Thursday, September 16, 2010


When I was in Dubai, I used to post at least one recipe but after shifting to India, it has become very difficult for me to sit in front of system regularly.

After coming here my responsibilities have been increased because of joint family but I am happy that I am spending more time with my family and able to take care of my in laws. Since I am on diet I try to make all simple and low calorie food for me and my husband but my FIL loves different kind of food provided no garlic in the dish. My in laws never take garlic in their food because it gives them smell of non veg but sometime I make some dishes with garlic if they are not in station. So today’s recipe is one among them. Have a look


Preparation Time-10 min
Cooking Time-5 min
Serves- 4 Persons


Toor Dal-1 ½ cup (Soaked in water for ½ hour)
Unsalted butter- 1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies-2
Asafoetida powder- ¼ tsp
Onion-2 (Finely Chopped)
Green Chillies- 2 (Slit in two parts)
Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
Tomato- 2 finely chopped
Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
Chilli powder-1 tsp (or as required)
Salt- to taste
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- ½ tsp
Coriander leaves- for garnishing


·         Pressure cook dal for 3 minutes in medium flame with very minimal water.
·         Now in a pan, heat oil and add ginger garlic paste in this.
·         Fry this for couple of minutes.
·         Put chopped onion and green chilli in this.
·         Fry onion till it is transparent.
·         Add tomatoes in this along with all dry masalas.
·         Fry till you see fat at the edges in pan.
·         Now add cooked dal in this along with salt.
·         Cook dal for 2-3 minutes in this masala and then remove from heat.
·         Now in another pan heat butter.
·         Add cumin seeds and red chilli, allow it to crack.
·         Put asafoetida in this and put this seasoning into dal.
·         Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with anything you want.

·         Add ½ tsp of oil while cooking dal in pressure cooker, it does not allow dal to overflow from cooker.
·         Cover with a lid immediately, if you season some dish, so by doing this the nice aroma of seasoning gets maintain for long time.


Bo said...

I couldn't imagine cooking without garlic! This looks great...Could you substitute a different kind of dal?

Puja said...

Comforting n delicious!!

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SE said...

very tempting..its always nice to be back home though !!!enjoy your stay !

Unknown said...

wow, it looks sooooooooooooooooo beautiful !!!

kitchen queen said...

healthy, nutritious and yummy dal.

Priya Suresh said...

Woww comforting dal, looks yumm!

Santosh Bangar said...

thanks for visiting and following.u have wonderful recipes. dal is looking so nice to eat it. do visit i am also do the same

Unknown said...

dhal luks so delicious,love the presentation...

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

dal is always a very comfortable dish ,loved ur version of dal

Elaichii said...

Thanks for your encouraging comments Subashini!
Your dal looks so comforting!

notyet100 said...

dal looks yum,..perfect with rotis,..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very inviting toor dal. Very nice color.

Hamaree Rasoi

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Subhasini
Very nice dal..must try soon.
Have a nice weekend

Padhu Sankar said...

I love this simple dal -very comforting!!

Lav said...

neve made dal with toor dal...tempting...wonderful tips too..


Jayanthy Kumaran said...

One of my family fav...the color makes me droooooooool....

Tasty appetite said...

Lovely presentation..dal looks yummy!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

thank u for ur lovely tips...
nice variety of dal. .would love to try them

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely love making this dal

Namitha said...

Good luck with your shifting...hope you will be all settled soon..though I'm not big on masoor dal,this looks terrific

swapna said...

healthy and comfort food...looks delicious!!! u have a lovely blog!!

do visit me when time permits!!