Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tomato Dal ~ Tomato Pappu

The Tomato dal is my first choice ,I 'd opt for.This simple yet tasty flavour dal goes well with the steamed rice with a Ghee  or Roti's accompanied with Potato fry any other Vegetable fries or chips.

  • Kandipappu/Toor dal-1cup
  • Tomatoes-3to 4 cut in to pieces
  • Green chilies-4 slit in lengthwise
  • Tamarind-1''
  • Turmeric- a pinch
  • Onion-1 no chopped
  • Redchillipowder-3/4tsp
  • Water-3cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Kothimeer leaves to garnish
  • Oil-2tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1/2tsp
  • Redchilies-3 breaks
  • Curry leaves -few
  • Hing- a pinch (optional)
  • Garlic-2 cloves(crushed)(optional)
  • Take a Pressure cooker ,add the dal and clean it under water and drain all the water.
  • Now add 3 cups of water,turmeric,onion,green chillies,tomato pieces and finally place the tamarind and close the lid by placing the Weight on top.
  • Allow to cook up to 4 whistles.
  • Mean While,take a hard bottomed vessel for the seasoning .
  • Heat oil in it,add the mustard seeds,cumin seeds,red chillies and curry leaves and roast it.
  • Add the hing and garlic and let it roast for few seconds and turn off the flame and keep it aside.
  • Now remove the cooker lid and check the dal and mash it well with the back of a laddle.
  • Place it on a stove and add salt ,red chilipowder and cook for few minutes till it absorbs the chilipowder and bubbles out.
  • Now add the seasoning and let it cook for 1minute and mix well.
  • Remove from the flame and garnish with the kothimeer leaves.
  • Serve it along with Rice or Roti.

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