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Tomato and Garlic Dal

March 18, 2011


½ Cup Arhar or Toor Dal  (can also use Moong dal)

1 Medium Tomato

3 Cloves Garlic

¼ inch Piece Ginger

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

2 Whole Red Chilies

½ Tsp Turmeric

½ Tsp Red Chili Powder (or to taste)

Salt to taste

Pinch of Asafetida

3 Tbsp Oil


  1.  Cook Dal in a pressure cooker or by boiling.  Hand blend it once cooked
  2. Puree Tomato, Garlic, and Ginger.
  3. In a sauce pan, heat oil.
  4. Once hot, add Cumin Seeds, Asafetida, and Whole Red Chilies. 
  5. Add Tomato-Garlic Puree, and cook it for a few minutes. 
  6. Add Red Chili Powder, Turmeric, and Salt and mix well.
  7. Add Dal and 2-3 cups of water. 
  8. Let it simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.  Adjust water to desired thickness of Dal.

Serve it hot with Rice.

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