Delicious Keralan daal curry


Keralan daal curry

A traditional Keralan dish served at all festive occasions on a banana leaf and accompanied by other vegetarian curries.

Delicious Keralan daal curry

Why not try this traditional recipe for Keralan daal curry.


  • One cup of moong daal (washed)
  • Five and a half cups of boiling water
  • One cup of freshly grated coconut
  • Half a teaspoon of cumin
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • One small stem of curry leaves
  • Ghee or butter
  • Salt to taste


  • Roast the daal on the hob until slightly brown.
  • Add the water and simmer.
  • When three-quarters cooked (around 30 minutes) take off the heat.
  • In a separate pan, add the garlic, coconut, cumin, tumeric and chopped chillies. Grind the mixture to a paste.
  • Mash the daal into the paste and add a few curry leaves.
  • Bring to the boil and add two teaspoons of ghee or butter.
  • Serve accompanied with rice and poppadoms