Green Mango Lentil Dal (Mavinkayi Tovve)

This super delicious and authentic Karnataka recipe is our all-time favourite. Easy to make, protein-rich and absolutely delicious, it is coming right from my mom’s kitchen. Serve it along with rice or chapati.


  • Green Mango/ Raw unripened mango – 1 (Cut into small cubes)
  • Split Pigeon Pea (Toor Dal) – 1 cup
  • Green Chilli – 1-2 (depending on spice levels)
  • Fresh Coconut – a handful
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Cilantro – to garnish


  1. Add cut green mangoes, toor dal and green chillies in a pot and pressure cook for 10 mins till the dal is cooked well. I use instant pot and pressure cook it for 4 minutes.
  2. Once the pressure is released naturally, take out the cooked dal and boil it on a medium flame.
  3. Add cumin seeds, coconut and salt while boiling. Add water to adjust consistency.
  4. In a pan, heat oil and let mustard seeds splutter for a few seconds. Add asafoetida and add this to the dal.
  5. Garnish the dal with cilantro and serve it hot with warm rice.

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