A Simple dal

Dal or lentil is a most important staple food in Indian subcontinent. It is a nutritious food whose protein content is 3.5 times more than rice and 2.5 times more than wheat.

There are lots of varieties of recipes can be made from it. Today I am making simple dal recipe which goes well with rice, roti, paratha or naan.

photostudio_1504015064134 (1)Cooking time : 25 minutes

Cooking for : 2 to 3 person.

Here is the recipe..


(1 cup = 200 ml)

  • Toor Dal/yellow lentil  : 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder : 1 tsp
  • Onion : 1 small (finely chopped)
  • Tomato : 1 small (chopped)
  • Panch phoran or Cumin seed : 1 tsp
  • Dry red chili : 1
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil : 2 tbsp.
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Wash the dal in cold water and put it in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add 2 cups of water in it along with tomato (chopped roughly), turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Heat the cooker on medium flame.
  4. Wait for 5 to 6 whistle and then switch of the flame.
  5. Once the dal is cooked, smash them with the help of a spoon and keep aside.photostudio_1504016006755
  6. In a different pan heat oil and add dry red chili in it.
  7. When it became black in colour add panch phoran into it.photostudio_1504016087111
  8. When it starts to crackle add chopped onion in it.
  9. When onion becomes golden in color add boiled dal in it.photostudio_1504016150083
  10. Mix everything well and wait for one boil and then switch of the flame.
  11. If the dal is too thick add little bit of hot water in it as per your requirement.
  12. Garnish it with coriander leaves.
  13. It goes well with rice, roti/chapatti, naan.



  • One can replace panch phoran with cumin seeds.
  • Panch phoran is easily available in the Indian groery store.
  • Adding onion is not compulsory.
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