Mixed Daal (Lentil) Curry ~ No Oil!

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While I was listening to Surah Al-Baqarah on my drive to the office a couple of days ago, in the portion where Allah describes the creation of mankind (from verse 30), this one verse always entices me:


“They (the angels) said, “Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.” (Surah Al-Baqarah:32)

This is what the angels replied when Allah asked them to name certain things that He showed, which then our father Adam (AS) went on to answer, with the permission and information received from Him. What I love about this verse is how humble they are about themselves and how they are fully submissive to His Will. Definitely, angels are the most submissive of His Creations, who only perform as per His instructions. Whereas, He has created us with a clear mind to think and decide on what we can do. Yet, with the brain that He gave us, we choose to ignore Him and follow our desires to go about with our life. As I was hearing the verse, I asked myself, why do we find it difficult to have the same level of acceptance as the angels? He has not created us that way, but in this statement, there is a lesson for us to be content with whatever we have and to be positive about His will…


Being on a vegan diet means that I am cooking lots of lentils and legumes these days. The kids are getting a bit frustrated but I am surprised with the level of support I am receiving from HD, as he says he feels “lighter”. At the same time, I know that he has his share of chicken biriyani whenever he gets a chance to, so the meals at night are just to make him balance! πŸ˜‰ I saw this recipe of mixed daals in a Vanitha magazine that I had lugged along last time from my vacation. What really attracted me more than the use of multi-lentils, was that there is zero oil in this recipe! I am not joking… the onion cooks in its juices that comes by adding a little salt, so you need to keep sauteing it, but that is not a problem when you don’t have to use oil right. At the end, when the curry is ready, you don’t even seem to miss the oil at all! It is a quick and comforting meal that comes together in very little time and can be had as soup if you are in no mood to make some chapathis! πŸ˜‰


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5 from 1 vote

Mixed Daal Curry ~ No Oil!

Course Vegeterian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 tbsp masoor dal
  • 2 tbsp urad dal
  • 2 tbsp tur dal
  • 2 tbsp moong dal
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 to mato chopped small
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander


  • Wash all the dals and soak in water for an hour. Drain and set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker, allow to dry and toast the cumin. Add the onion, put a little salt and continously saute till wilted.
  • Add the drained lentils and mix well for a few minutes.
  • Add a cup of water along with the turmeric, red chilli powder, tomato and salt and cook for three whistles on high. Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid, add the yogurt and the garam masala and cook on simmer for a couple of minutes. Garnish with coriander and serve.

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  1. Healthy cooking indeed..I would have never thought onion can be sautΓ©ed with no oil. Will give it a try.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vinee… even I didn’t till I tried this recipe…

  2. good one raf, but personally prefer some garlic or hing in dal based curry as it may lead to gastric pblm.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You are right, daal has different effect on different people, but I feel the yogurt balances out the effect… Thanks a lot Babi…

  3. Ok more than the “No oil” the addition of Yogurt surprised me! most of the days in hurry I make dal without tadka or oil. I just add everything in the pressure cooker and done. So I thought it must be similar to that, but Yogurt in dal is new to me. πŸ˜› And yes, I usually add garlic to dals but does Yogurt do its job? πŸ˜›

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… you seem to cook like my umma! πŸ˜› Somehow I don’t like dal made like that… It looks like the yogurt does the job if its task is to control the gastric effect… πŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot Fami…

  4. 5 stars
    Oh dear, that’t the “American” way I cook our dal with no oil.
    I just chop everything up & throw it in the pot & boil. I do put garlic paste in our dal though, husband says he can’t stand hing but I like it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh is it? Hehe… Thank you so much Bibi…

  5. It sounds yum !Yoghurt in dal is interesting!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia…

  6. You know what i love about your post is you always start with something from the quram or hadheeth something to enlighten the soul …. so i know you r a beautiful person inside n out :). Love the dal curry by the way all it needs is a nice piece of naan bread

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We all have our good and ugly, dear… I do it to keep myself in check, we need to keep reevaluating ourselves always, right? πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Nammi…

  7. This is interesting…will the onion not burn without oil? and Addition of yogurt sounds unique…got to try it…looks amazing to go with hot phulkas

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You need to add the onion with some salt so that it starts releasing its fluid, and keep sauteing it non-stop so that it doesn’t stick… Thank you so much Anupa…

  8. Biny Anoop says:

    Hello Raf…I do make it…but never added garam masala and yogurt…worth a try

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Biny…

  9. Dal looks delicious… that too without oil… bookmarked…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amina…

  10. Nice healthy dal…thanks for sharing

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  11. This is a Eureka moment! Congratulations.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sowmya…

  12. No oil seems different and healthy….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shahina…

  13. awesome !! This is more like a Panch mel dal … Use of Yogurt is that bit of special touch . I will keep it in mind .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, a type of panchmel dal made healthy… hehe… thanks a lot Sandhya…

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