Gujarati Trevti Dal

Gujarati Trevti Dal – Comfort Food from the Gujarati Cuisine that is made combining 3 dals or lentils, cooked with select spices.

Gujarati Trevti Dal

Gujarati Trevti Dal

Finally the house shifting has completed and while there is still some work going on, I managed to find some ‘me’ time and get back to blogging, which I thoroughly missed. While I haven’t cooked and shot much in the last 10 days, I did manage to complete some posts that were pending since long time, one of them being the popular Gujarati Dal Recipe called Trevti Dal, which I had bookmarked during my Gujarati Cuisine Challenge in one of the groups.

Gujarati Trevti Dal 4

I cooked and shot this particular Gujarati Dal recipe couple of months ago but since it was summers, I was not willing to post a Dal recipe on the blog and was waiting for the arrival of monsoons, when the weather and the mood is apt for hot dals.

Since I am a big fan of mixed dals at home, this Gujarati Dal recipe combining 3 dals together with select spices, the Gujarati touch of adding the green chilli, ginger and garlic paste makes it unique and delicious.

Trevti Means Three in Gujarati and hence the use of 3 dals, namely Toor or Tuvar or Arhar dal, Moong Dal and Chana Dal, staple dals available in every household. So, by now, you must be convinced that this is going to be a fairly easy recipe but I assure you, it tastes absolutely delicious and especially if you are like me who like to pair it with Methi Theplas in true Gujarati style.

For Vegetarians, Dal is one of the major source of protein but I simply look at it as my dinner option when its raining outside and I have a warm bowl of dal for company or when I am simply not in the mood to make some elaborate soup.

There is a certain amount of ease in dal preparation and hence it is a number one choice when you are in a hurry and hungry both. The amalgamation of the carb – protein – fat gives you total pleasure, keeps you full and happy. Making Dal is not at all difficult. All you need is a pressure cooker, 15 odd minutes and a meal of dal chawal is always ready.

When I was working and living alone in Mumbai city few years ago, I used to reach home pretty late from work and when it rains in Mumbai, commuting gets a little more difficult. I used to be drenched and soaking wet in rains, tired to my bones and the only thing I would look forward to is reaching home and making Dal Chawal. Some roasted papad or chips and pickles, total bliss! Those were my 20’s when I was a little lighter and did go for my walks inspite of my busy schedule and yes, did have the occasional chips too.

As I mentioned earlier, I shot this during the winters, early February when it was still pleasant in Mumbai and we had just returned back from our Yercaud trip and my Bangalore visit to meet husband who was on a project there. Coming back home to the Gujarati Trevti Dal Chawal, Papad and Achar combination was just perfect!

Gujarati Mixed Dal 1

Till today, whenever we are both back from our travels, we end up eating Dal Chawal. In fact, the first thing my husband does when he arrives at Mumbai Airport after frantic travels is call me up to keep some hot dal chawal ready. Few morsels of rice, mixed with dal that has been tempered with jeera, hing and some spicy red chillies in ghee or clarified butter, only makes you realise – this is home baby!

This recipe is once again adapted from my favourite Chef Tarla Dalalji, with very few changes. This is one of those Gujarati Dal recipe that is not sweet and goes really well with a spicy side of vegetables like potatoes or cabbage or just plain steamed rice and some raita or papad on the side too.

We love mixed dal so this is often made at home with different variations like addition of tomatoes, onions etc. to make things less monotonous and delicious at the same time. Everyday consumption of protein for vegetarians is necessary and dals have been a part of our thali or meals since ages. No wonder it is comfort food as the moment a morsel of dal mixed with rice goes in your mouth, you get that instant comfort and satisfaction which by the way, no fancy Risotto would do for us Indians.

You can travel the whole world, but you will always come back home for that bowl of comfort food!

Check out the recipe (with step by step pics) of the Gujarati Trevti Dal and pair it with few of my favourites like Jeera Rice, Phodniche Bhaat or Tempered Rice in Maharashtrian style, Suki Batatyachi Bhaji, Potato Roast

If you are looking for some more interesting Gujarati Recipes on blog – Do Check out the Patra, Dakor na Gota and Mooli Nu Muthia.

Recipe for Gujarati Trevti Dal

Prep Time – 15 to 20 mins

Cook Time – 20 mins

Serves – 3 nos.


  1. ¼ cup of Chana Dal
  2. ¼ cup of Tur Dal or Arhar Dal
  3. ¼ cup of Moong Dal
  4. ½ tsp Cumin Seeds or Jeera
  5. ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds or Rai
  6. 2 nos. Cloves or lavang
  7. 1 nos. bay leaf or tej patta
  8. Couple of Whole red chillies
  9. 2 tblsp of Ginger, garlic and Green chilli paste
  10. ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  11. 1 tblsp oil
  12. Hing a pinch
  13. Salt as per taste
  14. Coriander leaves for garnish
  15. Water as required for cooking the dal


  1. Wash and soak the dals for 15 mins.
  2. Pressure cook them with some turmeric and salt.
  3. Once cooked, mash them slightly and keep aside.
  4. In a kadhai or non stick pan, heat some oil, add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle
  5. Then add some jeera, hing, whole red chillies, cloves and bay leaf. Saute well for couple of seconds.
  6. Add the garlic, ginger and green chilli paste and saute for few more minutes.
  7. Now add the cooked and mashed dal. Mix well and let it simmer for few minutes.
  8. Check the consistency of the dal and add water if required along with salt.
  9. Once the dal starts boiling, add the finely chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  10. Serve it with either Methi Theplas or Rice Variety of your choice.

Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. The trevti dal is new to me .. But sounds absolutely delicious ! Beautiful shots Vidya 👌

    1. Thanks Smitha. Sometimes the natural light really co-operates for such shots so its a blessing.

  2. Wow, never knew this recipe. I am trying it soon for sure 😀

    1. Please do try and would love to hear your feedback. Thanks a lot Nisha!

  3. These kinda dals are much needed for vegetarians like us…☺ absolutely proteinrich and healthy too🔝

    1. Tell me about it Jyo! We tend to ignore protein a lot and focus on carbs. Thanks a ton dear.

  4. Superb Post Vidya , I love to include varieties of dal in my meal. Dal looks so inviting, specially that tadka 😁😁😁

  5. Looks so tempting!!!! and love the presentation.

  6. Dal chawal is also my favourite one. Gujratis have a unique way of making dal and their sweet dal is particularly eminent across the nation. I liked this recipe whixh is a combo of arhar, chana and moong, though could nt get if it is dhuli moong or green moong or chhilka. However i oiked the hing and green chilli paste chhokan.

    1. Absolutely agree. I love the sweet dal too but this one is much healthier as it combines 3 dals together. I have used dhuli moong dal here. Thank you for stopping by.

  7. Glad to hear that the house shifting is finally done – it can be quite stressful. Good to see you easing in into your routine. 🙂

    Lovely recipe! I am always in awe of the fact that there are so many different types of daal in India, each one so unique.

    1. Stressful indeed when you have a travelling husband, handling things alone besides teaching a class full of kids and getting them ready for the exams etc. Blog took a back seat for sometime so good to be back finally. Thank you so much Priya! I agree about the dal versions, each one is unique and makes us realise what a diverse country India is.

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