Toor dal (quick and easy)

Toor dal is known as pigeon pea lentils in english. It is the most common variety of dal in every household in India. It goes well with chapati and rice too. It is very quick and easy to make. Dal always tastes best if the tempering is done with ghee (clarified butter). Let’s see how to make it.

Toor dal


Toor dal     1 cup (pigeon pea lentils) *Washed and soaked for 30 minutes.

Spice Powders :

Turmeric           1 tsp

Red chilli           ¾ tsp

Coriander          ½ tsp

Dry mango        ½ tsp

Asafoetida         ¼ – ½ tsp

Sugar                 1 tsp

Garam masala   ¾ tsp

Salt                     as per taste

* Mix all the spice powders and make a thick paste using little water.

**Tempering is included in the method.

Method :

  1. Pressure cook dal with 2 cups of water.
  2. Mash a little and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp ghee in a fry pan.
  4. Crackle Cumin seeds (1 tsp)
  5. Add spices paste and fry for 1 minute.
  6. Add dal and 1 cup of water.
  7. Check the consistency (Add more water if needed.)
  8. Boil and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Garnish toor dal with coriander leaves.

Note : If you want to use onion and garlic or make it like Dal Tadka then prepare it like Moong Dal Tadka(click here). Just replace moong dal with toor dal in that recipe.

A note from Author : 

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