Aamer Dal- Red Lentils With Green Mango


Tips on Cooking that perfect bowl of dal:-

  1. Adding salt at the beginning can toughen the grain.So preferably add salt after the lentils have cooked.
  2. Adding tomatoes/lemon juice or any acidic ingredient can lengthen the cooking time.Add these after the lentils have become almost 80% tender.
  3. Very old lentils [6 months or older] can take longer time to cook and may not taste great.Try to use a fresh batch.
  4. Adding a tsp of mustard/olive oil/ghee can really bring out the flavors of the grain.Try it.
  5. Since cooking & soaking time of each kind of lentil vary, its always better to keep a watch so that they do not overcook. A perfect cooked dal has a nutty taste to it.

Ingredients: [Serves 2]

Printable Recipe

  • 1 cup red lentils , broken
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tsp ghee (or any neutral oil)
  • 1 large, sour green mango [or 1/2 cup grated mango, or use lime juice at the end for tang]
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Generous pinch of garam masala
For tempering
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 1.5 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Nigella seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder/cayenne (adjust to taste)

  • Peel the skin from the mango and finely grate it.Set aside.
  • In a bowl,wash the red lentils under a stream of water 2-3 times.
  • After washing, tip them in a pressure cooker or large, heavy bottomed pot along with turmeric, tomatoes, ghee and grated mango(if using) and let soak in water.Note: Although I have given the measure of water above,it is totally your call.As a thumb rule, the water should be enough to cover and rise 1.5″-2″ above the lentils. Let soak in water for at least 1.5 hours.
  • Cooking the lentils [Any one of the below]:-
  1. Using Pressure Cooker {this is what I do} :- Cook the lentils [along with soaking water] for 8-10 minutes on medium heat till the first whistle.Immediately remove from heat and wait till the steam completely escapes..Again this time will vary if you are using whole lentils.Once the lentils are cooked add salt.
  2. Cooking in a pot :-Add lentils [along with water] and simmer on medium heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.Once the lentils are cooked, add salt.
  • Tempering :-In a small sauce pan, heat the ghee till hot on medium heat.Add the cumin, mustard & Nigella seeds.Wait till they crackle.Add the cloves & dry chillies.Cook for 20 seconds.Remove from heat and add the red chilli powder.Immediately add this tempering to cooked dal.
  • Stir in the tempering and garnish with cilantro, sprinkle with garam masala
  • Serve warm as a soup or with steamed rice.
  • If you are adjusting the water after the lentils have cooked, add warm water.
  • You can cube or slice the mangoes too, grating them is a personal preference.
  • Sometimes I add a tomato or two, if my mangoes are not very sour.
  • If soaked properly, red lentils quick very quickly, to keep a watch as they cook.
Enjoy and Thanks for stopping by!

54 thoughts on “Aamer Dal- Red Lentils With Green Mango

  1. Tanvi, you have to be one of food bloggers who just know how to place the food, even simple ingredients, just on right location. I always love looking at your pictures beacause 1) food is superb, 2) pictures are awesome, and 3) fun to read about something I don’t know. Very entertaining food blog to me, but only drawback is making me even more hungry.

  2. This reminded me of one summer .. HOT SUMMER I spent in Kolkata and Ma made this daal almost every day and it was soo perfect for the weather and taste SO good. I have to make this sometime .. only problem is to convince the hubby who will probably not like it …hmmm!!
    Love your photos .. specially the one where you have lentils in a basket with that coriander leaf next to it .. 🙂

  3. Looks very hearty and delicious, Tanvi! I’m the same way with lentils–always scared I’m going to overcook them. But when cooked right, they’re SO good. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Love the presentation, especially your adorable bowls and plates.

  4. pink and black – India – and alice looked into the mirror and pleated her skirt...looked again and said..oh wow is that me!!!
    sulagna on said:

    you ahve an absolutely amazing blog here 🙂 i love the detailing in the pictures especially 🙂

    aamer daal reminds me of my childhood, rushing back home from school and Ma waiting for me to serve lunch during summers! and aamer daal was always a staple in our home during summers !!

  5. Delicious Everyday – Freelance food photographer & stylist. Portfolio at http://www.jenniferlschmidt.com Vegetarian food blogger at Delicious Everyday http://www.deliciouseveryday.com/
    delicieux on said:

    I love lentil curries and yours looks fantastic. I’ve never tried one with green mangoes though, but it sounds brilliant!

