Raw Mango Dal With Drumstick | Khatti Dal

The only reason I love summer is Mango. In Indian cuisine Mangoes are used in several dishes where raw mango is used as a condiment in dishes, ripe mango is enjoyed as a fruit, and in a variety of desserts.

The most popular dishes made with raw Mangoes are Mango Chutney, Aam Ka Panna, Mango Dal, and of-course Mango pickle which is a staple in every Indian home.

Khatti Dal (i.e sour lentils) is made using several souring agents like tamarind, mango powder (Amchoor), and Tomatoes but when it is summer it has to be aam wali khatti dal (Lentils Cooked with Raw Mangoes).

About the Recipe

This recipe is my own version of Mango dal and I love to add Drumsticks to my Dal. To make this Mango dal I first Cook the Toor Dal with some salt, Turmeric, and Raw Mango. Then I prepare the tadka(tempering) in a separate pan using the spices and Drumsticks. Cooked dal is added to the tadka and Simmered for 5-7 minutes. This raw mango and drumstick dal is best enjoyed with boiled or steamed rice.



Toor Dal 1 Cup

Raw Mango Chopped 1 small sized

Turmeric 1 tsp

Salt according to taste


Onion 1 Medium Sized

Curry Leaves 1 sprig

Tomato 1 Medium Sized

Garlic 5-6 pods – peeled and finely chopped

Drumsticks 4-5 sticks cut into pieces (about 3-4 inches long)

Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp

Red Chilly Powder 1 1/2 tsp

Green Chillies 2

Coriander Powder 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp

Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp

Salt acc to taste


Green Coriander to garnish

How To Make Raw Mango Dal With A Drumstick

Raw Mango Dal With Drumstick
  1.  Wash the dal and put it in the pressure cooker
  2. Add 2 cups of water, turmeric powder, chopped raw mango, and salt
  3. Pressure cook till 2-3 whistles, depending on the time required by your pressure cooker to cook the dal.

Step 2 – Prepare the Tadka For Dal

  1. Heat oil in a pan
  2. Add the Mustard Seeds and Cumin seeds and let them splutter
  3. Add curry leaves
  4. Put the garlic and fry till it becomes light brown
  5. Add thinly sliced onion, fry till onions become brown
  6. Put the chopped Tomatoes and powdered spices i.e Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilly powder, and Salt
  7. Stir well, and cook for 2-3 minutes
  8. Add the Drumsticks and 1/2 cup of water
  9. Stir well and cover.
  10. Cook for 10 minutes or until the Drumsticks are cooked.
  11. Once the drumsticks are cooked and all the water dries up, the oil will separate from the masala.
  12. Finally, add the cooked dal (arhar ki dal) to the tadka.
  13. If you feel the dal is too thick you can add little water at this stage to adjust the consistency
  14. Cover and simmer in low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  15. Turn off the heat and garnish with freshly chopped green cilantro (hara dhaniya)

Serve hot with plain boiled rice and fried papad.

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