Methi Dal in Pressure Cooker

Methi Dal in Pressure Cooker

Methi dal is a protein-rich lentil side dish that is an easy and healthy side dish you could make in under 30 minutes!

Fenugreek leaves or methi leaves are one of the healthiest green leafy vegetables and hold numerous benefits, especially in cleansing our intestines. You could include them in your diet by adding them to dal, parathas, curry, pakoda, and so on.

This recipe for methi dal is uncomplicated, thanks to pressure cooking! You simply need to pressure-cook a few ingredients, mash them, and season them, and it’s ready to eat!

Read on to know how I make this delicious dal!

Tip: To make the process quicker, always prep methi leaves the previous night and store them in the refrigerator.

Methi Dal

A protein-rich side dish made with methi leaves, toor dal, onion, tomato, tamarind, and garlic and seasoned with spices.
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dal Palak, Fenugreek Dal, Methi Dal
Servings: 4 people


Pressure Cooking

  • 1 ½ cup toor dal
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium bunches methi leaves (with or without stem) thoroughly washed and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves ponded or minced
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • half of a small lime-sized tamarind
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder or as per taste
  • salt to taste


  • 2-3 tbsp peanut oil or any cooking oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves


  • Add all the ingredients under the pressure cooking section into a pressure cooker.
    Pressure cook on medium heat for 6-7 whistles or until all the ingredients have been well-cooked.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally. Gently mash the dal and keep it aside.
  • Seasoning: Heat oil in a cooking pot on medium heat.
  • Add mustard seeds, and cumin seeds and allow them to pop and sizzle. Then add curry leaves, and allow them to splutter.
  • Pour the seasoning over dal and stir to mix.
  • Serve healthy and delicious methi dal with rice, quinoa, or millet, or enjoy it by itself like a soup.

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Let me know if you tried this recipe by tagging a picture of your preparation on my Instagram @swaadista and using #swaadistarecipes.

Happy cooking, happy eating!

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