Toor Dal


Dal is pretty much one of the easiest Indian foods to make, and it is probably one of the most common food staples.

If you’re feeling lazy about cooking, but still want to whip up something tasty, then any type of dal will do. One of the best things about cooking dal is that is pretty much takes almost no time and no effort. The hardest thing is chopping the onions and tomatoes, although I cheat and use canned crushed tomatoes. Dal can be served with rice or roti, or both. If I remember correctly, I think this was the first thing I cooked with K. He cried like a little girl with happiness. Or maybe it was just the onions.


  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2-1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 red chilis
  • a pinch of hing
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp kasoori methi, crumbled in hand
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 small tomato chopped or 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • extra water for thinning

To Make:

In a pressure cooker, add the dal and water with a pinch of salt. You can add the turmeric at this step or wait. I change it up, it doesn’t really matter. Heat on high and after 2 whistles remove from heat and let pressure release. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can use a sauce pan, just cook the dal on medium until tender and scrape the froth off as it cooks. 29Ns0331elf-0160GTK2LWcShd3hywutEYBejtE-X4s

In a pan heat the ghee or oil. Add the hing, red chilis, coriander, and mustard seeds. Once they splutter add the cumin seeds. Once those splutter add the onions. YH08AL0qduXXWhF1F3RirjABbl5H-z0Cbs-WwGP5Z0USaute till golden and then add the turmeric along with the ginger garlic paste. Stir until raw smell goes away, then add the tomatoes. Stir and cook on low heat until tomatoes are somewhat mushy. 9cqyBBLjjjtTUzpFh8SRd66I-SlEfBqNOQD6HL_UBMs

Add the dal. Stir. Add a little bit of water to thin it out. Dal thickens as it cooks. Qiqx1apsbYGPiJFEvyI81V4-7HjHrEhM08fliCN38Sw

Add the rest of the spices and stir. Simmer for around 10 minutes, adding water as needed. Adjust spices to taste. WG9WBtjwQrkWJBk26g72ERwx1ex7QKvabGbVmLQXfmc


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3 responses to “Toor Dal

  1. Yuuuum! I adore dhal. I know it makes you… uh, fragrant, but it’s awesome nonetheless! Thanks for this recipe. I can’t wait to sob into my tasty dhal bowl.

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