Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tamatar moong dal- Tomatoes in yellow lentil soup

This is another lentil recipe within one week. I actually thought of not posting this. But then, I make this dal only during vrats or an other times which requires us to follow the satvic diet. Since yesterday was Maha Shiv ratri, we were following a sans rice, onion and garlic diet.I had made this for chapatis as this dal preparation does not include any garlic or onion

One might ask me how is this dal different from Tovve. Well for one, this dal does not use any other vegetable apart from tomatoes and two- in this recipe, the moong dal is dry roasted before being cooked. The roasting of moong dal gives a unique toasted flavour which makes this quite different from the other dals. This dal can be conjured in a jiffy and it can be served with steamed rice or rotis. So without much ado, here is the recipe

Tamatar moong dal recipe:
Preparation time: 10mins
Cooking time: 20min


Split moong dal- 1 small cup
Tomatoes-2, chopped fine
Ginger- 1" piece, grated
Red chilli powder- 1/2tsp
Ghee- 1tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Jeera or cumin seeds- 1/2tsp
Hing- A pinch
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1/2tsp
Coriander to Garnish
Butter- 2tsp, to garnish (optional)
Lime juice- 1 tsp

  • Dry roast the moong dal on a low flame till fragrant.
  • Cool completely, wash and pressure cook dal for 3 whistles or till done
  • In a separate pan, heat the ghee and add the mustard seeds
  • Once they sputter, add the jeera and saute till brown
  • Add the hing, turmeric and red chilli powder and fry for few secs
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for 2mins
  • Stir in the salt, sugar and fry for a min more
  • Add the tomato mixture and some to the cooked dal and bring the mixture to a boil
  • Check for salt and take off the heat.
  • Garnish with butter, coriander leaves and lime juice and serve hot with rice or rotis


  1. mmmmmm looks like a bowl full of warmth n comfort!

    US Masala

  2. Hmm so cremy dal .perfect or rotis.

  3. Delcious comfort bowl of soup, looks very nice.

  4. Such a comforting dish, luv it with hot steamed rice

  5. don't worry..lentil is the healthiest food so any no of recipes is good for everyone as they can enjoy it in different forms right:)..

    Soup looks delicious

  6. Thick dal looks sooo comforting and yummy..

  7. The tomato and lentil combo makes this hearty meal very tempting too! Lovely picture.

  8. This looks amazing! I love dal, I could eat lentils several days a week and never get tired of them. Indian food is among my favorites. Really loving your recipe, can't wait to try it.

  9. So comforting and warm and delicious!

  10. Looks delicious, lovely pictures..

  11. Despite its simplicity, it looks extremely delicious!


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