Jul 15, 2013

Tadka Dal | Paruppu Kulambu | Pappu Charu | Lentil curry

Tadka Dal  is a Indian lentil based curry. You can make this recipe on certain days when there are no vegetables or meat. This recipe is very light and a straightforward recipe. 

I made this recipe for light dinner. The flavors from  onions and tomatoes compliments very well; and spiced it up with green chilies. Tadka (seasoning) is made with mustard, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves which gives good aroma to this recipe. 


1 cup Toor Dal
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
4 Green Chilies
1 sprig of Curry leaves
1 small Onion, thinly sliced
1 Tomato, diced
3-4 sprigs of Cilantro
2 tsp Oil | Ghee


  • Cook dal in pressure cooker with 3 cups of water. After cooker has cooled mash dal 

  • In a heavy bottm vessel, heat oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and  fenugreek seeds

  • When it starts to sizzle, add onions and  green chilies. Saute until onions turn transparent

  • Add Tomatoes. Cook in medium heat for 2-3 minutes

  • Add mashed dal to this seasoning. Add water is required

  • Adjust salt as per taste. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes while stirring in between

  • Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with steamed rice or roti

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