Spicy Dhal With Tomatoes

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

This makes a very colorful dhal, with a decent amount of spiciness. I eat this as a main dish over rice. It also serves as a nice side dish; in that case, double the servings. Originally from _Curried Favors_.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add water, thoor dhal (or yellow split peas), and turmeric to a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down, cover pan, and simmer for about 30 minutes (45 minutes for split peas); do not stir.
  3. If bubbles begin to spill over, remove cover until bubbles subside.
  4. While the dhal cooks, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and crushed red pepper to a heavy 3-quart saucepan, cover and cook over medium-high heat until mustard seeds begin to pop.
  5. Turn heat down to medium, add onion, garlic, and peppers, and saute until onion is soft (about 5 minutes).
  6. Add tomatoes and cook until they are soft (but not so long that they begin to lose their shape).
  7. When dhal is completely tender, mash it and add it to the tomato mixture.
  8. Add salt and bring to a boil.
  9. Add more water if necessary; consistency should be roughly that of thick soup.
  10. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and granish with chopped cilantro.
  12. Serve over rice.


Most Helpful

Great!! Love non-meat dinners, and this is just so damn tasty! Nice & spicy too. A favourite

NickH January 23, 2007

This is a most wonderful dal and I have to thank you on behalf of my whole family for posting this recipe! I used 1 1/2 cups of toor dal to make this. Instead of jalapeno peppers which are very hard to find here, I used 2 green chillies. Also, I used 1 medium onion, chopped instead of a whole cup{that was way too much for us}. As far as garlic goes, I used 4 cloves instead of 1 tsp. I used 1 1/2 tsps. of salt for this dal. We made this in our pressure cooker and pressure cooked the dal till we heard the first whistle. It was tender by then. The tomato mixture was prepared on the side. Once the dal was done, I mashed it and added the tomato mixture to it. The rest of the recipe was perfect. We've made this a regular and love it! Thank you for posting this one!

Charishma_Ramchandani February 13, 2005

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