This Toor Dal fry happened on a weekday evening when I suddenly realized that I had run out of all vegetables suitable for a curry! I think this happens to everyone at least once a while? What do you all do on such occasions? I would love to hear your ideas for a 'No Vegetable' Curry :) Anyway I was glad to have had this inspiration from my other half! The kids loved this too. 

Toor Dal Fry

Ingredients -

Toor Dal 1/2 cup
Onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Coconut Powder or Grated Coconut 1 Tbsp
Green Chillies 1-2 (or as needed)
Salt as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp, Red chillies 1-2, Curry leaves few, Hing a couple pinches)
Dash of lemon juice if preferred

Method Of Preparation - 

Cook Toor Dal al dente with adequate water on the stove top. (It took me about 18 min. But the time varies according to the toor dal variety and water used. I added exactly 1 cup of water for 1/2 cup dal)

In a sauce pan, heat oil and add the seasoning in the order specified. After the mustard seeds pop, add the finely chopped onions and saute till they are golden brown. Also add in chopped green chillies and turmeric.

Toor Dal Fry

Add the cooked toor dal and saute for a minute or two. Add salt and sprinkle the coconut. Mix well and remove from fire.

[Garnish with chopped coriander leaves if preferred.]

Squeeze a little lemon juice and serve it as a side dish for Dal and enjoy!! 

This Goes to 'MLLA - 35' happening at Kannada Cuisine started by Susan.

Also sending this to Kiran's 'Cooking with Whole Foods'  event happening at Veggie Platter, the ingredient being Toor Dal / Pigeon Peas.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 2-3 Adults

Posted by Harini on Thursday, June 2, 2011


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. That is a great idea of using dal for a curry. I do that sometimes with green moong. Beautiful and yummy presentation !!!

  3. perfectly cooked toor dhal.. looks delicious. great snack as well as side dish.

  4. this looks wonderfully delicious

  5. divya Says:
  6. delicious and yummy...

  7. Pavani Says:
  8. Healthy & delicious dal curry.

  9. beautifully garnished toor dal fry..

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Shylaja Says:
  11. Looks delicious and healthy recipe
    South Indian Recipes

  12. Sunanda Says:
  13. Dal fry looks absolutely healthy and adding grated coconut in that..

    Sunanda's Kitchen

  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Simply inviting, thats a fabulous fry..i do similar with channadal but never tried with toor dal..thanks for sharing..

  16. Suma Gandlur Says:
  17. Love it. We do the other way, more coconut and less dal. Thanks for sending it over.

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