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Tomato Dal

A super healthy and delicious dal with tomatoes and spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dal, Side
Cuisine: gluten-free, Indian, nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 91.04kcal


  • 1 cup toor dal (also called tuvar dal, cooked until tender with a pinch of turmeric and some salt)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch asafetida (hing)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp ginger (grated)
  • 2-3 serrano peppers (or jalapeno peppers, deseeded and chopped. Use more or fewer depending on your preference)
  • 2 large tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 tbsp sambar powder


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan.
  • Add the asafetida and cumin seeds. When the cumin sputters, add the curry leaves and onion and saute on a medium flame until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the green chilies and ginger and stir for a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and the sambar powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes turn mushy and start breaking down.
  • Now add the tuvar dal and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes until the flavors have merged. Add water if the dal gets too thick.
  • Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve piping hot!


Calories: 91.04kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.45g | Protein: 4.65g | Fat: 2.17g | Saturated Fat: 1.45g | Potassium: 136.95mg | Fiber: 3.84g | Sugar: 2.37g | Vitamin A: 402.52IU | Vitamin C: 12.93mg | Calcium: 20.04mg | Iron: 0.86mg