July 11, 2012

{Recipe} Kerala style Arhar (Toor) Dal | Yellow Lentil Dal

I have a special relationship with dal. When I absolutely run out of ideas for our supper or when I am depressed/sad, I automatically go for a bowl of dal (preferably yellow) and rice. It makes me happy from deep within, soothes my soul. and puts back the smile of my face. :-)

But there are only so many I can make dal. Isn't it..and this is one such delicious way - kerala-style with coconut..


Cooking lentils is one of the quickest way to pep up a dull, morose day!

Ready to be ground..

the paste that makes all the difference..

Ready and Served.

{Recipe} Kerala Style Arhar (Toor) Dal

Recipe source: Chef R. Chenthil Kumar of Zambar, Gurgaon


1 cup toor/arhar dal (kandipappu), cleaned and washed
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp oil (for authentic kerala taste, use coconut oil)
salt - to taste

For the paste:

1/4 cup grated fresh coconut
4 garlic cloves, peeled
4 green chillies
10-15 fresh curry leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds

For tadka:

4 dried red chillies, whole
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp clarified butter/ghee
few curry leaves


1. Pressure cook or boil toor dal with turmeric and salt until mushy.

2. Make a fine paste of coconut, garlic, green chillies, fresh curry leaves and cumin. Keep aside.

3. In a pan heat oil. Make tempering with red chillies, mustard seeds and fresh curry leaves. Add the boiled dal to this and simmer for 2 minutes. Add a little water. Add the previously ground coconut paste and cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Allow it to simmer for some time for the flavours to blend. Check for seasoning and consistency. Top up with clarified butter.

Serve as a side dish for idli, dosa, steamed rice, roti or paratha.

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Sending this as entry to My Legume Love Affair # 49 guest hosted by Simona, original concept by Susan.

Kerala style Arhar (Toor) Dal

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  1. I could have a bowl right now :) And since I am at it, I'd like to have a little taste of the paste. I really like the color of this dal. Thank you so much for this lovely contribution to My Legume Love Affair.

  2. we make the same with moong :)

  3. love the picture..have not tried adding coconut to dal..should try it soon..looks yumm

  4. Nice. Hot rice, ghee, this dal and a spoonful of pickle. Maybe a papad. Who would need anything more?

  5. I love more the "Paruppu Payasam" while the ayyapan festive season & krishna jeyanthi this recipe making at my home :)

  6. As you said this looks really comforting! I never tried adding coconut, should try it next time.

  7. Now I got some recipe for the weekend! Hahaha. Chili + Garlic + coconut...I love this combination! :)

  8. Looks like the perfect recipe for this weather! Hot coconutty spicy dal with steaming hot rice! yum!

  9. looks sooooo tempting and delicious Siri! I love dals too :)


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