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 Top 10 Toovar Dal Recipes

  Last Updated : Jul 13,2018







Top 10 Toovar Dal Recipes

Toovar dal, arhar dal or pigeon pea is one of the must-have items on the grocery list of most Indian families. Tasty, healthy and versatile, it is one of the most popularly used pulses in India. The toovar legume is harvested, skinned, dried and sold as dal in whole or split form. The split one is more commonly used. Both polished and unpolished dal is available in the market, and the unpolished one is more nutritious.

South Indian families buy annual stock of Tovar Dal on the onset of Summer

This dal is easily available all over India. There are some families, especially in South India, who buy an annual stock of this dal at the onset of summer when it is usually processed by the farmers and supplied fresh to wholesalers. The women take it upon themselves to dry the dal once more (just to be sure!) in their terraces on large straw or jute mats, allow it to cool in the shade, and store it in huge tins or drums for yearlong use. For many, this is an annual ritual, and increases the feel-good factor and general sense of wellbeing or prosperity of the household!

Toovar dal is used to make nutritious and tasty dals and khichdis. It is also used in some special curries and subzis like the South Indian Paruppu Usili. While the split dal is more commonly used, the whole one is also used sometimes to make tongue-tickling subzis, such as the Maharashtrian-style Masala Toovar Dal.
 

Top 10 Toovar Dal Recipes

Normally, we think of combining toovar dal with tamarind or tomatoes for tang, but here is a refreshingly different recipe made with curds. The Dahiwali Toovar Dal can be served for lunch with steaming hot rice or chapatis.

Toovar is one of the most commonly used dals in Gujarat and is cooked regularly in most households. The Gujarati Toovar Dal recipe has an interesting sweet, tangy and spicy flavor with an appetizing aroma that is accentuated by the traditional tempering. It tastes great with a nice subzi and rotis.

Since toovar dal by itself tastes good with a kind of rustic aroma and flavor, it can be cooked simply with basic masalas and some onions, without any fuss. Toovar Dal with Onions can be cooked on any fine day without any advance planning or preparations.

Back home from office on a busy day, you deserve a wholesome and satiating dinner – but one that is also easy to prepare. Made of mixed veggies, rice and toovar dal, this filling and mouth-watering khichdi is just perfect...Toovar Dal and Mixed Vegetable Masala Khichdi

Let’s give a spicy Gujarati touch to the toovar dal khichdi, to make it even more special. This awesomely off-beat Toovar Dal ni Khichdi is sure to bowl you over…

When toovar dal joins hands with palak, you get an irresistibly tasty, healthy and satiating dal that’s perfect to enjoy with rice. Palak Toovar Dal

Masalawali Toovar Dal, which features a combination of toovar dal with onions and tomatoes, is a semi-spicy dal that can be enjoyed by one and all.

Now for a Maharashtrian delicacy that uses whole toovar to make a healthier and tastier dish. Masala Toovar Dal

A fusion dish that brings together samosas and toovar dal, the strong Oriental influence of this dish is sure to kindle your imagination and enthrall your taste buds. Burmese Samosa Toovar Dal Curry Soup

When green garlic is in season, this yummy dal is a must-try. It is very healthy, and the flavor is really wow, so just don’t miss this. Hare Lehsun ki Toovar Dal

For those of you who consider toovar as one of your staple foods, there are enough recipes to make a different one every day of the week! For the others, who have just bought their first pack of toovar dal after reading this article, this is just the beginning of a journey with India’s much-loved pulse. You are sure to love it more and more as you continue trying recipes with it. The consistency of the cooked toovar, not to forget its flavor and aroma are just perfect for Indian cooking!



