Leftover Dal Recipes to Give Your Taste Buds a Treat!

December 16, 2016 leftover dal recipes @TheRoyaleIndia 1584 0 0

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Dal is an essential part of Indian cuisine. Whether it is Sambar, Dal Fry, Chana Masala or Dal Makhani – a large majority of Indians prefer Dal to be a part of their meal. And if you are anything like me, your hunger is not satiated unless you have a bowl of Dal at least once a day.

Dal is an excellent source of protein. It is a must have, especially if you are a vegetarian. Different kinds of Dals have various health benefits. While Moong Dal is rich in Iron, Chana Dal helps in keeping diabetes at bay and Arhar Dal, also known as Tuvar Dal or Lentil, is rich in dietary fibres that regularise bowel movements.

Often, we end up with some leftover Dal. It sits in the refrigerator for days and then you ultimately have to throw it out. It’s time to change that. We have two easy-peasy ways to use leftover Dal and no, it does NOT involve Dal Parathas, which is a no-brainer.

  • Leftover Dal Tikki:

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This is a savoury snack to enjoy especially during winters. Serve it with some spicy coriander chutney or some sweet tamarind chutney. You can also make burgers with the Tikki.


  • 2 cups of leftover Dal

  • 1/2 a cup of grated carrots

  • 1 boiled potato mashed

  • 1/2 a cup of grated beetroot

  • 1/2 a cup of sweet corn

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste

  • 1 tsp chilli powder

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil for deep frying

For Garnishing:

  • 1 Onion

  • 1 Sliced lemon

  • Some Chopped Coriander


  • In a large bowl, mix the carrots, potato, beetroot and sweet corn.

  • Add the Dal, cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder and salt to the bowl and mix well.

  • Make as many medium sized Tikkis as possible.

  • Roll them in the breadcrumbs and deep fry.

  • Garnish with some onion rings sliced lemon and coriander.

  • Serve them hot with chutney or sauce.

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  • Moong Dal Kofta:

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Have some leftover Moong Dal sitting in the refrigerator? To turn it into a delicious gravy dish, follow this recipe. Serve it hot with chapaties and rice.


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For the kofta:

  • 200 gm left over Moong Dal

  • 2 Tbsp refined oil

  • 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste

  • 1 tsp garam masala powder

  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1/2 tomato, diced

  • 1/2 onion, diced

  • Salt to taste

For the gravy:

  • 1 tomato, diced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/2 tsp ginger, finely chopped

  • Salt to taste

For Garnishing:

  • 2 Tbsp coriander leaves, chopped

  • 1 green chilli, chopped

  • 2 Tbsp whipped cream or Malai


  • Heat one tbsp of oil in a wok and add the leftover Moong Dal. Stir until it thickens a bit.

  • Add the tomato, onion, ginger garlic paste, some Garam Masala and salt and mix until the mixture becomes sticky.

  • Keep the mixture aside and let it cool down.

  • Once it’s cool enough, make as many medium sized balls as possible.

  • To make the gravy, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan

  • Add the onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, some turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

  • Add a dash of water and stir.

  • Once the gravy thickens, add the Moong Dal balls in the masala and stir gently.

  • Let it cook for 5-7 minutes.

  • Garnish with some coriander, green chillies and whipped cream.

  • Serve hot with Chapaties and rice.

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Who knew that leftover Dal could be turned into something so delightful and tasty? Do you have your innovative recipes for cooking something amazing with leftover Dal? Share with us in the comments below.

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