Cousin Helen's Dal

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Ranikabani

A quick and easy tomato dal from Hyderabad, India.

Top Review by Maito

This daal was quite good, and definitely quick and easy. I didn't know what the conversion would be, so I used 1/2 tablespoon of tamarind concentrate dissolved in hot water, which made it quite tart, but that was fine by me. I used 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne, but probably should have used more, as I omitted the dried chilies (didn't have any). Half a tablespoon of oil was ample here. I did add a sprinkle of salt to this. Served 3 as a meal with chapati and salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash dal thoroughly.
  2. Boil the dal (lentils).
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a separate frying pan, heat oil.
  5. Add mustard,cummin seeds,dry red chillies and curry leaves when the oil is hot.
  6. Lower the heat and put in the cayenne pepper, turmeric,coriander powder (according to your taste) Add chopped tomatoes (no skins) and cook this on slightly higher heat adding a little water as necessary.
  7. Add tamarind juice and add this mixture to the boiled dal.
  8. Bring it all to a boil.

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