Indian Toor Dal (Split Yellow Peas)

This is classic Indian dal. It is so comforting and easy to make. Serve with Naan or rice for a refreshing start to a meal.

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Serves 2-4

  • 175 g (6oz) toor dal
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh chopped coriander

How to make Toor Dal:

  1. Rinse dal with the water.
  2. Bring 3 cups of water to the boil, add the dal and simmer for about 15 min, until you can crush the dal with the back of a wooden spoon. Set aside, covered.
  3. Heat he oil, add the mustard seeds. Sizzle for a few seconds until the seeds have popped.
  4. Add the cumin seeds, onion, and half coriander leaves and fry, stirring, until the onion is golden.
  5. Add the tomato, turmeric, garlic and chili, stirring well and mashing the tomato with the spices to make a paste.
  6. Add to the dal a little of its cooking water. Stir well, heat through and add salt to taste. Garnish with the remaining fresh coriander.
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