Five Jewel Lentil Curry

This recipe is adapted from Devagi sanmugham’s (Devagi’s restaurant) recipes. She is considered as the spice queen of Singapore and has written so many cook books . This is a traditional punjabi recipe and goes well with roti or rice.


  1. chana dal -125gms
  2. Urad dal – 125gms
  3. Moong dal – 125gms
  4. Masoor dal – 125gms
  5. Toor dal – 125 gms
  6. Onion(medium,chopped) -1
  7. Ginger-garlic paste – 1tbsp
  8. Green chilly(chopped) – 3
  9. Tomatoes(medium) – 2
  10. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  11. Chilly powder – 1 tsp
  12. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  13. Butter – 2tbsp
  14. Oil – 2 tbsp
  15. Salt
  16. Coriander leaves


  1. Clean and wash all the lentils thoroughly in several changes of water.
  2. pressure cook dal with turmeric powder and sufficient water  until it is soft and broken.Add salt  and stir well to prevent from sticking to the bottom .
  3. Keep the lentils on low simmer while making fried seasonings.
  4. Heat oil in a pan.Add onions and fry till light brown.add ginger-garlic paste,green chilly and  fry for 2 mins.
  5. Then Add chopped tomatoes and fry till slightly  brown.
  6. Pour the entire contents of the pan over the dal and gently stir to mix.continue stirring while you make the spiced butter.
  7. Heat butter in a pan and add cumin seeds and chilly powder. Immediately pour the entire contents of the pan over the dal.
  8. Combine well and remove from heat.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves


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9 Responses

  1. Uma says:

    lovely dal. nice combo of five dals. must have tasted great.

  2. swati raman says:

    hey this is good na.. remember my panchmel dal

  3. sowmya says:

    looks yummy…very similar to panchmel dal of rajasthan

  4. Asha says:

    Mouthwatering and healthy dish, I will try!:)

  5. ranji says:

    this looks so mouth watering delcious..a .great combination with rotis..

  6. Hetal says:

    Nice recipe….this is like Panchmel dal we make.Would love to c u on my blog and get ur feedback.

  7. Hetal says:

    Hi this is my first visit to ur blog.nice recipe….this is like Panchmel dal we make.Would love to c u on my blog and get ur feedback.

  8. Vani says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Lovely recipes in your blog! Will be back for a leisurely look. The dal looks beautiful! 🙂

  9. sheetal says:

    The dal looks very good and healthy too….

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