Dal is a very good source of protein and is highly recommended for vegetarians. Toor Dal or yellow split pigeon pea is a common variety of dal which is used as staple food in most of the places in India, though not in Kerala. I think this could be due to the availability of lots of fresh fish in Kerala 😉
Toor Dal is a basic ingredient for the famous Indian curry Sambar, so it is also called sambar dal. Dal Tadka is a simple preparation of toor daal using fried spices. Adding some green leaves like drumstick leaves or spinach (palak) can enhance the taste and nutrition of the dish.
I hope this simple recipe will be useful for new cooks 😉
Daal Thadka with Drumstick Leaves
- Toor Daal : 2 cups
- Tomato : 1 (cut in to 4 pieces)
- Turmeric : ¼ teaspoon
- Green chillies : 1
- Oil – 5 teaspoon
- Mustard seeds : ½ teaspoon
- Cumin seed : 1 teaspoon
- Onion : 4 small onions (take half if you have only normal onions)
- Garlic cloves : 3-4
- Curry leaves : 4-5
- Chilli powder : 1 teaspoon
- Red dried chilli : 1
- Fenugreek seeds : ¼ teaspoon
- Salt : 1 teaspoon (to taste)
- Water : 5 cups
- Drumstick leaves/Spinach (cut in to small pieces) : 1/2 cup
In a pressure cooker add dal (pigeon peas) along with water (4 cups), tomato, green chillies and turmeric. Keep the pressure cooker on high flame/heat and wait for the first whistle. After the first whistle, reduce the flame/heat to low and keep for 10-15 minutes. Switch off the flame and open the pressure cooker after 10 minutes. If you prefer to add some nutritious leaves, add it and cook dal for some more time (5 minutes).
Cut onion in to small pieces and keep it aside. same for garlic as well.
Keep a pan on flame/heat and add oil. Once oil is hot, add mustard seeds and allow it to pops up. Add curry leaves, dried red chilli (cut in to halves), cumin seeds and onions. Once onion starts changing its colour add fenugreek and garlic also. Saute for few more seconds. Reduce the flame and add chilli powder directly to the oil. Within 5-10 seconds add cooked daal (step1) to this and add salt and remaining water. Stir well.
Tips: Do not delay in adding cooked daal to thadka so that chilli powder doesn’t burn-out.
Keep this in the low flame for 10 minutes to get thick dal thadka.
Serve your Dal Thada with rice or roti.
I love to have it with ghee rice (prepared using special type of rice called jeera rice)