and capsicum and keep aside.Chopped cabbage and capsicum
  3. Pressure cook all three pulses with tomatoes, red chilly powder, turmeric and salt in 3 cups of water for 3-4 whistles or until gets cooked.Ingredients to pressure cook with Pulses
  4. While Pulses are getting cooked; grind cashew nuts, coconuts, dry red chillies, and coriander seeds to a coarsely ground paste adding water, if required.Healthy Veggie Dal spicesSpice paste
  5. Now heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds to crackle, then add ginger garlic paste to sauté and now put that freshly ground paste & sauté more for a min.
  6. Finally put into cabbage and capsicum with a pinch of salt to season along with fenugreek leaves.And cook sprinkling water as required until they soften yet remain a bit crunchy.Sauteed veggie mixture
  7. Transfer this veggie mixture to pressure cooked pulses (you can use hand blender to blend dal after pressure cooking, then add veggie mix) and mix well.Healthy Veggie Dal
  8. After mixing bring it to a boil adding small amount of water to give it a suitable consistency.
  9. Tamper it with the ingredients under ‘For Tampering’. Heat oil and fry these ingredients in a pan and add to the Prepared Dal.
  10. Mix fresh cream and serve hot garnished with Coriander leaves with rotis/rice.Healthy Veggie DalHealthy Veggie Dal

Enjoy this Healthy veggie dal! And be healthy, eating healthy food!

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