How to Prepare Arhar Dal(Toor Dal)

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Arhar dal, called also as Toor dal, is one of the most common lentils used across India. Known as split pigeon peas or yellow split peas, it makes its way into various preparations such as puran polis, sambar, dal fry, dosas to name a few. Dal fry or simply arhar dal, as it is commonly called, is one of the easiest way to use this lentil.

Easy to make and great to taste, it goes well with rice as well as rotis and phulkas. Before I take you through the recipe, here is a short note on why you should include this lentil in your diet.

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Health Benefits of Arhar Dal:

Despite being a simple and humble lentil, it comes with loads of goodness that makes it ideal to be included in all types of diet.

  • Good source of folic acid.
  • Rich with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron.
  • Good source of B vitamins.
  • Abundance of protein.
  • Rich in dietary fiber.
  • Zero cholesterol.
  • Low levels of saturated fats.

A single serving of tuvar dal gives you about 194 calories and provides you with 38% of your daily recommended dietary fiber. So how do you prepare arhar dal? Here is a simple, easy to follow recipe that anyone could try:

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

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  • Arhar dal – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 ,medium, finely chopped
  • Garlic – 6 cloves, finely minced
  • Ginger – 2 inch piece, finely grated
  • Green chilies – 2, split lengthwise
  • Cumin seeds – 1.5 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Hing – a generous pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tsp, finely chopped
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 2 cups

How to Prepare Simple Arhar Ki Dal Recipe:

  • Wash the dal thoroughly two to three times in running water.
  • Soak the dal in 2 cups of clean cool water for about 30 minutes.
  • As the dal soaks, chop onions, garlic, and ginger. Slit green chilies and keep aside.
  • Chop coriander leaves, wash, and keep aside.
  • Wash curry leaves and keep aside.
  • Sprinkle turmeric powder on the soaked dal and pressure cook for about 4 to 5 whistles.
  • Wait until the pressure completely subsides.
  • Take out the cooked dal, mash well, and keep aside.
  • Keep a deep frying pan on medium heat.
  • Add clarified butter, leaving ½ a teaspoon behind, to the pan and allow to turn hot.
  • Add cumin seeds.
  • As cumin seeds splutter, add chopped garlic, ginger, and slit green chilies.
  • Fry until ginger and garlic turns slightly brown.
  • Add onions and fry until it turns golden brown.
  • Add mashed dal and necessary salt.
  • Add water, if required, and allow dal to come to boil.
  • As dal starts boiling, lower the flame, and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add hing and curry leaves and boil for about 1 minute.
  • Add coriander leaves, rest of the clarified butter, and switch off the flame.

Serve hot with rice or phulkas.

Note: This is just one way of making arhar dal. The recipe varies with each and every household.

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  1. Wash and finely chop 2 tomatoes. Add the chopped tomatoes after onions turn golden brown and cook until they turn mushy. Now, add the dal and follow rest of the steps.
  2. For a lemon flavored dal, you can squeeze in fresh lemon juice just before you serve the dal.
  3. Make the dal a spicy deal by adding red chili powder.
  4. You can give it a masala twist by adding about 1 tsp garam masala just before adding curry leaves.
  5. Add about ½ tbsp kasuri methi leaves for a fragrant dal.
  6. You can add fenugreek, mustard, or even drumstick leaves to the dal for added nutrition.

The basic arhar dal recipe is quite a simple one. And, as I said, it varies with the person. This is how I make it. What is your way of preparing tuvar dal? Share your views.