Top 10 Toovar Dal Recipes

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 by Tarla Dalal
In this sumptuous recipe, low-fat curds provides a tangy twist to toovar dal without adding much to the calorie count. To get the best texture and flavour, make sure you add the curds after lowering the flame so that it does not curdle. Apart from being low in fat, the other good news is that the Dahiwali Toovar Dal is a great bone builder as it is rich in calcium, protein and folic acid too.
2.  
 by Tarla Dalal
A satiating dal with an interesting sweet, little spicy and tangy flavour, the Gujarati Toovar Dal is a homely dish that will remind you of mom any time, any where! A tempering of whole spices adds a lot of punch to this dal recipe, while tomatoes add enough tang and jaggery imparts a pleasant sweetness to it. Despite its simplicity and homeliness, the Gujarati Toovar Dal has a well-rounded and exciting flavour – so much so that a bowl of rice or a couple of rotis with a cup of this dal will make a nice, satisfying meal!
3.  
 by Tarla Dalal
Just how easy can it be to prepare a lip-smacking dal? Well, we urge you to get into the kitchen and try this Toovar Dal with Onions to experience the magic for yourself! There is nothing about this recipe that makes you think twice. The ingredients are so common, they are sure to be available at home. The procedure is exceptionally simple. And the best part is that the flavour beats even complex recipes hands-down. Homely and satiating, this Toovar Dal preparation is a must-try! Serve with plain rice or jeera rice .
Delicious masala-stuffed vegetables, rice and dal are carefully cooked together in this one of a kind recipe. A great one dish meal, Toovar Dal and Mixed Vegetable Masala Khichdi when served with buttermilk, also makes a fabulous potluck lunch.
Toovar dal ni khichdi is a class apart from normal khichdis because of the aromatic spices used. It represents a complete and grand meal when served with Rasawala Bateta Nu Shaak, any form of Kadhi and Rotla.
 
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6.  
 by Tarla Dalal
Toovar dal has a knack of combining well with greens, providing the right mushiness without becoming gooey. Here, palak and toovar dal come together, smartly pressure-cooked and hand-blended to the right consistency. A couple of whole spices added as a tempering impart a fresh aroma and irresistible flavour to the Palak Toovar Dal.
7.  
 by Tarla Dalal
A fiery paste of dry red chillies, aromatic seeds and pungent ginger and garlic is at the heart of this Masalawali Toovar Dal. Although it sounds too hot, it actually ends up enjoyably semi-spicy, when this paste is combined with cooked toovar dal, baby onions and tomatoes, making the Masalawali Toovar Dal a wonderful accompaniment for any type of Rotis , Parathas or a bowl of hot rice.
Not very spicy but super tasty, the Masala Toovar Dal is a homely Maharashtrian dish that goes very well with roti or steamed rice . Here, cooked toovar dal is flavoured with a paste of garlic, red chillies and other aromatic seeds like coriander and cumin. Onions sautéed in ghee give the dal a nice crunch and pungent touch, while tomato shares its beautiful tang. Enjoy this Maharashtrian delicacy hot and fresh. You can also try other dishes like the Masala Masoor and the Kabuli Chana and Paneer with Mixed Vegetables .
9.  
 by Tarla Dalal
An ever-popular snack and a spicy soup come together in this marvelous recipe. We begin by making scrumptious samosas by deep-frying samosa pattis packed with a mouth-watering mixture of potatoes, green peas and spices. Using readymade samosa pattis reduces the time involved and also gives the samosas a fabulous crispness. If you are now wondering what’s so new about samose, well, it is the tongue-tickling soup that we are going to drown it in. This awesome soup is comprised of cooked toovar dal, spiced up with a special, freshly-ground spice powder. Cooking the soup for around 15 minutes with this spice powder helps its flavour to fuse with the dal giving the soup a deep and intense taste. Interesting ingredients like kala chana, purple cabbage and bean sprouts are added to the soup to make it more sumptuous and also to improve the range of textures. Just before serving, each samosa is dunked in a bowl of flavourful soup and garnished with peppy ingredients like spring onions and coriander. You will find that the Burmese Samosa Toovar Dal Curry Soup is actually more than a soup. It is a filling snack! You can also try other Burmese delicacies like Burmese Khowsuey and Rice Noodles Khowsuey
10.  
 by Tarla Dalal
A dal with a lip-smacking flavour that lingers on your taste buds, the Hare Lehsun ki Toovar Dal would be a good dish to prepare when green garlic is in season. Green garlic has a milder flavour than regular dried garlic, and it perfectly flavours toovar dal together with a combination of other ingredients like tomatoes and onions. A traditional tempering adds punch to this peppy dal, which is a must-try during the spring season when green garlic is available.
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