Hyderabadi Khatti Dal Recipe (Hyderabadi Tangy Lentil Curry)

Farrukh Aziz Ansari
Hyderabadi Khatti Dal Recipe (Hyderabadi Tangy Lentil Curry)
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Hyderabadi Khatti Dal is a delicious tangy dal preparation tempered with curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin, dry red chilies and garlic having balanced flavour of sourness and spiciness. Hyderabadi khatti dal couples up beautifully with steamed rice, pickle, side with any dry veggie preparation. Although we have used Toor dal, you can use even Masoor dal (red lentils) for making this Khatti dal. Traditionally for sourness, tamarind pulp is used but you can substitute it with lemon juice too. But, the sourness that elevates this dal's flavour is best with tamarind making it the best khatti dal ever.

Serve the Hyderabadi Khatti Dal along with Steamed Rice, Kathirikai Roast (brinjal roast) and papad.

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Cuisine: Hyderabadi
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

60 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic , crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger , grated
  • 3/4 teaspoon Green Chillies , chopped
  • 2-1/2 Tamarind Water
  • Ingredients for Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 3 cloves Garlic , sliced
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , few, for garnish

How to make Hyderabadi Khatti Dal Recipe (Hyderabadi Tangy Lentil Curry)

  1. To begin making the Hyderabadi Khatti Dal Recipe, first clean and wash the dal well under running water. 

  2. In a pressure cooker, add washed dal, garlic, ginger, turmeric, red chili powder, green chili, tomatoes salt and 2 cups of water. Cover the pressure cooker and cook until you hear a couple of whistles. After a couple of whistles, turn the heat to low and cook for 3 minutes approximately and turn off the heat. 

  3. Allow the pressure in the cooker release naturally. Once the pressure has released, open the cooker. 

  4. When the dal is done, whisk the dal well to make it smooth. Add tamarind water to the dal and bring the Khatti dal to a brisk boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and set the dal to simmer.

  5. Next we will prepare the seasoning.

  6. In a small tadka pan heat oil in medium heat.  Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and allow it to crackle. Once it Add garlic and fry until it starts getting golden brown.  Add curry leaves and red chilies, fry for another few seconds.

  7. Pour the tadka over the dal and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Once done, turn off the heat and the Hyderabadi Khatti Dal recipe is ready. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste. Pour the dal into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve warm.

  8. Serve the Hyderabadi Khatti Dal along with Steamed RiceKathirikai Roast (brinjal roast) and papad.