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Hyderabadi Khatti Dal in white white bowl with rice on the side.
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Hyderabadi Khatti Dal

Hyderabadi Khatti Dal is a delicious tangy dal recipe made using toor dal or sometimes masoor dal. The lovely khatta or sour taste of the dal is due to the use of tamarind pulp. Pairs best with steamed rice, pickle and papad.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Nut-free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz


  • 1 cup Toor dal or Masoor Dal (split pegion pea or red lentil)
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic crushed
  • ¾ teaspoon Green Chilies chopped
  • 1 Tomato large sized, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Red Chili powder
  • Salt To Taste
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Tamarind Pulp

For Tadka

  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 4 Cloves Garlic sliced
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 2-3 Dried Red Chilies

For Garnish

  • Green Coriander


  • Clean and wash the dal well.
  • In a pressure cooker, add dal, garlic, ginger, green chilies, tomato, turmeric, red chili powder, salt and 2 cups of water. Boil for 2-3 whistle or until done.
  • When the dal is done, whisk the dal well to make it smooth.
  • Add tamarind pulp, water to adjust the required consistency and put the cooker back on the heat. Bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile, heat an oil in a small pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.
  • Add garlic and fry until it starts getting golden.
  • Add curry leaves and red chilies, fry for another few seconds.
  • Pour the tadka over the dal and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Dish out and garnish with green coriander leaves.
  • Serve the khatti dal with hot steamed rice, salad, papad and pickle as a side pickle.


 You can increase or decrease the amount of tamarind pulp as per your liking.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg