Basic Toovar Dal Recipe, Toor Dal
by Tarla Dalal
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Easy though it is to make, the Basic Toovar Dal is the ultimate comfort food for many Indians! It hardly requires any effort and uses only common, everyday ingredients that you are sure to have at home.
All you need to do is pressure-cook the dal with onions and tomatoes, and cook it further for few minutes with an aromatic tempering of spices and seeds.
What you get after this simple procedure is a super tasty, homely and satiating dish, which combines well with any Indian bread or a bowl of hot rice !
You can also try other dal recipes like Dal Moghlai or Dal Pinni .
- Combine the dal, onions, tomatoes, green chilli, turmeric powder and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
- Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
- Remove the slit green chili, add 1 cup of water and salt and whisk well. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds, garlic, asafoetida and curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
- Add the dry red chilies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
- Add the dal mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the coriander and mix well.
- Serve hot.
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Dal is a staple in most Indian households. Masoor, Toor, Moong, Urad, Chana or a combination of 3-5 are popular dal used to cook an array of dal recipes. It is consumed with rice and served with subzi-roti to prepare a wholesome meal. Most dals are rich in proteins, fibre, and folic acid. You can add in some vegetables and spices and temper with ghee to prepare a flavorful lentil dish. Here are some popular toor dal recipes :
Pick, clean and wash the toovar dal. Toovar dal is good for health and provides the body with a lot of protein. To read more about the health benefits, check out this article on toor dal benefits.
Soak the toor dal in enough water for an hour.
After half an hour, drain the dal using a strainer.
In a pressure cooker, add washed and drained dal.
Add onions. If you are Jain, skip adding onions.
Add tomatoes. Make use of fresh ripe tomatoes to give toor dal a beautiful flavor.
Add green chili. If you love the garlicky flavor in your dal then add some garlic cloves while boiling toor dal.
Add turmeric powder and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker.
Mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Different brands of cooker require different time to cook and also the number of whistles will vary depending on the flame.
Stir the dal once so there are no lumps and remove the slit green chili.
Add 1 cup of water to adjust the consistency of toovar dal and salt.
Whisk well and keep aside.
To temper, basic arhar dal, heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan. Ghee can also be used to temper arhar dal.
Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds.
Add garlic. The basic toor dal recipe makes use of a handful of ingredients so, ensure they are fresh and do not use store-bought or frozen garlic and instead use freshly pounded garlic to give a nice flavourful hint to the toor dal.
Add asafoetida to counter the gassy effects of the Tovar dal.
Add curry leaves and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
Add dry red chilies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
Add dal mixture.
Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
Add the coriander and mix well. Dhania gives tuvar dal a real freshness.
Serve Tuhar Dal hot with steamed rice and jeera rice. This dal will thicken as it cools. If not relishing immediately, warm up leftovers with some water and thin out on the stovetop. Check out our collection of toor dal recipes and learn delightful dal recipes like Methi Toovar Dal, Trevti Dal and Kerala Tomato Dal.
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