A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

by deborah on February 7, 2017 · 11 comments

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A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

Tomato Dal/ Dal Tadka is a popular Indian recipe with a high dose of protein and goes great

with hot steaming rice or roti.

The taste is a rich combination of tomatoes, onions and tur dal (pigeon pea lentils or red lentils)

as the main ingredients.

Required Ingredients for Tomato Dal:

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

Pigeon pea or red lentils: 1 cup

Tomatoes: 3 medium sized

Onion: 1 chopped

Green chilies: 2-3 slit into two

Mustard seeds: ½ a teaspoon

Cumin seeds: ½ a teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds: 6

Asafoetida: ¼ of a teaspoon

Red chili powder: ½ a teaspoon

Turmeric: ½ a teaspoon

Garlic Cloves: 3-4

Curry leaves: 7

Chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

Method to Make Tomato Dal:

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

Take a cup of dal and cook till its soft and mushy in a cooker or open

( if cooker not available).

Take a pan, heat some oil.

To the oil, add mustard seeds and let them sputter.

Then add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, slit green chilies,

garlic cloves and curry leaves.

Fry till the garlic cloves turn little brown.

To the pan, now add chopped onions and cook till they are translucent.

Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and red chili powder and cook

till the oil separates.

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

Add the boiled lentils and mix well.

Add a cup of water (or more for required consistency).

Add salt to taste and cook till the dal acquires thick consistency.

(Right amount of salt brings out the sourness of the tomatoes, keep tasting

while adding the salt)

Add chopped coriander leaves and cover the dal for a couple of minutes.

Serve hot with rice or roti.

A little touch of ghee on the rice doubles the taste.

Step by Step Process with Images:

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

1.Keep all the ingredients ready.

Take a pan, heat some oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic cloves and let

them sputter.

Then add asafoetida and fenugreek seeds and fry for a few seconds.

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

2.Once the tampering turns brown, add curry leaves, green chilies, red chili, chopped

onions and sauté them.

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

3.To the pan, now add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder and

cook till the oil separates.

Add the boiled dal, and mix well.

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

4.Add water to the required consistency, salt to taste and bring it to a boil.

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

5.Put in the chopped coriander and let the simmer for about 3-5 minutes, keep

stirring once in a while and the very tasty tomato dal/ dal tadka is ready to go!

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

A Step by Step Guide to Making Indian Tomato Dal/Dal Tadka

Enjoy!

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Becca @ The Earthling's Handbook February 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

Thanks for sharing this authentic recipe! I am intimidated by all those seeds, but I know I can get them at a nearby Indian store, and you explained the technique so clearly that it seems feasible. I love dal, but so far I have only learned to make one kind.

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deborah February 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

Hi Becca,
Yes, there are wonderful sources for Indian spices in most cities. I hope you try this delectable recipe! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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Nancy Andres February 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

Thanks for hosting Deborah and the Go Mamas. Cool pictures Swati and instructions for a Indian Tomato Dal that sounds interesting to me. Thanks for sharing it at the healthy-happy-green-natural-party-blog-hop-145. Please check out my share this week, “Unique Valentine’s Day Present Ideas.” Wishing you and yours a Happy V Day! Nancy Andres @ http://www.colors4health.com

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deborah February 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

Hi Nancy,
We are so glad you enjoyed this Dal recipe. It is both healthy and delicious! We can’t wait to read and share our Valentine’s Day post! Thanks for your luv and support!

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Marla February 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm

HI Deborah,
This is a unique recipe – something very new & different for me. It sure sounds tasty and healthy with all those wonderful veggies and spices. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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Janelle @ Run With No Regrets February 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm

I haven’t tried making Indian food very often but it looks incredible! Pinned for later!

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Leanna February 14, 2017 at 12:11 am

Because your tutorial is so thorough and sequential I would be able to use all these different spices. Looks delicious.

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Smiling Notes February 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Lovely recipe! The humble dal can be so made in so many variations and this recipe is a classic! Thanks for joining us at the family joy blog link up party!

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April J Harris February 16, 2017 at 10:55 am

Wonderful tutorial, Deborah! your Tomato Dal looks just delicious – and I know it’s so wholesome too! Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Sharing your post on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page! Hope to see you again this week!

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Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com February 19, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Wow! This looks so amazing!! I love Indian food & look forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing at Sunday Fitness & Food.

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