Tomato dal tadka

Main Dish
3 servings
16 min
44 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 3

For Dal:

1/2 cup masoor dal ( red lentils )

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon oil

2 cups water

For Tadka:

2 teaspoon oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin ( jeera ) seeds

1 onion, chopped

1 green chilli, slit lengthwise

1 spring curry leaves

1 onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

3/4 teaspoon salt to taste

1 teaspoon coriander leaves, chopped


  • For Dal:
    Wash and clean dal. Soak dal in 2 cups water for 30 minutes. Boil dal on a low heat with 1/2 turmeric powder and oil for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • For Tadka:
    Heat oil in a pan / kadai. Add mustard seeds. When they pop add cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for 2 minutes. Add chopped onion and fry till pink color.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well. Shallow fry on a low heat for 5- 8 minutes till tomato gravy slightly thickens.
  • Add cooked dal and salt to taste. Adjust the thickness of the gravy with water ( if required ).
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve with roti / chapati / rice.


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