Feb 1, 2009


In my mom's family, my grandparents don't eat onions and garlic. Whenever they make roti or chapathi, my patti make this dhall for them and some other dish for others. Here is the recipe.

  1. Moong Dhall - 1 cup
  2. Toor dhall - 1 tbsp
  3. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  4. Green chillies - 3 ( acc to taste)
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Tomato - 1 finely chopped
For seasoning:-
  1. Oil - 1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  4. Asafoetida powder - a pinch
  5. Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  6. Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
First pressure cook the dhall, adding chopped tomato, turmeric powder and salt to it. Now take a pan, preheat the oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters add cumin seeds, green chillies, asafoetida powder and fry it till golden brown. Now add the cooked dhall to it and add 1/4 cup of water if necessary, to it, and let it cook for 3 to 5 mts. Turn off the stove and let it cool. After 10 mts, pour the lemon juice on top of it and garnish it with coriander leaves. Now dhall is ready to serve with hot rotis.

We can avoid using lemon juice, if we add more tomatoes. Also, toor dhall can also be avoided. This is a side dish but can also be used with rice. We can also add onions to this.

This recipe goes to CMT-Dhal/Kadhi/sambar/rasam, hosting by Priya, an event by Jagruti.


sriharivatsan said...

Ahhhhhhh, this one is my favorite..I also add veggies in this..Protein packed dish..Looks wonderful and yummy..

Thanks for your lovely comments in my blog..Keep visiting..

Deepthi Shankar said...

sometimes these simple dishes are soo tasty. sometimes i make certain dishes without onions, & they taste soo good, I dont use garlic too much in my cooking esp while making south Indian dishes, I mostly never use garlic ..

Jaishree Iyer said...

I also prepare dal in the same way . some times i add masala too. see my version masala dal..yours looks yum N delicious vidhya:)

Swapna said...

Looks simple & delicious. I make this very often. Look this dish.

Joie de vivre said...

That looks easy!

Purva Desai said...

simply love the dhall, always a comfort food for me.......

TestingSalesforce said...

yeah same here...mom also doesnt take garlic. so she prepares the same daal.looks delicious

mitr_bayarea said...


I didn't know you could add chopped tomatoes to the dhal prior to pressure cooking..I always fry the tomatoes..will try this out now.