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Tomato Dal

Parippu curry or dal is one of the common curries severed with any main course meal in India. This is a real comfort food tangy and tasty made with toor dal and tomatoes and its flavor enhanced by a tempering or thadka. I usually serve this with chapatis but it also goes well with rice. This is quick version. I have cooked tomatoes and dal together and then finished off with a tempering. You can cook the dal first and saute tomatoes and onion and add to the dal along with a thadka. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.

Toor Dal- 3/4 cup
Tomatoes- 3 medium
Shallots- 4-5
Ginger- 1 inch thick

Green chilly-4
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For the tempering
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- a pinch
Garlic- 1 pod
Dry red chilly-2
Curry leaves- a few
Ghee/ oil- 1 tsp

Wash and soak toor dal for about 3 hours. Pressure cook this along with tomatoes, shallots, green chilly,ginger, turmeric powder and chilly powder and salt. Cook this for ten minutes or three whistles. Once lentil is nicely cooked mash with a wooden spoon.
Slightly crush garlic and cumin and set aside. Heat ghee/oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and fennel seeds. When the splutter add red chilly and curry leave and saute for a few seconds and add the crushed garlic and cumin. Fry till there is a nice aroma. Pour this over the dal.Serve with rice or chapatis.

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Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. wow!what a innovative dal.i like ur this recipe.

  2. Using of fennel in tadka is interesting

  3. Great presentation and looks so good !

  4. This is such a comfort food ...... luv it !!

  5. Tadka made it perfect..Love to have some with rotis..slurp!

  6. Thick and creamy dhall. Perfect for roti :)

  7. such a comforting dal, looks superb dear, thanx a lot for linking it to my event..

  8. You are rgt dear.. This is one of the most comfortable foods..

  9. Delicious comfort food !! well presented too !!

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  10. we usually have this dal with roti. nice one. nice click.


  11. Looks super delicious! I am a big fan of a good old dhal! Hey, I finally got around to posting the dish that I tried from your spot. Sorry for the drag cause my hubby has issues and than I became sick..:(. Anyways, we enjoy that recipe a lot and we make it often. Thanks for sharing this and the other one.

  12. Dal is my fav...with tomatos looks and sounds tempting...with rice its a apt combo

  13. such a delicious dal and tempting dal.. looks too good dear.. thanks for the recipe :)
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  14. Tomato dal looks so yum and delicious...This dal is my hubby's favorite....

  15. That's yummy looking bowl of dal. BTW was thinking if you would be interested in this blog hop.Check out this link and let me know.

  16. delicious and perfect with tomatoes

  17. Very colorful..and yummy looking dal..


  18. Wowww.. Delicious looking dal.. Simply inviting dear.

  19. Dal is my all time fav, This looks rich n delcious Suja..

  20. Never used fennel for dhall sounds very interesting!!

  21. This is what i call comforting with tangy taste :)

  22. Delicious looking dal..looks so rich and colorful!!

  23. Hey checheeeeee tom dal looks super..

  24. Tomato dal looks wonderful, yummy and tempting. Very good for health.

  25. Wow would love to try this yummy recipe:-)
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  26. yithu mathram madi allo choru kazhikan

  27. Dal is such a comfort food in our home..that looks absolutely delicious!

  28. Loved this tomato dal recipe looks amazing:-)

  29. this is perfect with fav..:)


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