Feb 102014
Methi Dal Recipe

Andhra Methi Dal

Methi Dal or Menthi Kura Pappu (Telugu) combines the goodness of fresh green methi (fenugreek) leaves with the nutritional benefits of tur dal. This is a delicious and healthy dal recipe where Tuvar dal is flavoured with fresh methi leaves.

Fenugreek seeds are commonly used in Indian cuisine. Fresh or dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) are used to flavour Indian dishes. The bitter-tasting fenugreek reduces cholesterol, prevents diabetes, protects against cancer and aids digestion.

Fenugreek Methi Dal Step By Step:

Methiwali dal is a simple yet appetising Andhra dal recipe, full of flavour and bursting with nutrients. Fenugreek leaves dal recipe combining methi and lentils is a staple food at home. Just cook split pigeon peas with some fresh greens like methi tossed in for a wholesome dish. Serve methi pappu with plain rice or chappatis along with salad.

How to make Andhra Methi Dal:

Dal Methi Recipe

1. To make Andhra menthi kura pappu, wash the tur dal and pressure cook with sufficient water till soft. Keep aside.

Boiled Dal Methi Andhra Recipe

Boiled dal

2. Chop onions, green chillies and tomatoes. Wash and pick methi leaves.

Ingredients for pappu menthi kura recipe


3. Heat ghee in a frying pan and temper with mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Toss in curry leaves and broken red chillies. Fry for half a minutes.

Seasoning for methi leaves dal recipe

Add seasoning

4. Add chopped onions, green chillies and crushed garlic. Saute for a minute till the onions turn translucent.

5. Add methi leaves sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and fenugreek leaves to dal seasoning for dal Andhra style recipe

Add methi leaves, tomatoes

6. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, add turmeric and cook till the tomatoes soften.

7. Add the cooked tur dal and salt. Mix well.

Add cooked tuvar dal to methi leaves seasoning for dal recipe

Add dal

8. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and remove methi pappu Andhra style.

Andhra Menthi Kura Pappu Recipe

Menthi kura pappu

9. Serve Menthi kura pappu with hot rice and a dollop of ghee. Enjoy delicious Andhra style Methi Dal – lentils cooked with fenugreek leaves.

Lentils Cooked With Fenugreek Leaves Recipe

Methi Dal Andhra Recipe

If you are searching for more fenugreek recipes, do try out Methi Aloo, Stuffed Methi Paratha and Methi Matar Malai.

Menthi Kura Pappu With Methi Leaves details below:

Methi Dal Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
South Indian Methi dal is a wholesome and healthy methi leaves recipe where lentils are cooked with fresh fenugreek leaves. Tasty Andhra Style Methi Pappu recipe is good for diabetics.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 3
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Methi/menthu kura/fenugreek leaves – ½ cup
  • Tur dal kandi pappu – ½ cup
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Tomato – 1 small
  • Green Chilli – 1
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Garlic Flakes – 2
  • Red Chillies – 1
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Cumin Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee/Oil - 1tbsp
  • Water - 2 cups
  1. To make methi leaves dal, slit the green chilli, finely slice the onion, chop the tomato and slightly crush the garlic flakes. Wash and pick the methi leaves.
  2. Wash Tur dal and pressure cook until the dal is well-cooked.
  3. Once the pressure is released, remove lid, mash dal well.
  4. Heat ghee in a pan and add whole red chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add slit green chilli, sliced onion, and lightly crushed garlic. Stir for 2 minutes until the onion turns translucent.
  6. Add methi leaves and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and turmeric and cook covered till soft.
  8. Pour in the cooked dal. Mix well and add salt.
  9. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and remove.
  10. Serve South Indian Menthi Kura Pappu with steamed Rice or Rotis.
Recipe Notes

* To reduce the bitterness of Fenugreek leaves, sprinkle a little salt over them and keep aside for 10-15 minutes. Squeeze the leaves and wash in water.
* A variation of this recipe is to heat oil in a pressure cooker and saute chopped onions, garlic, green chillies, methi leaves and tomatoes. Add the dal and turmeric and pressure cook till soft. Open the lid, add salt and bring to a boil. Heat ghee in a pan and add whole red chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fry for 2 minutes. Add this Talimpu (Telugu for tempering) to the dal.


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