Spicy Tomato Dal

18 Sep

Masala Tomato Pappu.

Toor dal is pressure cooked along with diced tomatoes till soft. For heat, ginger and garlic is fried in tempered oil along with onion. Finally cooked dal is added to the tempering along with tamarind extract. Tomato dal is boiled for couple of minutes and can be served with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Spicy Tomato Dal.


Tomato 2
Onion 1 Small
Toor Dal 1 Cup
Garlic 2 Cloves
Ginger 1 inch Piece
Green Chiles 4
Tamarind 2 inch Sized Piece
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 4
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Wash toor dal under fresh water to remove any dirt.
Wash and chop the tomatoes into small cubes.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and lightly mash the garlic cloves.
Peel, wash and mash the ginger.
Soak tamarind in half a cup of warm water and extract all the juice discarding any veins.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.

Place toor dal, chopped tomatoes and a green chile in the same vessel.
Pressure cook the toor dal and tomatoes in 2 cups of water for 3 whistles.

Heat oil in a sauce pot, add all talimpu ingredients in order along with garlic cloves.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add mashes ginger, garlic, remaining green chiles and chopped onion.
Fry till sides of the onion starts to change color.
Then stir in cooked toor dal and cooked tomatoes, tamarind extract, turmeric powder and salt.
Cook on low flame for around 5 minutes and remove from heat.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and spicy tomato dal with steamed rice and crispy papad.
Notes: Make sure to cook the dal right.

Suggestions: If the dal is not cooked well, put it back on heat and cook covered on low flame till done. If the dal becomes mushy, don’t overcook next time.
Variations: You can also add few pinches of red chili powder or cumin powder just after removing from heat.
Other Names: Tomato Onion Dal, Spicy Tomato Dal, Tomato Pappu.


6 Responses to “Spicy Tomato Dal”

  1. samrajya lakshmi September 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    i alwayas cook this pappu this is my nellore dal curry making is easy and taste is fantastick.

  2. Hari Chandana September 20, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Delicious and colorful dal.. Lovely shot.. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. shiru September 23, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    very nice my husbands favorite dal he love this dal very much thanku

  4. farisa September 28, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    very tasty my children like this dal very much thankyou

  5. Mrs. Aditi Atish Kalamkar September 29, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    Followed by your method of preparation of spicy dal. I cooked in my home My husband & daughter like this dal very much.
    Thank you.

  6. Raji September 30, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    @samrajya lakshmi yep it is fantastic.
    @Hari Chandana thx
    @shiru our favorite too. thx
    @farisa thx for trying. glad they liked.
    @Mrs. Aditi Atish Kalamkar thank you for trying and letting us know. glad u guys loved it.

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