Triveni Dal

Dal (also spelled Dahl or Daal, or Dhal) is a preparation of pulses (dried lentils, peas or beans) which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split. It also refers to the thick stew prepared from these pulses, an important part of Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, West Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. It is regularly eaten with rice and vegetables in southern India, and with both rice and roti (wheat-based flat bread) throughout northern India and Pakistan. Dal is a ready source of proteins for a balanced diet containing little or no meat.
It provides an excellent source of protein for the Indian subcontinent, particularly for those adopting vegetarian diets or diets which do not contain much meat. Dal is typically around 25% protein by weight, giving it comparable protein content to meats. Dal is also high in carbohydrates whilst being virtually fat free. Dal is also rich in the B vitamins thiamine and folic acid as well as several minerals, notably iron and zinc.”
These words that I have copied from Wikipedia indicate how important dal is in our vegetarian meal.
 I make it a point to make dal everyday but the fact remains that I generally make it only in one particular way day in and out so that becomes boring and then it is rejected at the table.
So for this BM I choose dal as my theme. At least then I will try a newer variety that is the general idea. 

The girls are happy with rasam and sambhar day in and out husband and FIL will want something sans the masala. To try and find the acceptable mean point is not easy especially with the vocal teen and about to enter teens around.
This particular dal had no takers, not on day 1.  The next day in the evening after we came back shopping at almost dinner time I heated the dal in the microwave and my elder daughter came to help me. As she opened the microwave there was a waft of the most beautiful smell, the aroma of a delicious dal.
Immediately the dal had so many takers that I was short of rice. J
This is no particular recipe just what I made after reading so many dal recipes here in the blogosphere. It’s just what was appreciated at home. Dals, like most Indian foods are very forgiving make it to suit your palate.
 I make a mixture of 3 dals which is very very rarely acceptable and infact no one realized that the dal was a mix of 3 dals and not just toor dal.
 Triveni Dal


1/3 cup moong dal (yellow)
1/3 cup toor dal
1/3 cup masoor dal
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tomatoes
1 ½ tsp sambhar masala
¼ tsp amchur
1-2 bits of kokum (optional)
Black salt
Salt (if needed)
Red chilies
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp Jeera
¼ cup milk


1.  Wash and pressure cook the dal with ½ onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
2.  Meanwhile chop the remaining onion fine, tomatoes.
3.  Heat the ghee and fry the garlic and red chilies set aside.
4.  In same the hot ghee splutter the jeera add the onions and stir fry till translucent.
5.  Add the tomatoes and cook covered till the tomatoes turn mushy. Add a tblsp or 2 of water if needed.
6.  Add the cooked dal and 3 cups water and milk.
7.  Add the sambhar masala, black salt, amchur, salt & kokum if using. Bring to boil.
8.  Check the seasoning and the thickness of the dal.
9.  Serve hot with rice or rotis.


 This dal tastes better, much better the next day.
For Vegan dal omit the milk but I feel coconut milk will taste good.

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23 thoughts on “Triveni Dal

  1. Julie September 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Comfort dish..healthy & nutritious!!Join my ongoing EP events-Oregano OR Paprika @ Foodomania

  2. divya September 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Looks so flavorful and delicious!!

  3. Reshmi Mahesh September 24, 2012 at 4:05 am Reply

    Delicious dal..yum..

  4. Sangeetha Nambi September 24, 2012 at 5:06 am Reply

    Mouth watering… Love the name…

  5. The Pumpkin Farm September 24, 2012 at 5:18 am Reply

    I can definitely taste this and would know that it might have turned out wonderfully delicious….nice recipe, il iked the name you have given to the dal

  6. Chef Mireille September 24, 2012 at 5:48 am Reply

    never had dal with milk before – must be very nice and creamy

  7. Hari Chandana P September 24, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

    Comforting and healthy dal.. looks yummy 🙂Indian Cuisine

  8. Priti S September 24, 2012 at 6:46 am Reply

    I do something similar too …looks yum

  9. Kaveri Venkatesh September 24, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

    Dals are hubby's favorite and i am always on the look out for variations…this one sounds yum..will try soon

  10. Prathima Rao September 24, 2012 at 11:27 am Reply

    I can see why it was a hit at home..The ingredients look so flavorful..Must try this way soon 🙂 How is your back prob now?Prathima RaoParts Corner

  11. Shama Nagarajan September 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

    inviting recipe

  12. Sayantani September 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

    never tried making this but definitely a comforting dish. looks very creamy.

  13. Priya September 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Comforting food definitely,inviting.

  14. Rajani S September 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Dal is so easy to make, yet tastes so delicious!

  15. Swasthi September 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm Reply

    healthy dish. will try soon

  16. Shobha September 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm Reply

    We have a Sindhi dal similar to this one but we use chana dal instead of masoor dal.

  17. Srivalli Jetti September 25, 2012 at 4:03 am Reply

    Looks wonderful Archana..

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  23. Triveni October 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm Reply

    hi archana,triveni daal was interesting. i went through it….yes u guessed right because of it's name.

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