Tomato Dal

Tomato dal ( Tomatoes cooked with red masoor dal)


Making this tomato dal  is such a great way to use up your fresh tomatoes for quick weeknight dinner. It is one of those best dal recipe, because it's so easy to make. I like using  the combination of tomatoes and dals to make my dal colourful and tasty. It's a dal that never fails and one of my favourite weeknight dinner options. I normally opt for chilly powder or sambar powder in my dals, but I wanted to change the flavours in this dal with fresh green chillies. Just keep in mind that you will need to adjust the spice levels, according to the green chillies that you use. So taste and adjust the seasonings. I have pressure cooked the tomatoes and green chillies along with the masoor dal and later ground into a smooth paste. If you are not having red masoor dal, try with regular unpolished toor dal. The dal consistency will be slightly different with toor dal but it will be delicious. I have many spring onions left in my refrigerator, so I garnished this dal with chopped spring onions. You can garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Try this easy tomato dal and it will be an absolute hit.



Easy side dishes for roti, poori, pongal. Healthy side dishes for roti




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Prep time : 20 minutes
Cook time : 20 minutes
Category : side dish
Serves : 4

Ingredients
  • 6 red ripe tomatoes
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp red masoor dal or toor dal or moong dal
  • 1 tsp asafoetdia powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp urid dal
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 red chilly
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions (optional) 
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
Cooking Directions
1. Take a small 2 ltr pressure cooker or pan and add the washed red masoor dal with 1 cup water. Let them soak for 15 minutes. Then add the washed tomatoes and green chillies. Close the lid and keep on low flame. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.Allow the pressure to settle down naturally.
2. Then transfer the tomatoes and green chillies to a big mixer jar and grind it to smooth paste.(No need to add any water).
3. Heat some oil in a pan and add the mustard, urid dal and red chilly. When it splutters add the cumin. Next, add the chopped onions and garlics. Saute it for a few minutes. Next add the ground paste and saute it for a minute. 
4. Now add the cooked dal and 1/2 cup of water along with the required salt and turmeric powder.
5. When it boils well and you see the white foamy layer on the top of the dal add the asafoetdia powder and boil for few more minutes. 
7. Switch off the flame and add the finely chopped spring onions or coriander leaves. You can sprinkle tsp of black pepper powder and serve it for roti, warm rice, rava upma and pongal.

Tomato dal ( Tomatoes cooked with red masoor dal) with step by step photos

1. Take a small 2 ltr pressure cooker or pan and add the washed red masoor dal with 1 cup water. Let them soak for 15 minutes. Then add the washed tomatoes and green chillies. Close the lid and keep on low flame. Pressure cook for 3 whistles.Allow the pressure to settle down naturally.



2. Then transfer the tomatoes and green chillies to a big mixer jar and grind it to smooth paste.(No need to add any water).





3. Heat some oil in a pan and add the mustard, urid dal and red chilly. When it splutters add the cumin. Next, add the chopped onions and garlics. Saute it for a few minutes.


4. Next add the ground paste and saute it for a minute. 


5. Now add the cooked dal and 1/2 cup of water along with the required salt and turmeric powder.


6. When it boils well and you see the white foamy layer on the top of the dal add the asafoetdia powder and boil for few more minutes. 


7. Switch off the flame and add the finely chopped spring onions or coriander leaves. You can sprinkle tsp of black pepper powder and serve it for roti, warm rice, rava upma and pongal.

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