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lettuce dal recipe

Lettuce Dal Recipe - Indian Style Lettuce Recipe - Lettuce Sambar Recipe

Lettuce sambar is easy, healthy and delicious lettuce dal recipe made in South Indian style using a lot of lettuce leaves. This is also a good way to use any leftover salad lettuce leaves!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword lettuce curry, lettuce dal, lettuce sambar, south indian lettuce recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 197kcal


  • 2 lettuce head
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • salt as needed
  • 4 cups water

For seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 5 dry red chilies broken
  • 1 string curry leaves make sure no water in leaves


  • Separate the lettuce leaves, wash very well and chop in small to medium sized pieces. Keep the chopped lettuce aside.
  • Wash and chop the tomatoes too, keep this aside with chopped lettuce leaves.
  • Transfer the chopped lettuce and tomatoes to a pressure cooker.
  • Wash the dal and add it also to the pressure cooker.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, fenugreek powder (you can use ready made sambar powder instead of adding spices separately or use a mix of both if you like) and also water to the pressure cooker, mix everything well using a large spoon.
  • Close the pressure cooker with lid and safety valve, cook for about 12 to 15 minutes in medium heat or until 3 whistles come. Wait for the pressure cooker to cool down.
  • Once the pressure cooker is cooled enough, which will take few minutes, open the cooker and see if the lettuce and dal is cooked and soft enough. Just mix all contents very well and if you wish to thicken it more, you can heat the contents for another 2 to 3 minutes. Now the sambar is ready, let us prepare the seasoning.
  • To prepare the seasoning for sambar, heat the oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the broken dry red chilies and curry leaves, fry for a few seconds.
  • Pour this prepared seasoning over the sambar, gently mix in.


Lettuce is sambar is ready to be served, enjoy this with rice for lunch or dinner or you may also enjoy this as a Indian style spiced soup or stew as you wish.
I didn't use tamarind in this lettuce dal recipe, but you can add a little tamarind paste or tamarind extract for increased sourness if you wish.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2622IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg