Jihva for Leafy Greens ~ Curry Leaves Dal

chora dal and curryΒ leaves
chora dal (split cowpeas) and curry leaves, little past fresh but still good!

I love Jihva. As usual, a month ago I had visions of the marvelous dishes I could cook up for Indira’s First Jihva Anniversary: Green Leafy Vegetables. How exciting!
I love them all: collards, chard, spinach, sorrel, on and on… if it’s green and leafy, I’ll try it at least once. But that was a month ago.

Along came tax time, school vacation and my vacation. Once I got back, somewhere between work and play, the prom for my daughter and student loan deadlines for my son, April the 30th snuck up on me. I haven’t yet had time to catch up on my blog reading, much less posting — but I couldn’t miss Jihva — especially not this one! Not to worry, I thought — I’ll just run look in the fridge — surely there’s *something*
I could whip up.


Nothing. Nada. Zip zero zilch!! There was no fresh greenery to be found. I had one bag of frozen spinach, and some really tired-looking curry leaves… but wait… curry leaves! In my fridge, even a little past their prime, curry leaves retain enough of their unique character to be tasty. What better way to use them up than for Jihva.

I bought a bag of chora dal in Michigan. I cooked the curry leaves along with the chora dal in the pressure cooker, and in fifteen minutes I had this mild, colorful dish infused with curry leaves. To spice it up, I sprinkled Revathi’s delicious no-oil Curry Leaves Podi, the proportions for which she kindly obtained from her mom in India! Thank you, Revathi πŸ™‚

With a little freshly cracked pepper for garnishing, it made a tasty midnight snack even without rice or bread.

“Curry in a hurry”, indeed!


Curry Leaves Dal

1 tsp oil
1 tsp chana dal
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 c curry leaves

1/2 c chora dal, rinsed well
1/4 tsp turmeric
small bit of ghee
Revathi’s curry leaves podi
salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and roast the dals and curry leaves till fragrant. Add the rinsed chora dal and cook for a few minutes, then add about 1 1/2 c water. Cover the cooker, bring up to pressure and cook about 10 minutes (my cooker doesn’t have a whistle). Remove from the heat, and when the pressure falls, stir in a spoonful of ghee and another of Revathi’s curry leaves podi for a double shot of flavor.


Thank you Indira, for creating and sharing Jihva. Happy Anniversary!

curry leaves dal
mild and creamy chora dal infused with curry leaf flavor



  1. bee said

    fabulous looking dish, linda. i’ve missed your posts.

    Thanks, Bee! I’ve missed visiting Jugalbandi! Hopefully May will be a little calmer and I can catch up with everyone πŸ™‚

  2. Reena said

    This is so simple and I am sure curry leaves will bring the flavor. Nice entry!

    Thanks so much, Reena πŸ™‚

  3. sra said

    Hi Linda, i like it that you used curry leaf powder to spice up the dal. But what is chora dal?

    Hi Sra — chora dal is split cowpeas. It looks similar to split urad dal (washed) but it’s a little creamier yellow in color. I have a photo of it, but wordpress wouldn’t let me upload for some reason. I will try again today πŸ™‚

  4. sia said

    oh!!! u r back:) curry in a hurry!!! he he he…indeed:)

    Hi Supriya! I missed your smiling face πŸ™‚

  5. Coffee said

    Gorgeous!!!!! Simply gorrgeous!!!!!! I am surprised how you cook so many Indian dishes???!!!! πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Coffee! Maybe I was Indian in a previous life? I’m hooked and I’m glad of it! πŸ™‚

  6. indosungod said

    Linda, missed you! Glad to see you back. Did you have a good vacation?
    Looks like you were busy last night uploading this lovely recipe. You made curry leaves podi to spice up the dal? Simply delicious. Love podis of all kinds. With rice and a little ghee yum! Chora dal, first time to hear it where else but from Dear Linda(Indian in previous birth! YES) Cow Peas I cook them whole, never split but now I remember I have seen this cooked back home.

    I missed you too, ISG! Vacation was wonderful — too quick as all trips “back home” are, yes? πŸ™‚
    I will definitely try this with rice too — last night I was in a rush and didn’t make any. That was the first time I saw chora dal like that, so I had to try. You might like it ISG. It’s like val dal but little thicker and heartier. Made almost a porridge-like dish. Have you been digging in the garden yet?

  7. Asha said

    YAY!!!! Our Linda is back.I really missed you.Glad you are back and tell me what did you do with your time off!:))

    Curry in a hurry looks delicious,simple dishes are always best!!!Great entry.

