October 31, 2009

Urad Dal with Tomatoes

I was gone, missing from my blog for couple of months and it happens when one's life gets unexpectedly busy and also when there is absolutely NO motivation to cook something special just - for oneself. But, I have been blog-hopping a lot and bookmarked so many wonderful recipes that the list is unmanageable now. One such recipe is this which I saw long time ago and made it at last.

I always used Urad dal just for tempering and never made a complete dal out of it. I seriously thought this would just turn out very mushy and funny. Guess, I was wrong. Also what I didn't know was, this dal is served as a main course in many punjabi households. I am glad, I explored this 'gentle dal'.. finally!

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Urad Tamatar Dal (Adapted from here)


1 cup urad dal (without skins)
4 cups water
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/8 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp ghee (or canola oil)
salt - to taste
fresh coriander - for garnish [which is missing for my dish as I didn't have any]

For tempering:

1 piece of star anise
2 cloves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp minced ginger
2 whole red chillies
a pinch asafoetida powder


1. Wash dal thoroughly and keep aside.

2. Melt some ghee in a saucepan and add water & turmeric. Once it comes to a boil, add washed dal to bring it to a boil again. On medium-low flame, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. Now add tomatoes. Continue cooking for 45mins more, until the dal is fully cooked. Remove from heat and add salt. [If you are in a rush, pressure cook the same ingredients for 2 whistles]

3. Heat remaining ghee in a pan and add ginger & other ingredients listed under 'tempering'. Saute until light brown. Finally add cooked dal and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice (or roti).

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  1. Welcome back Siri! And what a great recipe to start with. I love this dal, so gentle, nurturing and comforting. I am glad that you discovered how wonderful urad can be.

  2. Hi Siri
    welcome back
    very healthy dal to restart!! expecting more dishes from you!

  3. hi siri,
    Good to c u :)
    Using udad for making dal seems interesting coz I too thought it would be mushy and funny :)
    Thanks for the recipe

  4. Hope we see you around more frequently now. I've been missing you at the book club.

    And you're right, this dal is a Punjabi staple but I usually make it mixed with chana dal. I'm eating some as we speak.

  5. Good to see you posting again Siri. I've never tried dal with urad dal, looks interesting. Will give it a try.

  6. Nice dal recipe. Looks so good. YUM! Sounds healthy too.

  7. Healthy tomato dal..looks delicious!


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