Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dal - Yellow Lentil

Dal is a dish which is made in every Indian household daily. It is high in proteins and nutrition and is specially  good for growing children. Again dal is a dish that can be made in an elaborate manner to give it a special touch for party by adding ginger garlic paste, cream etc.; however, it can also be done in a simple manner that suits everyday meals and is not heavy.  

The below mentioned ingredients serve 2-3 people.


Arhar/ Toor Dal (yellow pigeon peas) - 1/2 cup 

Yellow Moong Dal (yellow mung bean) - 1/2 cup 
Tomatoes large - 2 
Green Chilies - 2
Salt - to taste 
Turmeric powder - 1 tbsp 
Water - 2.5 - 3 cups (depends on what consistency you like for dal)

For Tadka (optional)

Butter/ ghee - 1 tbsp
Dry whole red chili - 2 
Fresh coriander leaves - for garnish 


  • Mix both the dals and soak in 2.5-3 cups of water for 30 - 60 mins 
  • Now in the pressure cooker add soaked dal along with the water to it. Throw in the two tomatoes that are slit from the center, green chilies, salt and turmeric powder. Close the pressure cooker and let this cook on low flame. 
  • After two whistles on the low flame, put the flame on high and give one final whistle after which turn the flame off. 
  • Once the cooker has cooled down, open the lid and stir it well to mix the tomatoes in it. 
This preparation is by itself very tasty and does not need tadka. I personally like it this way. However, if you like, you can take some ghee/ butter in a small pan. Once it is hot, add dry whole red chilies to it. Once they are swollen, take it off the flame and add in to the dal. 

Your dish is ready. Have it with hot steamed rice, roti or paratha. Once you will taste this recipe, I can bet you will not like dal in any other way. 

Hope you will like it!!

Happy Eating :)


  1. Hello Tarusha,

    I've just started a food blog and was browsing around for some food sites. This dal sounds delicious! I really love ghee/butter in dal.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and going through my recipes. Ghee/ butter adds lot of flavor to any Indian dish.

      I wish you good luck for your new blog. Happy Blogging :)