Toor Dal Recipe

Toor Dal

Well, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have been slightly lax in my blogging over the last couple of weeks. One of the reasons for this could be that I have become slightly addicted to the Indian singing reality show – Sa re ga ma pa – and can’t get enough of the back episodes on my tablet. I mean, come on, where else in the world would the contestants throw themselves at the feet of the MC in respect; and where else would all the judges break out into song and almost drown the poor contestant’s singing. Worth a watch – just for the cultural elements.

But if truth be told, the real reason for lack of blogging is my shock, upset and preoccupation with the gang rape of the young girl at a bus stop in Delhi and at her subsequent death. This is just one of the many incidents that happen in India almost on a day-to-day basis and the people in power seem powerless to put a halt to these atrocities. I do hope that this time things do change and the poor girl will not have lost her life in vain. To show your support and to help bring about a change in law, please sign this petition.

So in times like this it seems very frivolous and somewhat pointless in the larger scheme of things to blog about finding the perfect biryani in London. I am sure I will resume next week as life must, and should, go on – but for today here is a recipe for Toor Dal. The comfort food to top all comfort food in our house.

And is it only me who thinks that our heroes – the Indian cricket team – should have at least worn black bands on the field against Pakistan today? Or did they have a two-minute silence at the beginning of the session that has somehow passed me by?

Toor Dal Recipe

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Toor Dal is whole yellow lentils and is a great comfort food in our house.


  • 100g toor dal (washed and drained)
  • 1/2 tin of tomatoes
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1 tbs. sunflower oil
  • Coriander to garnish
  • Salt to taste


Toor Dal tastes best when add with rice and a spoonful of ghee.


Step 1
Heat up the oil in a saucepan and when it is hot add in the cumin seeds.
Step 2
When the cumin seeds start to splutter, add in the garlic and dried chilli.
Step 3
When the garlic is brown, add in the onions and stir till they are soft.
Step 4
Now add in the tomatoes, salt, turmeric and asafoetida.
Step 5
Put the dal in this mixture along with the hot water.
Step 6
Cook on simmer until the dal is cooked – this could take about 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a pressure cooker – this will cook the dal in about 10 minutes.
Step 7
Garnish with coriander.