Friday, May 20, 2011

Simple Tomato Dal

Have you ever wondered if given a chance to look in to your future, will you recognize yourself...?
I often wonder about that... I think few years back if I get a chance to leap into where I am right now, I might give myself a shock or at least a scare...

Every time I visit new places.... or at times when I wait at the college staring at the buildings through the window...or every time I pick up a new habit ... I often ask myself about this..
One thing I am sure is that after the initial shock, my past-self will be extremely proud of what I am....

Its crazy if you really think about it... How quickly life changes...How experiences over time gives a new outlook of life... How priorities have  changed over the years ... The new things you started doing... New food started eating....
I always wonder about that and  I will continue to wonder ... I think its a good thought process to have....

There I said it...I have given a peek of what is happening in my head...
If anybody finds me staring somewhere lost in memories...then you can guess, I will be thinking something along this way...

So today when I was making Dal, my thoughts were these exactly.... My past-self would be totally shocked wondering 2 thing !!! How come I am cooking... That tooo Dal !!!

Few years back I wouldn't even allow any kind of Dal curries come anywhere near my mouth...In fact few years back then I was pretty convinced I would never like Dal in my life....

I call this simple dal because it really is very simple to make... If you have a pressure cooker at hand...I learned to make this from my MIL...
This dal makes its' appearance quite often into our dinner menu...

Recipe :
Inspired from Mummy's Dal
  1. Dal                       -  1/4 cup  (Toor dal  or  Moong Dal)
  2. Tomato                 - 2 medium sized, cut into half  or 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
  3. Turmeric powder    - 1/4 tsp
  4. Green chili             - 2 small , slit into half
  5. Coriander leaves     - a handful
  6. Salt
  7. Lemon squeezed    - 1/2 of medium
  8. Water                   - 1 cup

Heat a pan, add dal and roast on high heat for a minute or two, a good aroma comes from the roasted dal.
Set up the pressure cooker, add everything except lemon juice.
Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Switch off the heat, let it sit until all the pressure is gone.
Open the lid,  whisk everything together to lightly mash. It forms a thicker consistency.
If the consistency is still thin, transfer to a sauce pan and heat and simmer till the required consistency is attained.
Check for salt and squeeze some lemon juice as per taste.
Now go ahead and have this dal with some rice and yoghurt...:)


  1. Looks so yummy and would be gr8 with roti

  2. Thats indeed simple...I too make it often...when am lazy...I have never added lemon...will try it some time...Hey great pics and a lovely bowl...

  3. Looks mouthwatering! And I love that egg shaped bowl.

  4. wow!!beautiful click!!simple n healthy dal!!!

  5. Simple yet very comforting:) Your photos are just as amazing as the recipe:)

  6. @ Chitra : We too sometimes have it with roti as well...

    @ Reshmi : Adding lemon gives a tangy effect... I love it.. I bet you will also...:)

    @ Angie: Thank you... That bowl is my newest addition...:) So far I love it...

    @Prathima : Yes they are...:)

    @ Rekha, Reva, Priva : Thank you so much I really appreciate it...:)

  7. simple tomato dal looks awesome , love to try with chapathi.

  8. great shot of tomato and coriander such a chick bowl!

  9. The perfect comfort food, would love to have with garam rotis.

  10. i totally love the lighting in all those pics...and i think a dal prep cant get easier than such a hardcore fan of dal :)

  11. I see u redesigned your blog? Congrats on that :-) The dal looks fabulous. A thing I can have all week!

  12. Ann, it interesting how quickly life changes! A year ago, I have no idea where would I be... I do not know what the future will bring, and sometimes I'm so scared about it, but in the other hand, I can't wait to see. We just need to learn how to stay and live in this particular moment :)
    I love your Dal, these are thing we must live for :D

  13. wow...
    looks delicious dear...
    awesome clicks :)

  14. This has really great flavours. It sounds so aromatic and tasty!


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