Mixed Dal Ambti

I usually cook for the day early in the morning. One morning a couple of weeks back I walked into the pantry for dal to get the pressure cooker going. I realized I did not have enough toor dal. So I got together a bunch of different dals and made a family favorite, Mixed Dal Ambti.

I used a little of a whole lot of different dals - toor, channa, urad, mung and masoor. Each dal on its own is very flavorful. But together it tastes really great. If you have not tried using multiple dals in one dish yet, you are missing out.

You will need
2 cups combination of dals, I used toor, channa, urad, mung and masoor
1 tomato, diced
1 handful baby kale leaves, diced
1 tbsp oil, I used olive oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafeotida
1 tbsp rasam powder or garam masala
salt to taste
Paprika or cayenne pepper to taste

Pressure the dals in a pressure cooker. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they sizzle add the asafoetida and turmeric powder. Next add the tomato, kale and the masala powder. Add 1/2 cup of water. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Next add the cooked dal and more water if needed. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and paprika and let it simmer for another minute. Turn off the heat and serve with rice or poli.



  1. Such a healthy dal with mixed lentils.Protein packed and perfect with rice and roti..

  2. Adding kale leaves to ambti sounds like a fantastic idea. And this mixed dal Ambti looks extremely nutritious. Again a fantabulous comforting food.

  3. I do the same for making sambar when I find that the toor dal in the pantry is not enough. The mixed dal ambti looks tasty.

  4. I usually do not mix dals but recently tried a dal with mixed dals. As you said, it tastes amazing. I didn't add any greens but will try it next time.

  5. I too love the taste the mixed dals give..nice preparation. What rasam powder do you use?

  6. Life savers! Even I love mixed dals. This is a very comforting meal.

  7. I love mixed dals and they come in so handy as they are quick to cook. Adding different masalas gives it a different taste. Adding rasam powder must have made it taste so delicious.

  8. rarely do I mix dals but the few times I have tried it is always delicious

  9. Healthy and comforting bowl of Dal...delicious...

  10. Love the idea of using mixed dals to make this ambti. I love kale in dal and your version sounds absolutely delicious.

  11. Mixed dals are my favorite. I love the simplicity of the dal you have made.

  12. Rasam powder must give the dal a nice and tasty twist. Such nice and comforting ambti with mixed dals.


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