    Hi Asha, I missed you too! For vacation I had some wonderful soul food (as in food for my hungry soul, not my tummy — although I ate well too!) and will show some photos of that soon πŸ™‚ Once back here it was whirlwind end of the month. You must be getting ready for some planting down there, too!?? I hope to have some veggies this summer. πŸ™‚

  8. sandeepa said

    Linda good to see you back πŸ™‚ How was the vacation
    You are one dedicated food blogger, lovely looking dal

    Thank you Sandeepa! I have to hurry to Bong Mom’s and see what’s cooking πŸ™‚ Vacation was grand, but too short! Glad you liked the dal πŸ™‚

  9. Ayesha said

    Wow … Sprinkling curry powder is a great idea..
    Must try this sometime

    Hi Ayesha, that curry podi from Revathi is reeeeally yummy! πŸ™‚

  10. Mishmash! said

    Each time I am surprised to see your inclination towards Indian ingredients and recipes….:) And even more amazed to see you did whip up something inspite of your busy schedule ! You are being missed around. Take care!


    Thank you Shn — missed seeing you too! Hopefully things are settling down and it’s back to blogging as usual. Easy to cook Indian with all these delicious blogs for inspiration! πŸ™‚

  11. swapna said

    Hi linda
    that looks fantastic!!

    Thank you Swapna — I’m glad you enjoyed! πŸ™‚

  12. Dilip said

    fantastic dish…looks great…and daal too…what more can a man (or a woman) want…~grin~….thanks for sharing…take care my friend

    What more indeed, Dilip! Glad to see you and hope things are going well — not keeping you too busy for kitchen duty are they?? Will check out your blog soon and see πŸ™‚

  13. Sharmi said

    that is a very unique recipe! nice entry.

    Thanks Sharmi — glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  14. sudhav said

    Hi Linda, nice to see you back and a nice dal..thanks for the recipe.

    Thank you Sudha — it’s so nice to see you back too! πŸ™‚

  15. Swapna said

    That’s super smart..Curry looks yummy..And I know how you must have dread missing JFI..I was about to miss it too..Then typed the post in a hurry and sent it at 11.55PM..How shameless can I get?:))

    Thanks Swapna! I was about as shameless, with a very late entry myself! Lots of great new recipes from JFI πŸ™‚

  16. prema said

    Dal with curry leaves powder… a good innovative dish Linda.

    Thanks, Prema! Do try that podi from Revathi — it’s super tasty πŸ™‚

  17. Menu Today said

    Hi linda,
    Simple and superb dal with curry leaves and curry leaves podi. Curry leaves give nice aroma to the dish and healthy too. Great!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you so much, MT! πŸ™‚

  18. sra said

    Thanks for the photo, Linda. I didn’t know it existed as dal! I know and use the whole bean and the vegetable, though. It’s called lobia, if I’m not mistaken.

    Hi Sra — yes, I have seen it sold whole as lobia — haven’t made them though. I should try that sometime. Split they cook in no time at all! πŸ™‚

  19. Revathi said

    Glad you liked the recipe !! I will have to let her know wiht my next call..

    Hi Revathi — it was wonderful! Thanks again and please tell your mom thanks from me, too πŸ™‚

  20. Trupti said

    You’re back……how I missed you and your posts….was lovely to see your comment on my blog…I had been MIA for a while too 😦
    Your take on the “cow peas” daal….is lovely…midnight snack, was it for you??? πŸ˜‰
    yes, the damn snow is finally melting, but the rain won’t let up…but I don’t mind that – I do love the rains.

    I missed you too Trupti — happy to hear from you my dear snowmate! I’m glad you’re back from the MIA department and we can look forward to spring together amidst the rain πŸ™‚

  21. Vani said

    I can’t see the picture of the dish! I ca see the first picture though. I’ll check back again later and hopefully I’ll get to see the picture.

    Lovely pictures of the lake there (from the previous post). They’re sooo beautiful! Hope you’re well, Linda!

    Thanks Vani — I’m so glad you enjoyed the Lake photos! Hope you’re well too — busy, I know! πŸ™‚

  22. Sushma said

    lovely comfornting recipe Linda

    Thanks Sushma dear, happy to see you! πŸ™‚

  23. Vani said

    OK, now I see the photo – looks really good, Linda! I must find me some chora dal now! πŸ™‚

    Thanks again Vani — if you try, I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

  24. Latha said

    Very creative Dal Linda! And lovely pictures of spring. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking on me dear. I am much better now! Had to go through 2 courses of antibiotics to get rid of the yukky strep! Never been this sick for as long as i remember!
    Hoepfully i should be back to my blogging self once work settles down a bit!

    Hi Latha — glad you liked the pics, and very glad to hear you’re well on the road to recovery! Take good care of yourself πŸ™‚

    Hugs to you!

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