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Dal Sunehri – Split Black Gram & Bengal Gram Spiced Stew [Recipe]

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

What is Dal Sunehri?

Dal sunehri is an Indian lentils stew; which is the combination of two lentils (split black gram & split bengal gram), and seasoned with spices. Sunehri means golden in hindi; when this lentils stew is ready, it comes out beautiful golden in color. So I decided to name it, ‘Dal Sunehri’. This creamy, aromatic, and spicy lentils stew is a perfect side dish for lunch/dinner. Dal sunehri goes very well with flatbreads or steamed rice.

Let’s learn to make Dal Sunehri 5 in easy to understand quick steps.


  •  skinless split black gram, washed-1 cup
  • split bengal gram, washed- ½ cup
  • onion paste – ½ cup
  • green chili, chopped
  • tomato, chopped – 1
  • ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • chili powder – 1tsp
  • cumin seeds –  ½ tsp
  • mustard seeds –  ½ tsp
  • coriander powder –  2 tsp
  • turmeric powder –  ¼
  • garam masala powder –  ¼
  • dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) – 1 tbsp
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • olive oil –   2 tbsp
  • lemon juice – 1 tbsp


  1. Heat a pressure cooker. Add black gram, and split black gram, salt, tomato, asafoetida along with 4 cups of water.  Cover the lid, and pressure cook for 6 whistles. Let it cook on on low heat for about 10 minutes. When the cooker is cooled off, open it.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard, and cumin seeds to it. When they start to splutter, add onion paste along with ginger-garlic paste. Saute for about 3-4 minutes or till it turns pink.
  3. Add chili powder, coriander powder, and garam masala powder along with ¼ cup of water. Let the spices cook with water for few minutes. Add kasuri methi and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Now add boiled dal, and mix well.  Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and again mix well. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve hot with any of your favorite bread or or steamed rice. Enjoy!


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