How to know if dal is spoiled? (4 easy ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to know if dal is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying spoiled dal and the health effects of eating spoiled dal.

How to know if dal is spoiled?

If dal has gone stale or if a fungus has grown, these are vital signs that the dal is spoiled. If you experience a stinky smell or some awful taste, it means that the dal is spoiled.

If salt is not added to dal, the cooked dal starts to get spoiled at around 10 hours. If salt is added, then it may not spoil for a bit longer. Dal starts to get stale, which means it gets thick and gummy, making it unfit to consume.

If you see some mold or fungus growing, then it is also a sign that the dal is spoiled and should not be consumed.

There are very few conventional techniques to identify if dal has been spoiled or not.

Physical appearance:

If dal has gone stale, you should probably not consume it because it can sometimes cause stomach problems, and you might have to go through stomach pains or diarrhea. It is preferred to consume dal freshly cooked. Dal gets stale after 10 hours of cooking.


If you see a mold or a fungus growing in your dal, then you should throw it away. It can cause many parasitic infections and have many harmful effects to your health. Never consume any food in which you can spot some fungus, mold, or any other insects.


We can also identify if dal is safe to consume or not by smelling it. If you feel some disturbing stinky smell, then you should not consume that dal. It is a vital sign that your dal has been soiled, and it would be recommended to you to throw it away.


When you take the first bite of your dal and taste a bit off, like sour or bitter, this is a definite sign that your dal has been spoiled, and it would cause foodborne illnesses in you if still consumed. So you should leave the rest of the dal if you experience such an awful taste or smell.

Shelf life of dal:

It would be interesting to know that there is no expiry date of dal. You can consume dal whenever you like under the condition if stored properly. If you stored your dal properly in a cool and dry place, then you can finish it whenever you want. But if you stored dal in some unhygienic place, then it is most probable that insects, worms, and other microbes must have grown in it.

If dal is cooked, after 10 hours of refrigeration, it becomes stale and unfit to eat. If you add salt in your dal, it may become stale after 11-12 hours.

Health effects after consuming spoiled dal?

If you consume spoiled dal, you will most likely get only the common types of foodborne illnesses, considering no mold or fungus, or harmful insects.

The common types of foodborne illnesses may include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If there was mold or fungus or worms inside dal, you might probably get parasitic infections, and it would be recommended for you to go straight to the doctor without wasting any time.

Doctors may prescribe some probiotics and advise you to eat soft foods, and you will recover from your illnesses in due time.


In this blog, we have discussed all the aspects of spoiled dal. We have discussed “how to know if dal is spoiled.” We can now identify dal by looking at the physical appearance of whether it is stale or not. 

After that, we can smell dal if it gives off any bitter smell or foul smell. After that, we can spot any kind of mold or fungus in dal or not. 

After all of this, if we are still confused, we can get a sign if dal is spoiled by tasting it. If we experience any foul taste, then it means that dal is spoiled, and it is better to throw it away.

We also discussed the shelf life of dal. Dal has no expiry date. Dal can be consumed anytime, considering that it is properly stored in a dry and cool place.

We now know that after eating spoiled dal, we can get ill and have vomiting, nausea, stomach pains, etc. We can get better if we take probiotics and a soft diet.

I hope you find this blog helpful. You can comment below for any queries.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.