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Tomato Dalitoy

  Toovar dal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly grated ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Green chilies 2 , slit into 2
  Tomatoes 2 Large
  Chopped coriander 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Dry red chilies 2
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Curry leaves 4 Medium
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Oil 2 Tablespoon

Pressure cook dal along with salt, turmeric, ginger and slit green chillies until soft. Whisk it to make a smooth paste.
Transfer to a pot. Add diced tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft. (You can add the tomatoes in the pressure cooker, but I prefer to use it after the dal is cooked. It helps to retain the yellow colour of dal and the Tomatoes will not become mushy).
Add chopped cilantro and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Switch off the flame.
Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add cumin seeds, asafetida, curry leaves and cut red chillies. Saute for few seconds. Pour this tempering over the dal. Cover the pan immediately.
Serve along with steamed rice or roti garnished with some more chopped coriander.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Vegan, Vegetarian
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 272 Calories from Fat 78

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g13.7%

Saturated Fat 1.2 g6.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 115.2 mg4.8%

Total Carbohydrates 38 g12.7%

Dietary Fiber 9.5 g38.1%

Sugars 3.2 g

Protein 13 g25.1%

Vitamin A 27.8% Vitamin C 42.2%

Calcium 9% Iron 20.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


ifoodiee's picture
This had to be from you..i just love this dish with chapthis and some onion salad..brings back good old memories...but isn't it advisable to add some garlic combat the gas effect..sorry if that sounded rude..but i think it helps...guess it will alter the taste of the dish..I guess its ok if I add a single clove of crushed garlic to the cooker, or isn't it?
tanya3286's picture
I have never used toor daal before. Nor do I remember seeing it at my local grocers... is it a special lentil? do tell me. i have had moong daal with lotsa veggies. mom makes it often in the winter and its simply fab. i guess i can add teeny bits of veggies to this too.. it wont mess with the flavor right?
aparna.priya's picture
hey tanya3286, toor dal is arhar ki dal. i guess now u can recognize it. it tastes amazing with chapati and ghee. wow...i feel like having it rt now....
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
To combat the gas effect, I have added hing.
perceptiveeye's picture
yea, hing is a very important component to combat the gas effect! it also makes the dish very delicious...however, many i don't know why many people don't like it's aroma !!
Anonymous's picture
How long do I cook the dal if I don't have a pressure cooker?
Tomato Dalitoy Recipe