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July 22, 2020

Lettuce Dal Recipe - Indian Lettuce Recipes

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lettuce dal recipe

Last week I bought a big bunch of iceberg lettuce leaves for my burger. After making burger, I had some lettuce leaves leftover in hand. When I was thinking about what can I make with lots of lettuce, I browsed for some Indian vegetarian lettuce recipes. I came across this lettuce dal recipe and lettuce stir fry /thoran in Kerala style. Though I was a bit hesitant about its raw smell, I din’t want to waste the leaves. So I made up my mind and tried this lettuce dal recipe for the first time. To my surprise, it came out very well. It was tasting more like cabbage dal, Infact better than that. I couldn’t find any raw smell at all. I was so happy with the result. Even Raksha and Sendhil liked it a lot. Friends, don’t worry if you have more lettuce leaves in hand. You can make this yummy and delicious, healthy Indian style Iceberg lettuce dal recipe. I am sure you will love it.

Lettuce Dal Recipe

Lettuce Dal Recipe

Indian style dal recipe using Iceberg lettuce leaves.

Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup = 240ml
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves - 1 bunch (2 cups tightly packed)
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil – Few drops
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 2 cups
To Temper
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish


  1. Wash the lettuce leaves and chop it roughly.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, take toor dal, lettuce leaves, onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste.
  3. Add required water, drops of oil, salt, turmeric powder and hing.
  4. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Mash it well.
  5. Temper cumin seeds in ghee. Lower the flame and add red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder and add to the dal.
  6. Mix well and boil for few minutes till thick. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  7. Enjoy with plain rice, papad and some curry !


  • Wash the lettuce leaves. Chop it roughly. Wash and chop onion, tomato. Set aside. lettuce dal recipe
  • In a pressure cooker base, take the toor dal, moong dal, chopped lettuce leaves, onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste along with 2 cups of water, few drops of oil, turmeric powder and hing.
    lettuce dal recipe
  • Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash it well.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai. Lower the flame completely.  Splutter the cumin seeds. Add red chilli powder, dhania powder and garam masala powder.
  • Add to dal. Mix well and roll boil for few minutes. Add little more water if needed and boil till it reaches desired consistency. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. lettuce dal recipe
  • Mix with plain rice and enjoy !!


  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder, dhania powder and garam masala powder based on your taste.
  • You can skip garam masala powder for variations.
  • You can also add a tsp of crushed kasoori methi for more flavor.
Friends, do try this Indian style lettuce dal recipe and share your feedback with me !
lettuce dal recipe

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meera said...

Thank you for this recipe Chitra. A thought here: Lettuce is so delicate it's probably not necessary to pressure cook it. After dal is cooked, add the chopped lettuce and let it boil to the count of 10. That should be enough and this will retain the nutrients of the lettuce I feel.
Your idea is fabulous way to use up lettuce! Thank you again.

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your suggestion. As I am cooking lettuce for the first time, I felt there might be a raw smell in the dal . So I pressure cooked it :) I will try your suggestion next time and see the difference :)

Unknown said...

Lettuce is intended to be eaten raw, hence it will never leave a taste that is disliked. Only I suggest you chop it fine. Try with all colored lettuces too. Equally, try with lemon rasam; it is to die for!

Chitra said...

Thanks for your suggestion. Will try lemon rasam once :)