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Mag Ni Dal is a Gujarati lentil dish that is prepared a bit dry with few spices. It is usually served with kadhi and plain rice.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
SOAKING TIME 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup split yellow green gram yellow moong dal
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida optional
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped


  • Wash the dal in water 3-4 times.
  • Soak the dal in 1 cup warm water for half an hour.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  • When it is hot, add mustard and cumin seeds.
  • When the seeds begin to sizzle, add asafoetida, turmeric powder, ginger and green chilli pastes.
  • Stir fry for a few seconds.
  • Add and the dal with the water, slowly.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook the lentils till done. This will take about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • When done, remove from the pan from the heat. Add the dhana jiru and red chilli powder.
  • Add fresh coriander.
  • Serve hot with rice and kadhi.


If the dal is not done in 7-10 minutes add a bit more water and let it cook.
Dhana jiru is readily available in most Indian shops. If you want to make it at home, click here.
Can add chopped garlic if you want to.
Use the leftover dal to make theplas, or add cooked spinach or suva (dill) to make a delicious sabji.
Keyword gujarati mag ni dal, mag ni chutti dal, mag ni dal