  6. Tanvi, I never knew dal could be overcooked! Thanks so much for the wonderful tips like not adding salt from the beginning. I’m definately trying this recipe as my family LOVES dal!

  7. Great pictures and great recipe! I’ve never had green mango.. or red lentils buuut you make them look so appetizing, especially put together 🙂

  8. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) – I’m Faith and I blog at www.AnEdibleMosaic.com where I share my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Come check out my mosaic of recipes.
    Faith on said:

    That’s something I never thought I’d see. Red lentels with Mango? I bet hubby will die and go to heaven if I made this for him since he adores both. Your pictures are amazing.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide on said:

    Your tips are so helpful. I love the flavors and your pictures are just so appealing!

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  11. Stop. Making. Me. Hungry! You mean, mean girl…how am I supposed to eat anything ordinary today when that EXTRAORDINARY bowl of dal is sitting before me. Grated mango? I have never heard nor done of such a thing. Genius! I really want to “pop by” for dinner sometime. Pretty please…just a five hour drive or so from LA, right?

  12. Toker Dal that is what my mum calls it and I think that is what Bengalis call it, tok means sour. My mum always talks about it I have no clue how it is made for in Bombay the wheather does not give you a reason for cooking such a dal. Even during the month of May the cool sea breeze makes it quite pleasant. My mum tried making it when she was new to Bombay and ended up with a sore throat. Like your husband she does crave for it.

  13. Hi Tanvi,

    The saucepan with the melted ghee looks absolutely laden with flavours!! Your photography is pretty amazing too 🙂

  14. Geez, i guess i must have been living under a rock or something to have never tasted dhal before! And from your description, i think i am gonna have to try get my hands on them soon!

  15. Your pictures are gorgeous (do I always write the same comment??) . This dal sounds sooooooo good! I had never heard of a tempering with green mango,and will try it soon, me too, could swim in dal 🙂

  16. aldentegourmet – I'm a whole foods maker + refined sugar-free mum that loves nourishing food, road trips, summer scarves + photography.
    Aldy on said:

    Oooh, This looks simply superb! I love lentils and this lovely dish is making my mouth water!!!

    Fabulous shots 🙂


  17. Thanks for all these lentil-cooking tips! I have a feeling I’ve probably been doing it wrong all this time! This dish looks amazing…definite comfort food. And one I would choose over dessert as well!

  18. Oh my, this looks soooo delicious, Tanvi! My husband is constantly bugging me to make him dal, because he loves to eat it for breakfast ever since we visited Sri Lanka. Everything on your blog is so scrumptious, I want to try it all! :-))

  19. Great looking dal..and the pictures are to die for ..Love mango flavor in dishes like this 🙂 I simply loved the pic of tadka in the pan 🙂

  20. Such an interesting combination, red lentil and green mango…and it sure looks delicious with all the spices in it. Beautiful pictures as well. Have a great week ahead Tanvi 🙂

  21. An ocean of dal…I am with your husband all the way 🙂 Lentils can be touchy but os so glorious when they come out well 🙂 Gorgeous, gorgeous dish!

  22. Christy – A person who loves to put her thoughts to words,travels to see the world and talks on her views:)
    Christy on said:

    How did you manage to make dal look so fabulous?:) The best part about lentils are the protein packed elements in it, and they are just so versatile too:D

  23. pink and black – India – and alice looked into the mirror and pleated her skirt...looked again and said..oh wow is that me!!!
    sulagna on said:

    hi Tanvi, thanks for the lovely comment on my blog 🙂 i was wondering how did the “aamer daal” feature in your cooking, even though you are from the north. So today post lunch, while i blog the most i read up a loott (and i mean a lot) of your posts till i came upon bhapa ilish n bhindi cooked with posto, that i learn abt the bong connection.

    so i thought i will conenct you with pree who is another food blogger i adore and one you can read and cook mostly abt bengali cuisine..


    Have fun and let me keep feasting on your gorgeous pictures and recipes !

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  29. Hi Tanvi,
    Just passing by to say that I prepared this dal yesterday night and it was a big hit both with Mr Artichoke (Bengali Boy himself!!) and with me! I can even confess that I had one more little bowl before going to sleep… I really liked the flavour and little tanginess brought by the raw mango!
    Thanks for sharing it!

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