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Dal with collard greens, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free recipe
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Dal with Collard Greens

A tasty and nutritious dal with collard greens, very simply and subtly spiced with coriander seed, cumin, and Kashmiri chilies. Serve hot with rice or roti. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup dry pigeon peas (tuvar dal), boiled until tender enough that it mushes when you use a whisk
  • 1 bunch (about five cups chopped) collard greens. Stack the leaves and slice into thin ribbons
  • 2 tbsp vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 dry Kashmiri chilies (these are extremely mild. Use any mild red chili pepper as a substitute, including ancho or Anaheim)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, crushed and sliced
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • In a saucepan, place the collard green ribbons with a touch of salt and the vegetable stock or water. Cover and cook about 8-10 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently to make sure they don't stick to the bottom. If they do, add some more stock or water.
  • Add the coriander seed powder, cumin powder. dry chilies broken into pieces, and turmeric. Stir well to mix and cook another couple of minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal and, if it's too thick, thin it out with water. Add the ground black pepper. Bring to a boil and let the dal cook with the spices and the collards for another 10 minutes.
  • In a small pan, heat the oil for tempering. Add mustard seeds and, when they sputter, add the garlic slivers. Saute until they start to color.
  • Pour the oil with mustard seeds and garlic into the dal and mix well. Add salt if needed, squeeze in the lemon juice, and serve hot.


Serve this dal hot with rice or rotis, and a vegetable side (sabzi) like this gobi masala.