Recipe for Homestyle Simple Tomato Dal (Andhra Style Lentils with Tomato)


What could be better than some hot dal with rice or rotis? this is comfort food at its best for most indians…. growing up, we complained that no two dals would never taste or look the same at home ….  as a child, that was something peculiar, now that would be a delight!!

On a weeknight, dal for me is an accompaniment paired with rice / roti and a vegetable side dish is really a bonus.  This is a simple dal with tomatoes, that is cooked in no time, yet flavourful and wholesome. most of the cooking is done in the pressure cooker which saves a lot of time.

Tomato Dal (Serves 3)

1 c tur dal (yellow lentils)

2 c water

a pinch of asafetida

2-3 green chillies, slit

1 c chopped tomatoes

1/2 c chopped onions

2-3 pods garlic crushed

1/2 t turmeric powder

1 t Coriander powder

salt to taste

1/2 t mustard seeds

1/2 t cumin seeds / jeera

a few curry leaves

1 t ghee

2 dry red chillies

2-3 T fresh coriander leaves

Pressure cook the dal with the onions, tomatoes, crushed garlic, green chillies, asafetida and turmeric, adding the 2 cups of water for about 4 whistles or 12-13 minutes till cooked soft.  Mash the cooked dal with the back of a ladle. add the salt and the fresh coriander leaves to the dal and mix well. in a small pan, heat the ghee, add the cumin seeds and splutter, add the dry red chillies and fry for a few seconds, add the curry leaves, add this to the cooked dal, mix well and serve hot with roti or rice. the consistency can be adjusted by adding water.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Ultimate comfort food ! Isn’t it! I too like to add tomatoes in dhall.

  2. Asha says:

    Slurp! I love the plain and simple Toor dal and Tomato gravy, excellent looking dal! 🙂

  3. Cynthia says:

    Want some with rice.

  4. Priya says:

    My favourite dal,tomatopappu, such a comfort food with pickles..urs looks delicious

  5. Raaga says:

    Sachin’s favourite dal… its coming up on my blog sometime next month 🙂 I’m scheduled all the way to April you see.

  6. Anu Sriram says:

    Yes, it is a comfort food! With rice and papad.. hmmmmm… yumm!

  7. Madhu says:

    I can have dal anytime as a soup itself.The dal looks very good..Its indeed very comforting.


  8. Happy Cook says:

    This is my favourite parippu curry with plain rice.
    My comfort food.
    Looks so yummy delicous.

    yes… comfort food at its best… amazing how simple things are the ones that provide comfort!!

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