Saturday 22 October 2011

Arhar (toovar) dal

arhar dal

I always enjoy a plate of dal chawal i.e. a bowl of piping hot arhar dal accompanied by boiled rice. I also find it emotionally satisfying as it reminds me of my childhood days when my mom used to serve it. Arhar dal is one of my favorite among all pulses and lentils. This dal is known as arhar dal and toovar dal in Uttar Pradesh and toor dal in Marathi.
Recipe of arhar dal
1 cup arhar dal (toovar dal/ toor dal/ split pigeon peas)
2 tomatoes- chopped
1 onion- chopped
3-4 garlic cloves- chopped (optional)
½ inch ginger- chopped finely
½ tsp rai (small mustard seeds)
A pinch of asafetida (hing)
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
½ tsp red chili powder (cayenne pepper)
½ tsp turmeric powder

  1. After washing the arhar dal, soak for 1/2 hour. Drain.
  2. Cook the dal with 3 cups of water, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt in a pressure cooker. Let 3 whistles come. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. When pressure drops, open the lid of cooker and mash the dal with a ladle (karcchi).
  4. Heat ghee in a pan and add rai. When they pop, add hing. Fry for 2 seconds.
  5. Add onion and stir- fry till they become brown. Add garlic and ginger. Sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft and pulpy. I usually cover the pan with a lid to soften the tomatoes quickly, stirring in between.
  7. Add this tadka (tempering) to the dal and mix well. Simmer the dal on low heat for 5 minutes, covered. Add chopped coriander leaves to garnish and serve arhar dal hot with rice or roti.
arhar dal

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