Khatti Dal

Khatti Dal was waiting in my list for a long time to be posted on the blog. In recent days I have became a fan of this khatti dal. It is so simple to cook and tastes awesome with Rice. I first came to know about this Khatti dal from a Hyderabadi restaurant here. One day We went there for having our favorite Mutton tahari. But unfortunately, as it got over. We were supposed to order other dishes. So we decided to order some Basmati rice along with Dum ka mutton. And after sometimes the waiter came with the ordered dishes along with that he also bought some Khatti dal and insisted us to have the rice along with it. When I had Katti dal along with Rice and dum ka mutton. It tasted similar to a dish called Paruppu Kathrikai(dal with Brinjal) which is usually prepared at our place in Muslim families to serve along with ghee rice in functions and even at home. The taste of it used to be sour. So both the dal recipe had similar taste and I felt like having food at home. From then I became a fan of it. Again whenever we go to that restaraunt we used to try it. I have also tried the recipe at home many times and each time it was so tasty. It goes well with Rice and any spicy non veg gravies or kebab.

Now I prefer this dal recipe over others because of the lovely sour taste in it. Try this recipe and you will love it.

Also, check out the other dal recipes.

Dal palak

Methi dal

Katti paruppu

Mixed veg Sambar

Moong dal sambar

Radish Sambar

Small onion Sambar

Idi sambar

Sambar sadam

Arisi Paruppu sadam

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time: 30 mins

Serves : 3 – 4


For cooking Dal

Toor dal – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 1 medium-sized

Green chillies – 4

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Tamarind – a lemon size

For Tempering

Oil – 3 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Dried Red chilli – 3

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp


1.Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of hot water for about 15 mins and extract the juice.

2. Rinse the dal well in water and soak it in water for about 20 – 30 minutes. Then drain the soaked water completely.

3. In a pressure cooker add the soaked dal, sliced tomatoes, green chillies, red chilli powder, Turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, oil and 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Pressure cook in medium flame for 3-4 whistles. Then switch off the flame. When the pressure has released open the lid. Mash the dal well.

4. To the Mashed dal add salt to taste and tamarind extract. Mix well. Switch on the flame. Cook until it starts to bubble out. Then switch off the flame.

5. In a pan add oil for Tempering. When the oil is hot, add Mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Then add Cumin seeds, Curry leaves, dried red chilli and ginger garlic paste, asafoetida . Fry them well. Then add this tempering to cooked dal. Khatti dal is ready to be served.

Serve with Rice.

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