BM #110 Week 3 Day 1 - 

This week I shall showcase some of the favored Dal recipes which have become our family favorites over the years. These dals have not been traditionally made at home but I have adapted these based on what my family has come to love.

This is one of the few Dal recipes where my family enjoys ginger and garlic. It has taken me so many years to accept the usage of garlic in dal. But majority wins everywhere, even at home :).

Ingredients - 

Toor Dal 3/4 cup
Tomatoes, chopped 3/4 - 1 cup
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Tamarind extract or Lemon Juice as needed (I skipped it)
Salt, Turmeric, Sugar as needed
Methi Powder or Kasuri Methi a pinch
Dhania Powder 3/4 tsp
Jeera Powder 1/2 tsp
Ginger + Garlic + Green Chili paste as needed
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida 2 pinches, Curry leaves few, Red Chili 1)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash toor dal and peanuts. Drain and pressure cook it with about 3 cups of water and a pinch of turmeric.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop, add the ginger-garlic-green chili paste and tomatoes.

Pour about 1/2 a cup of water and allow the tomatoes to cook.

After they are cooked well and mushy, sprinkle turmeric, dhania powder, jeera powder, methi powder and salt.

Let the mixture simmer for a couple minutes.

Transfer the cooked dal+peanut mixture from the pressure cooker to the simmering tomato mixture.

Mix well and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.

Remove and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with steamed rice.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 5-6
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, March 17, 2020


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. I love the addition of peanuts in dal recipes as I love the soft bite they give. This seems to be a delicious dal.

  3. Pavani Says:
  4. What a delicious dal recipe. My kids love dal and peanuts too, so this will be perfect to try for them.

  5. sushma Says:
  6. Delicious looking dal, peanuts must have gives very nice flavor and crunchiness to the dish.

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