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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
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Author: Vaishali ยท Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes


  • 1 cup tuvar dal , cooked until tender with a pinch of turmeric and some salt
  • 2 large tomatoes , diced
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger , grated
  • 2-3 green chilies , chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp
  • sambar powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil


  • Heat the canola 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!