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dal with methi stir fry

Dal with methi stir fry / Bele Palya

Semi cooked dal with methi leaves and onion makes a good accompaniment with chapati and jowar roti. It is a traditional dish from North Karnataka.
Course dinner ideas, lunch
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword bele palya, dal with methi, dal with methi stir fry, karnataka recipes, side dish, traditional recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jayashree


  • 1 cup turdal
  • 2 clusters of methi or fenugreek leaves
  • 2 onions finely cut
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp of cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  • salt


  1. Cook the tur dal in an open vessel. We need a semi-cooked dal of around 70%
  2. Cut and wash the methi leaves.
  3. Make the seasoning with cumin and  green chillies.  Add onion to it. Saute for a while, put the onions.
  4. Drain the cooked dal and keep it aside.
  5. Put  the cooked dal to it. Add salt and mix well. Simmer for some time.

Recipe Notes

The drained water of tur dal is rich in nutrients. It can be used for making rasam.
A few cloves of garlic may be added to it.
If you want it spicy, add two more green chillies.