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Cooking and Eating Panchmel Dal

Monday, March 11, 2024

Parker Jewish Institute is proud of our Food Service Department. We encourage all Parker members, whether a patient/resident, visitor or employee, to eat a well-balanced, nutritional diet. 

Panchmel Dal is considered one of the most nutritiously rich side dishes or appetizers in Indian cuisine. Cooked with flavorful spices, this dish of five varieties of dals (lentils), contains limitless dietary health benefits. Great for preventing diabetes, Panchmel Dal is high in protein and fiber. It can lower cholesterol. It is also a great source of iron, which reduces the risk of anemia. This delicious dish serves well with roti, plain white or brown rice, jeera rice, paratha or dal bati. 

To learn how to make Panchmel Dal, watch the video below! 


7 oz. – Chana Dal

7 oz. – Masoor  Dal

7 oz. – Whole Moong Dal

3.5 oz. – Horse Gram Dal

7 oz. – Toor Dal

1 Gallon – Water

3 oz. – Oil

1 oz. – Ghee

½ oz. – Cumin Seeds

3 – Gloves

5 oz. – Diced Onions

 .5 oz. – Turmeric

.5 oz. – Chili Deghi Mirch

.5 oz. – Ground Coriander

7 Oz. – Diced Tomatoes

.4 oz. – Hing-Asafoedita

Kosher Salt – to taste

1 oz. – Chopped  Cilantro


1. Wash and clean the mixed lentils in water, then add the lentils into a pot with 2 liters of water.

2. Place the pot on the stove over medium high heat. Stir the lentils, and cook for 15 minutes.

3. After the water has come to a boil, skim off the impurities that float on the surface.

4. Add a little oil, salt and turmeric. Cover and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, and occasionally stir.

5. After 30 minutes, remove the cover and check the tenderness of the lentils, and set aside.

6. Place a clean pot over medium high heat and add oil.

7. When the oil is heated add ghee, cumin seeds, hing, dried red chili, stir to toast the spices.

8. Add the onions, ginger, and cook until it turns translucent, and then slightly brown.

9. Add the spices, turmeric, chili, coriander and cook to combine the spices, then add the tomatoes.

10. Cook the ingredients to form a sauce-like consistency.

11. Remove the pot from the heat and pour the tempered spices into the cooked lentils and stir to mix well.

12. Place the lentils over slow simmering heat, cover the pan and simmer.

13. Allow the lentils to simmer and incorporate the spices into the lentils.

14. Remove the cover, and add chopped cilantro.

Taste the seasonings and adjust them to your liking.

We hope you Enjoy!

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