Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tomato Pappu ~ tomato dal

Tomato Dal

We frequently make brinjal Dal and this tomato Dal at home. This tomato Dal has pleasing color and its perfect in its looks and at taste. Me and Hubby love this Dal so much. Do try if you prefer slightly tangy dal.

Thakkali paruppu


Tomatoes - 4 (medium sized red ripened)
Toor Dal / Tuvar dal - 1/2 cup (100gms)
Shallots - 5
Garlic - 5 pods
Green chilly - 4
Tamarind - one small lemon sized
Turmeric powder - a pinch

For Tempering:

Ghee - 2 tsp's
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly - 2
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp


Peel the shallots and garlic. crush the garlic and slit the green chilies.  Wash the tomatoes and slit each into four pieces.

In a vessel, add the toor dal, tomato pieces, shallots, green chilly, garlic and tamarind. add 1 and half cup's of water, a drop of oil and a pinch of turmeric powder.

Add 1 cup of water to pressure cooker and place the vessel. pressure cook up to 4 whistles. switch off the flame. wait till the pressure releases. Then cool the contents in vessel.

Now using your masher, mash the dal and tomatoes well. or you can give a grind for a second in your mixie.

For tempering, heat a pan, add ghee and heat it. then add mustard and let it pop. add split urad dal, dry red chilly, curry leaves and asafoetida powder. pour the mashed tomato dal to the pan and let it come for a boil.

Switch off the flame and garnish with corriander leaves.

Serve along with potato fry and rasam.


You can reduce one tomato and tamarind as per your taste.


  1. my favorite dal :) looks so delicious

  2. This is such a classic, and so delicious. Your pictures are awesome, especially the black-and-white and color blend.

  3. Yumm dhal... need some steamed rice and spicy side dish now.. wish you could link it up to my event..
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  4. We like this tomato recipes, and we like to invite you to upload your unusual delicious & unexplored recipe on Find best dishes at restaurants in Ahmedabad

  5. Love the Tomato dal made here. It is very colourful and tempting.


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