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Shepu Dal Recipe

Shepu Dal
How to make Shepu DalImage Credit: Istock

Shepu Dal is a nutritious lentil dish made with dill leaves. It is packed with immense health benefits and is best enjoyed with steamed rice or roti.

  • Total Cook Time 40 mins
  • Prep Time 20 mins
  • Cook Time 20 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Easy

Ingredients of Shepu Dal

  • 2 cup toor dal
  • 3 cups of shepu, finely chopped
  • 2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Hing
  • Red chilli powder (as per taste levels)
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder
  • Salt (as per taste levels)
  • Ghee (as per requirement)

How to Make Shepu Dal

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Rinse the toor dal and soak it in water for about 30 minutes. Take a pressure cooker and add the soaked dal along with salt, turmeric and water. Cook it for 4-5 whistles or until the dal is mushy. Then set it aside.
Take a pan and add oil/ghee. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them splutter. Now add chopped onions, ginger garlic paste and green chillies and saute them until golden brown.
Now add chopped tomatoes along with other spices – turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder. Mix well. Add the chopped shepu and cover the lid of the pan so that the tomatoes are nice and mushy.
After the shepu leaves are soft and have reduced in size, slow down the burner. Now add the cooked toor dal to the masala mixture. At this point, you can adjust the consistency of the dal. Add more water and spices accordingly.
Bring the dal to a boil and keep stirring so all the ingredients are well combined. Cook it for 8-10 minutes.
In the meantime, take a small pan and add a dollop of ghee to it. Now add cumin seeds, red chilli powder and a pinch of hing in it. Once it starts to sputter pour this tempering over dal. Mix well so that all the ingredients are combined. Garnish it with coriander leaves and voila! Your Shepu dal is ready to serve!
Bonus Tip: You can serve this wholesome dal with hot, steaming roti or rice. To add a bit of tanginess, squeeze in a lemon and add ginger slivers on top of it to enhance your Shepu dal’s taste!
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