Methi Kofta in Spicy Dal | Dal with Methi Koftas | Step by Step Recipe

>>  Monday, April 23, 2012

Another new week begins with it, we have another Blogging Marathon. Last week was really exciting for me with the Thali Theme. Not only was I able to make some good thalis, also managed to make one new thali end of the week. Sunday as always was too hectic. Post lunch, I was ready to call it a day!

So having the theme to blog about the recipes that were part of the thali, really makes it easy I thought. I am sure my BM'ers who did the Thali will agree with me. It's been a real learning experience while doing the Thali. Since all our cooking is done on the same day, there is nothing much you can do to ease the pressure. But then if you have somebody to chat, help, it's really easy to get done.

Coming to the recipe for the day, this is an interesting combination of Dal with koftas. The first time I read the recipe, which is from a paper clipping dated a decade back, I mistook the recipe and had the ingredients wrongly done.

Methi Kofta in Spicy Dal was part of the North Indian Thali

Like the dal is supposed to be cooked, whereas the way it was written I almost thought the dal has to be the base for koftas and ground it to a coarse paste. After that mistake, I came to know understand how it was made and realised how important recipe writing was. Maybe because it was on a print media, space constraint is always there. Still, you won't expect steps to be interchanged which will result with having extra dal batter on hand, as I did.

However, after understanding what the recipe is supposed to be made, we ended up with on delicious dal Koftas.

Spicy Dal with Methi Kofta

For the Dal

Toor dal - 1/4 Cup
Channa Dal / Bengal Gram dal - 1/4 Cup
Onions - 3/4 cup
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Tomatoes, puree  - 1  & 1/2 cup
Sugar -1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Lemon - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp

For the Methi Kofta

Gram Flour - 1 cup
Methi leaves / Fenugreek leaves - 1 cup
Cashews nut - 2 tbsp
Red Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
How to make the Dal

Wash and soak the dals together for 10 mins. Then in a pressure cooker, cook till it is soft.
Gently churn it and keep it aside.

Heat a nonstick pan, add oil, saute onions till they turn colour. Then add ginger garlic paste saute well. Next add the turmeric powder, garam masala, chilli powder along with salt and sugar. Saute well. Then add the tomato puree, combine and continue cooking for couple of minutes.

When the tomato is cooked well, add the cooked dal and water. simmer for 5 mins.

How to make the Methi Koftas:

Wash and drain the methi leaves well

In a bowl, take gram flour, ginger garlic paste, chopped cashew, chilli pow. salt and chopped methi leave. Slowly knead to a dough.

Heat oil for deep frying and deep fry the balls on all sides. Keep it aside.

When the dal is ready, add the methi koftas and cook in simmer.

Serve with Methi Carrot Pulao.


You can add the methi balls just before serving, else it might soak up all the dal.

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Chef Mireille April 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM  

this will def. be on my menu next time I do Indian dinner :)

Amarendra April 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM  

Awesome combination of methi kofta and dal.. Bookmarking.

Champa April 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM  

Srivalli, this is really new. Kofta with dal. Brilliant.

Shobha April 23, 2012 at 6:48 PM  

Dal with kofta..this combo sounds interesting.
Will try it out.

Anu April 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

delicious and filling dal.

Priya April 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM  

Kofta in dal sounds truly interestive and quite interesting..Lovely twist to the usual kofta curries.

Nalini's Kitchen April 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM  

The dal kofta curry sounds interesting,the spread makes me hungry and looks tempting.

Rituparna April 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

That looks delicious!
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DivyaGCP April 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM  

Have never made kofta before.. Adding this methi kofta to my must try list.. Looks so tempting..

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The Pumpkin Farm April 23, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

looks cool, this is good gravy for koftas...liked this variation

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi April 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM  

Never added kofta to dal. sounds very interesting!

vidhas April 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM  

dal kofta sounds yum.

vidhas April 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM  

dal kofta sounds yum.

rajani April 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM  

Dal with kofta? Looks great! And you are so right about the recipe writing.

Jayanthi April 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM  

beautiful twist to the regular koftas. Should definitely try it ...I have recipe for bread kofta in spinach gravy, this one is quite new. Bookmarked it.

DivyaGCP April 24, 2012 at 1:59 AM  

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veena krishnakumar April 24, 2012 at 7:08 AM  

Hey...this dal is missing in my dal index:-)...looks very nice valli....shall make it soon

Pavani April 24, 2012 at 7:11 AM  

Such a yummy dish. Will have to try this one soon. Thanks for sharing Valli.

Kalyani April 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM  

yummy koftas in that dal gravy !! tasty ...

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Vardhini April 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM  

Kofthas look inviting and the gravy is delicious.


Priyas Feast April 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM  

I never tried this version..sounds too good.

PJ April 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM  

Oh yea Srivalli, we can now post all our Thali recipes in peace and not under pressure :). Lovely koftas in dal..

Cool Lassi(e) April 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM  

Lovely mouthwatering spread. I think koftas in a dhal is amazing!

Gayathri Kumar April 25, 2012 at 5:09 AM  

Never come across koftas in lentil based gravy. Looks very nice...

Degchi April 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM  

I have never thought of trying kofta with the dal.Nice try valli.

PriyaVaasu April 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM  

Dal Kofta looks yum, i might try it as a Side for Rotis !!!!!

Jayasri Ravi April 27, 2012 at 5:23 AM  

Lovely koftas and awesome thali, and beutiful clicks too..

Suma Gandlur April 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM  

Very interesting one.

Preeti Garg April 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM  

awesome dal kofta

Aarthi April 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM  

kofta looks so mouthwatering

Dinesh Sharma May 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM  

its looking nice ,but i never try to methi kofta in dal.Its a famous
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