Mixed Dal with Red Chard

Recently on my recent grocery shopping, I came across the freshest looking Red Chard. I bought them home and thought of making a stir fry. I was not too sure if it will go well with my khasta roti, so thought of making it into a dal instead. It turned out to be a very satisfying meal.

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • 2-3 garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger,grated
  • 1-2 green chillies, thinly sliced (or as per taste)
  • 2 tbsp each of Red lentil(masoor), pigeon peas(toor), whole black gram(urad), bengal gram(channa) and yellow lentils(moong)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice(as per taste)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp dill seeds (optional)
  • 1 bunch of Red Chard , washed and chopped
1. In a saucepan, in 1/2 tsp oil add the spices. Saute for few seconds until aromatic. Add the onions and tomatoes along with salt, stir for 1 min and then add ginger and garlic.
2. Add the lentils(washed with cold water until clean water runs through),
3. stir for few more minutes and then add about 3 cups of water (or vegetable stock) along with turmeric.
4. Close the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes until the lentils are almost soft.  Add the chopped chard, close the lid and cook until the greens have wilted.
5. Few minutes before serving, add the lemon juice,
6. stir well and serve warm.

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By Sanchari on Oct 25, 2012

Tried for dinner yesterday, it was awesome. Amazing recipe. Bought a big bunch of chard(healthy eating and all) but didn't have much idea what to do with it. This recipe is filling, tasty, healhty. Thanks.

Thank you so much for the feedback :) --DK

By raga on Dec 6, 2011

i made this for dinner yesterday...The only changes i made were that i add equal amounts of tour and masoor dal and rainbow chard...This was my first time cooking chard and it was sooo good.... reminds me of dantina soppu

By swati on Aug 25, 2010

yea, i tried this, without the chards though, dint get them here, but the dal was yum! bright and colorful and so nourishing. i used pure ghee to saute the onions and spices and the aroma filled the house :) mashed up the dal a bit after it was cooked for extra flavour.

By Soma on Feb 18, 2009

I always mix my dals & greens. Love the way u have used so many different dals.

By DK on Feb 17, 2009

@Gayathri - I will surelyntry to chip in :)

@Madhu - thanks madhu - I love it too :)

@Janet - Can i say I am simply honoured and grateful after reading your comment. That meant a lot :) since thats precisely what I wanted this whole site to be :)

@VeggieBelly - yeah dear...

@HC : thanks HC..I luv it too

@Alka - I love to know more about sindhi cooking..have tried so many thanks to you. :) And yes - u dont need chard for this. You can make it plain with some onions and tomato thrown in or may be with spinach..its perfect as it is :)

@Pavani! - I know you said u will make it..u made it too..am glad you liked it :) Nothing like making,eating and liking whole grain cooking :)

By Pavani on Feb 17, 2009

That is one healthy and delicious dal you got there DK. I made your cranberry-almond bread yesterday and it was awesome. I added a little more honey than your recipe which made it just right for my taste. I loved the taste and the texture. Thanks for a great recipe.

By Alka on Feb 17, 2009

Apart from Dal makhani and tidali daal(a three lentil combo is a typical sindhi dal)i never have tasted such a unique combination of dals.Will try it out,though i ain't sure i am gonna get any chard leaves here,but i guess i can still go ahead with this recipe isn't it?

By Happy cook on Feb 17, 2009

I love lentils with greenand these look so yumm.

By veggie belly on Feb 16, 2009

chard and dal go so well together. and i love the texture of chard, compared to spinach. this recipe is right up my alley!

By Janet on Feb 16, 2009


I am a meat lover who has embarked on the journey of eating vegetarian food. I had inhibition of meatless food being bland and boring. I have checked out many of your posts and now I find myself thinking why did I ever think vegetarian food was bland. I have already tried 20 of your recipes and I have found them v v interesting. your dishes dont make me miss non-veg (oh well at least most of the time I should say truthfully :) )..Thank you for posting these for poeple like me.

By Madhu on Feb 16, 2009

I too make greens and lentils combo alomost 3 times a week. Like the flavor of chard with lentils, wholesome meal.

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