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Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Tasted this very simple, delicious version of Toovar Dal Fry at an Indo-Chinese Restaurant, have tried to cook a close version at home and it turned out yum. So here's the recipe if you wish to give this a try ...


1 cup Toovar Dal

5 cups water

2 tomatoes (cut in big cubes)

Spices : Oil, salt, 1/2 teaspoon rai, pinch of hing, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhaanajeeru

1/2 tablespoon Lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh cut cilantro (dhania) for garnish


Boil 5 cups water in a saucepan. Add 1 cup Toovar Dal, 3 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon oil - Let this cook open (without a lid on it) on a medium flame for 25- 30 mins.

Keep stirring after every 10 minutes & keep mixing the dal.

After 30 mins, dal will be completely cooked, yet whole.

Keep this aside.

In another pan, add 2 tablespoons oil for tadka.

Once oil heats, add 1/2 teaspoon rai, pinch of hing

Add 2 tomatoes (cut in big cubes) + 1 teaspoon salt.

On medium flame, let the tomatoes cook till they soften 3-4 minutes. You can add some water to this from the cooked dal just to ensure that tomato juices don't burn & evaporate.

Add the cooked dal with all the water in it.

Add spices - 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder, 4 teaspoons red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon dhaanajeeru,
mix well & let the dal blend with all the spices for 5-7 minutes.

Add 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, mix.

Switch off gas, garnish with cilantro.

Serve hot with chapati/Naan as a side dish with any sabzi, also goes well with rice recipes.

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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