arhar dal



Dry, Light



Pigeon pea curry (arhar dal) is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is also a rich source of fiber, which helps to maintain the overall gut function. They do not need long hours of soaking, and it is easy and quick to cook.

Suitable: It is more suitable for Pitta and Kapha person, and may aggravate Vata dosha if consumed excessively.

Full Recipe in Details

You can either consume pigeon pea curry (arhar dal) with rice or enjoy it as a soup. It is easy and quick to prepare this recipe

Pigeon pea curry tastes yum with some drizzled ghee and garnished with freshly chopped coriander.

  • Cuisine: Indian

  • Prep Time: 05 mins

  • Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • Total Time: 25 mins

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet

  • Guna (property): Dry, Light

  • Virya (potency): Cold

  • Vipaka (post digestion effect): Sweet

  • 1 cup pigeon pea (arhar dal)

  • 5 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon ghee

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, organic

  • 2 garlic pods, chopped (you can avoid if you want)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 5 curry leaf, fresh

  • Saindhav namak (rock salt) as required

  • Collect pigeon pea in a bowl and wash thoroughly; soak for half an hour and remove water afterward.

  • Warm water in a pressure cooker and add cumin, turmeric, and soaked pigeon pea. Mix well and add salt as per your taste. Let it come to a boil over a medium flame for five minutes. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes over low flame.

  • Heat ghee in a saucepan; add finely chopped garlic and saute until it turns brown. Put curry leaves and saute for 05 seconds. Now, mix the sauteed mixture over the cooked pigeon pea curry. Mix it well and pour it into a bowl.

  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve hot.


As per Ayurveda, pigeon pea is “varnya,” which means it helps to keep skin glowing. So, if your skin is dull and you want healthy and glowing skin you can enjoy this simple curry on alternative days.

Pigeon pea curry is a fantastic recipe to try if you want to feel light and healthy. It is a perfect lunch or dinner recipe you can have. when you want to eat something light.

Ayurvedic Wisdom

According to Ayurveda, each food has a specific property based on which it nourishes our body. So, it is essential to eat as per your body type. As a result, it helps to maintain health and boosts our immunity.

Pigeon pea curry is more suitable for Pitta and Kapha body-type people. It is not harmful to a Vata person, but it is better to take it in moderation if you are a Vata person. It is so because pigeon pea curry has a dry and light quality which may cause trouble for a person with Vata dosha dominance.

Everything in moderation is healthy for everyone. It is all about maintaining balance.

To make each recipe more suitable, we can make few changes according to our body type. Here are the simple changes you can make as per your body type:

Vata person – Add more ghee to your meal.
Pitta person – Avoid garlic in your recipe.
Kapha person – No changes required.

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