Aakhi Dar nu Saag (Split Yellow Pea Curry)

Split Yellow Pea Curry

Split Yellow Pea Curry

Recipe: Aakhi Dar nu Saag

Also known as: Split Yellow Pea Curry/Aakhi Dar jo Saag

Categories: Main Dishes; lentils

Accompaniments: Rotli, Rice

Source: N/A

Servings: 4-5


Base ingredients:

  • 1 cup yellow dar (split yellow peas), soaked in water overnight

For the curry:

  • 1 medium-sized onion, grated (or puree in a food processor)
  • 2-3 curry leaves (limro)
  • 1 dried chili/green chili split lengthwise
  • 1 clove (laving)
  • 1 cinnamon stick, small (taj)
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (dhanna)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder (jeeru)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes or 2 fresh tomatoes, grated (or puree in a food processor)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Coriander leaves, chopped
  • hot water, as needed

For a variation in texture/flavor you can add either of the below, or both:

  • Boiled cubed potatoes
  • 1/4 of a green pepper, cubed


  • After soaking the split yellow peas, drain them and boil them till just tender. After they are cooked, drain the water.
  • In a separate pot, heat the oil. Add the red/green chili if using. Add clove and cinnamon. Add the curry leaves and then add the onions and cook till slightly brown.
  • Add the green pepper cubes if using.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and garlic. Cook the tomatoes down till the oil separates and the tomato mixture is thicker.
  • Add cumin & coriander powder, chili powder, salt, turmeric. Stir, and taste check for salt/chili. Cook for a minute or two.
  • Add the drained cooked yellow peas to the tomato mixture. Add 3/4 cup hot water while gently stirring to coat all the peas. Cook for a couple of minutes on low heat. If you are adding cooked potatoes, add them now. Add lemon juice.
  • If you like some more gravy, add some hot water and let the curry cook for a few more minutes.
  • Before serving add the fresh coriander.

To ensure lentils are not tough, never add cold water to the cooked yellow lentils.



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