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Tomato dal or tomato pappu is an easy dal recipe. A simple and comforting dal  recipe which i learnt from my friend long back. Few days back , when was in no mood to cook i wanted to make something very simple yet tasty. I have little beetroot and few tomatoes and some carrots left over in the fridge. So i decided to make this tomato dal, Beetroot Chutney and carrot curry. It was absolutely a comforting meal and i thoroughly enjoyed the combo of tomato dal with beetroot chutney.  Try out this easy tomato dal recipe. Even you can have this roti too.

Tomato Dal


Tomato dal

  Preparation Time :10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins  |   Serves : 2-3

    Toor Dal (un cooked)   1/2 cup
    Onion 1 
    Tomato         2 
    Garlic    1 (Optional)
    Green chilli  1
    Curry leaves  few
    Oil       2 tsp
    Ghee  1 tsp
   Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
   Salt    to Taste
   Red chilli   2
   Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
   Coriander leaves   few 
   Curry leaves   Few


  • Pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder and water.
  • Once cooked, mash it nicely with the back of a ladle.
  • Chop the onions , tomatoes and green chilli
  • In a pan add oil and throw in the mustard seeds , green chilli,  red chilli and curry leaves.

tomato and onion

  • Add the onions and saute till they turn soft. Now add in the tomatoes.

add onion
tomato dal

  • If adding garlic crush it and add at this stage.
  • Add little turmeric powder and salt.
  • Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy.

Tomato dal
Onion tomato mixture

  • Add the cooked dal to this and mix well.
  • Let this boil for 5 minutes .
  • Switch off the flame and add the ghee. Addition of ghee will enhance the flavor of dal.

Add cooked dal
tomato dal

  • Before serving garnish with coriander leaves.
Tomato pappu
  1. Toor dal can be replaced with yellow moong dal also.
  2. Always choose the ripe tomatoes for the dal.

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