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methi dal in a bowl

Methi dal - Menthi kura pappu

A an easy and healthy dal with toor dal, fenugreek leaves, and Indian spices. Make this simple dal for your lunch or dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sravanthi


  • ½ cup toor dal
  • ¾ cup fenugreek leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes 2 medium sized
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Cook the toor dal and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan and add oil once it is hot. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chili, and finely chopped or grated ginger to the hot oil. 
  • Once these turn lightly brown, after a minute or so, add chopped tomatoes to the pan.
  • Let the tomatoes cook till they turn mushy. It took around 4 to 5 minutes for me on medium flame. You can see the oil released from the cooked tomatoes.
  • Now add chopped fenugreek leaves, salt, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and turmeric powder.
  • Mix it well and let it cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add cooked toor dal to this methi leaves tempering and let the dal cook for 4 to 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Switch of the flame and dish out the fenugreek leaves lentils and it's ready to serve!

Making methi dal in an Instant Pot

  • Start Instant pot in saute mode. Once it is hot, add oil to the Inner Pot.
  • Now add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, red chili, and chopped garlic.
  • Once the garlic turns little brown, dish out the tempering into a small bowl so that you can add it at last.
  • To the remaining tempering, add chopped tomatoes and mix it once.
  • Now add washed toor dal or yellow pigeon peas to the inner pot.
  • Add water to this now.
  • Close the Instant Pot with lid, seal the vent. Select Manual or Pressure cook mode and cook the toor dal for 6 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Once the Instant Pot beeps, do a manual pressure release after 10 minutes.
  • Start the instant pot on saute mode again.
  • To this cooked lentils, add turmeric powder, salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, and coriander seeds powder.
  • Mix it well and add chopped fenugreek leaves.
  • Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes and switch off the instant pot.
  • Take the inner pot out and add tempering (if you saved it in an earlier step), mix it well.
  • Indian style Fenugreek leaves lentils (Methi dal or Menthi Kura Pappu) is ready to serve!