Methi Chana Dal Recipe

Bengal gram recipe with fresh fenugreek greens | Dal methi | Kannada style Menthya matvadi palya | Good in Diabetes

Recipe / food styling / photography by - Sunayana Gupta


Methi Chana Dal is a spicy Dal recipe of Bengal Gram ( Chane ki dal ) and fresh seasonal fenugreek or Methi leaves. This chana dal tastes great with rice and rotis.

Whenever you feel like having something different and easy for a meal, then do try making this Chana Dal Methi that is robust with flavors and the generous tempering of onion-garlic makes it irresistable. Besides being delicious, this dal is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber that one needs and of course a wonderful way to sneak some greens in regular diet without much ado.

Did you know, Fenugreek or Methi Greens is known for lowering blood sugar levels, boosting testosterone and increasing milk production in breastfeeding mothers.

A Note -

If you are a Diabetic, then this recipe of Methi Chana Dal is good for you, though you might need to adjust the quantity of ‘Ghee’ in tempering (Tadka) or simply omit adding tempering as per the guidance of your physician!

For more Diabetic Friendly Methi Recipes, do check out -

Methi Moong Dal Khichidi

Methi Oatmeal Bhakhri

Moong dal methi

Also check more variety of Snacks, Paranthas and Side Dishes with Methi in Fenugreek Recipes -

Gujarati methi khakhra

Methi thepla

Aloo methi gravy

Menthya soppu rotti

Kasuri methi aloo

Chana dal methi teams beautifully with plain rice, but to stay away from monotony do try pairing this with Sesame rice, Carrot sadam, Cabbage Masala Rice or Thakkali sadam. Team your meal with quickly made Radish Chutney or No Oil Ginger Pickle that needs just 4-5 days to mature.

Methi Chana Dal

Methi Chana Dal is a spicy Dal recipe of Bengal Gram ( Chane ki dal ) and fresh seasonal fenugreek or Methi leaves and chana dal tastes great with rice and rotis.

Preparation Time :
Cooking Time : 20 minutes

Category : Dal
Cuisine :
Servings : 3 servings

Author : Sunayana Gupta

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Recipe Ingredients

  • Bengal gram or Chana dal - 1 cup
  • Fenugreek leaves - 1 cup tightly packed
  • Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
  • Salt - To taste
  • Water - 3 cups 

For Tempering or Tadka -

  • Ghee - 1 tablespoon
  • Onion (Sliced) - 1 small
  • Garlic (Chopped) - 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilli (Slit) - 2
  • Dry red chilli - 1-2 broken

How to make Methi Chana Dal

  • To make Methi Chana Dal we need to wash and soak chana dal in water for 3-4 hours. After soaking drain excess water and follow the recipe -
  • Take soaked dal in a pressure cooker, add 3 cups of water, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and give a nice stir.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles and if you want dal to get completly mushy, then cook for about 8-9 whistles and remove from heat.
  • Let the pressure settle down before opening the lid. Meanwhile we can prepare the tempering.
  • In a pan heat ghee and add chopped garlic, onion and cook till it turns golden brown.
  • Quicklly lower the flame and add in fenugreek leaves, stir and cook for 2 minutes till they get soft.
  • Add this tempering to cooked dal.
  • Methi Chana Dal is now ready. Serve hot.

Notes -

If you don’t want to temper your dal, then just cook methi leaves with little amount of water (Say 2 tablespoon) for 2 minutes till they get soft and add to cooked dal.

You can also cook the greens along with dal in pressure cooker, but we won’t recommend doing that since this way greens get over cooked and this destroys the nutrients.

  • Name
  • Methi Chana Dal Recipe
  • Sub name
  • Bengal gram recipe with fresh fenugreek greens | Dal methi | Kannada style Menthya matvadi palya | Good in Diabetes
  • Category
  • Dal
  • Cuisine
  • North Indian
  • Key ingredients
  • Bengal gram or chana dal, fenugreek leaves, spices
  • Cooking technique
  • Boiling and tempering
  • Technicality
  • Medium
  • Taste
  • Spicy and garlicy
  • Texture
  • Soft
  • Cooking time
  • 20 minutes
  • Servings
  • 3
  • Equipment used
  • Pressure cooker, pan
  • Steps
  • 0
  • Created date
  • 2018-12-26 14:13:22

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