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Palak Toor Dal: Spinach with Lentils

22 Jun

Palak toor dal (spinach with yellow pigeon pea lentils) has everything your nutritionist would give the nod to – and your palate would agree. Proteins, minerals, iron, and great taste!


Gooseberry Dal

4 Jun

Those beautiful green berries on the vegetable vendor’s cart looked so bewitching, I had to pick them up. I used them in this delicious amla (gooseberry) dal and loved the result, I can heartily recommend the recipe to you.


Tomato Toor Dal

10 Nov

Of all the types of dals, split toor dal (also called arhar dal) is the one I cook most often. I don’t always put a tadka with it, sometimes just plain boiled dal with salt and a few drops of lime juice tastes great when the rest of the dishes on my place are spicy.

On other "tadka" days, tomato toor dal is one of my most-loved ways of having toor dal.


Gujarati Dal: Yellow Lentils with Peanuts and Jaggery

2 Mar

Peanuts and jaggery in toor dal? It sounded bizarre and it wasn’t something I had cooked or eaten before. When I saw this recipe for Gujarati dal on a food show on NDTV Good Times I decided to try it in my own kitchen that very day.


Spinach Toor Dal

6 Feb

On regular days my plain yellow dal has a spicier accompaniment. On other days, the accompaniment is plain aloo fry while the dal is spruced up. Here is one way I make my dal interesting – a spinachy-garlicky version.

spinach-toor-dal-small You Need:

  • Toor Dal – 3/4 cup
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Spinach – 1 bunch
  • Garlic – 5 pods, crushed
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch, crushed
  • Green chilies – 2, slit vertically
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Oil – 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Dry red chilies – 2


Toor Sabut Moong Dal

31 Jan

A simple lentil dish to go with Indian meals – toor (arhar/pigeon pea split) dal with a fistful of saboot moong (green gram or whole moong, with the green skin on) in it. The yellow and green of toor sabut moong dal makes for a bright-looking colorful dish.