South Indian Stir Fried Lentils

A common dish from back home, this makes a filling and healthy snack. You could use a a couple of varieties of Indian Lentils or even the regular green lentils or puy lentils for this dish.


2 cups green lentils ( you could also use Split Bengal Gram(channa)  or Split Green Gram (moong) Dals)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp split black gram dal(urad dal)
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
4-5 dried red chillies, crushed
8-10 curry Leaves, finely chopped

Bring salted water to a boil. Add the lentils and cook until soft, around 10 minutes. Drain and let sit for 5 minutes.

In a nonstick pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and as soon as they start popping add asafoetida, salt, dried red chillies and urad dal. Fry until dal starts to turn golden. Add the curry leaves, salt and stir.

len11len21Add this mixture to the cooked lentils, toss together and serve warm.



  1. Did you leave some red chillies and curry leaves unchopped for presentation? The recipe called for finely chopped. I love all sorts of dal snacks, this is the most healthy one I have seen. Great job!


    1. Thanks Zia.
      I always finely chop herbs and leave a few rustic pieces, not just for presentation also for some texture. And the red chillies, since i roughly crush them using my hands, there are always some bigger pieces that end up in the dish. I don’t finely crush them.


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